KXIP Vs MI Match Prediction, Playing 11 & Pre-Match Analysis: Who Will Win today’s match?

KXIP Vs MI Match Prediction, Playing 11 & Pre-Match Analysis: Who Will Win today’s match?

Welcome to the live IPL updates, team news, and predictions. IPL 2018 is now 33 matches old, and the 34th will be played between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. It is going to be a nail-biter for the MI fans for sure. Let’s check out today’s match preview, prediction, and pre-match analysis.

KXIP (Kings XI Punjab)

After a long rest KXIP will look to start afresh following a 13 runs defeat at the hands of SRH. It has been a decent outing for the men from Punjab till now with 5 wins and 2 losses. However, they will now face a barrage of matches, and it will be a tricky schedule for them as they will face RR twice following the MI game twice in a span of 2 days. Chris Gayle will be fit and fine, and his batting exploits have been amazing, and with KL Rahul in majestic form, KXIP will pin their hopes on the openers to provide the firepower upfront. The middle order does need a few adjustments with Aaron Finch still finding his feet in IPL 2018, and Manoj Tiwary trying to fill in for out of form Yuvraj Singh.Mayank Agarwal has played few blistering strokes this term, but he tends to give away his wicket at crucial junctures of the game. Karun Nair is another in-form batsman, and Ashwin may send him up the order, and let him play around the likes of Gayle and Rahul.

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Axar Patel is still out of contention, but Mujeeb ur Rahman looks to come of age while Ashwin hasn’t been influential in IPL 2018 till now. It is good to see Ankit Rajpoot making a name for himself while Barinder Sran may soon find himself in the wilderness if he cannot come up with the goods. Overall a decent Mohali pitch will mean pacers will get some purchase and the spinners will fancy their chances due to longer boundaries.

The key players for me would be KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Given MI’s bowling woes and an inexperienced pace unit, KXIP openers could decide the fate of the match within the powerplay if they keep going.

Playing XI

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch/Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye

MI (Mumbai Indians)

This is a no holds barred match for Mumbai Indians if they wish to keep themselves alive in the competition. A loss to RCB meant that MI need to win all their last 6 matches in order to secure a playoff spot. The decision to bench Lewis may have backfired as Kishan fell for a duck and getting Kieron Pollard in as a specialist batsman is a big gamble. Duminy’s knock didn’t correspond to the asking rate, but given the southpaw’s experience MI will consider him for another match. Hardik Pandya was brilliant both with the bat and ball while accounting for a brilliant direct hit, which got rid of McCullum. Rohit has performed well as a captain, but he is still missing out on the X-factor that he brings to the team with his bat.

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Bowling McClenaghan the last over was a big mistake from Sharma, but barring that the Kiwi pacer bowled really well. The Mohali turf will be different and will have more bite for him and Bumrah. Little or no changes could be expected from MI, but they will need to sort out the Pollard problem.

It will be Rohit Sharma to be the mastermind on the field, and would also like to back Suryakumar Yadav to be a match winner. Bumrah will fancy bowling slower length balls on a juicy Mohali pitch with long boundaries. Hardik Pandya could be another man given his recent performances.

Playing XI

Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya/Anukul Roy, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

KXIP Vs MI Prediction: Who Will Win today’s match?

On a flat and new Indore pitch, KXIP is the clear favorites, and IPL 2018 is reaching the business end leaving KXIP needing only 4 to win out of their remaining 7 to seal a confirm spot. MI will fancy their chances. However, it will depend on MI’s hunger for the playoff spot, but KXIP coming afresh will be my favorites considering match winners like Gayle and Rahul. 

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