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The match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will be a David vs Goliath battle. While the Mumbai Indians are cruising ahead in their Indian Premier League (IPL) title defence, Kings XI Punjab have won only two games so far in IPL 2020.
The Mumbai Indians are coming off a comprehensive victory against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Crucial players like Quinton de Kock are finding their form at the right time for Mumbai. The team looks well-balanced with ample depth in the batting department and quality in the bowling department. Each and every player in the team has contributed to MI's success.
Kings XI Punjab got some relief in IPL 2020 after a much-needed win against RCB in their last game. The Kings will be buoyed by the return of Chris Gayle, who provides a lot of strength to the KXIP's batting-unit by beefing up their middle-order.
Having said that, one of the biggest positives for the Kings in their last match was the bowling of Chris Jordan. Jordan, who is known for his death-bowling expertise, hasn't really made his mark in this year's IPL. However, if he can continue bowling at the death the way he did against RCB, this can be his season in the IPL.
MI vs KXIP match details
Date: 18th October 2020 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
MI vs KXIP weather forecast
The temperatures will be between 36 and 25 degrees celsius.
MI vs KXIP pitch report
The pitches have slowed down considerably in the U.A.E, which has provided excellent contests between the bat and ball. The batsmen will need to apply themselves in order to get big runs as it won't be easy to hit big shots.
MI vs KXIP predicted XIs
Kings XI Punjab
Murugan Ashwin was excellent on his return to the playing XI. Even though the Kings lack batting depth, after finally getting a win under their belt, the team are likely to field an unchanged side.
Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Nathan Coulter-Nile did take a wicket in his debut match for the Mumbai Indians but proved to be too expensive, especially in the death overs. However, the team are likely to persist with him for a couple of matches. There isn't any other reason to disrupt the team's winning combination.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
MI vs KXIP match prediction
If you look at both the team's form in the tournament so far, it will be difficult for KXIP to defeat the Mumbai Indians. Expect the Mumbai Indians to consolidate their position in the points table.
MI vs KXIP TV and live streaming details
TV: Star Sports Network
Live streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP