|Match Date:||10th April, Wednesday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 pm|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||30,000|
|Match Venue:||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
The Match 24 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Mumbai Indians welcome an in-form Kings XI Punjab side at the Wankhede Stadium. Although Mumbai Indians started the campaign nervously, they have now won registered two consecutive wins against teams like CSK and SRH.
However, KXIP has also had a better outing thus far, having won three of their last 4 matches. They now stand at the third position. With two in-form teams facing each other, it is sure to be a power-packed evening.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab IPL match:
|Key Players in form||MI– Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh|
KXIP – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
|Weather Conditions||29℃, 73% humidity, Winds up to 19 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four out of seven times last season. However, this year, defending teams have won both of the matches played here. Thus, choosing to bat first would be more appropriate.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-Friendly. Although wind and humidity may offer help to bowlers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 167 Highest Total (2018): 186/6 (MI) Last Match: MI 170/5 | 133/8 CSK|
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 69 m, Straight Boundary: 85 m|
|Injury Updates||MI – Adam Milne (Heel)|
KXIP – Chris Gayle has returned to action after suffering a shoulder injury early in the season. He is expected to feature Mumbai.
|Home Advantage||Mumbai Indians|
|Head-to-Head||MI 12 -11 KXIP (0 Draw)|
|Playing11||Mumbai Indians Playing11|
Quinton de Kock (Wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.KXIP Playing11
KL Rahul (Wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Ankit Rajpoot.
|Impact Players||Alzarri Joseph|
MI vs KXIP Preview
Mumbai Indians look like a team to beat this season. This is evident from the way the team is grinding out results. They defeated RCB in their own stable, before beating last year’s finalists CSK and SRH comfortably.
Their last victory was especially noteworthy considering it was away at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, SRH’s fortress. Having been asked to bat first, MI demonstrated immense character to emerge from 62/5 to finish strongly at 136/7.
However, it was their bowling that was the talk of the town. Having lost an experienced Lasith Malinga before the match, it was always going to be a difficult second innings for MI. But one name – Alzarri Joseph – shone the brightest and scalped as many as 6 wickets to help his side win by 40 runs. The West Indian’s epic feat of 6/12 also broke the 11-year-old record for the best debut bowling figures set by Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir (6/14).
With him, MI may just have found the last piece of their squad puzzle, especially in the bowling department. Earlier in the season, the team had experimented with Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Cutting, Rasikh Salam, and Mayank Markande, all of whom weren’t effective. Lasith Malinga too was in the frame for some time.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 9, 2019
However, Alzarri, along with Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behrendorff, and Hardik Pandya form a menacing pace attack while Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya form an impressive spin combination. Chahar has been particularly imposing in the last few innings and looks set for a long inning with MI. The Indians, thus, look set to have a deep run in the competition.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, has been successful in bringing out the best from the limited resources that they have. The bowlers, speaking generally, have been good, although there is still scope for improvement there.
However, it is the batting that surprises the most. KL Rahul has found his lost form back and already features third in the race for the Orange Cap. Mayank Agarwal has been another consistent performer.
The situation could have been far different in the match against SRH after Gayle departed in the third over. However, the two batsmen stayed at the crease and saw to it that the score went from 18/1 to 132/1.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 9, 2019
While Kings will hope that Rahul continues to perform in the same manner, Chris Gayle will also have to perform well against MI, if they are to salvage anything in Mumbai.
They got it right in the first meeting against MI in Punjab, using the home conditions correctly to their advantage. However, things can be different at Wankhede, especially with Mumbai Indians back in form. They look like a team to beat and more balanced of the two on paper. We thus put our money on MI over KXIP.
Wankhede is an out and out batting pitch, with the team batting first enjoying the most success. Choosing 4-5 batsman would, thus, make sense. Hardik Pandya and Sam Curran have been in form and they should make it to the all-rounder spots of your team. Among bowlers, Alzarri Joseph and Rahul Chahar would be smart choices considering their modest credits.
MI vs KXIP Dream11 Team 1
KL Rahul (Wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Sam Curran, Hardik Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph.
MI vs KXIP Dream11 Team 2
Quinton de Kock (Wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Sam Curran, Hardik Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph.