Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab would meet each other for the cracker match on the first double match weekend of the season. Both teams have one point each with two matches as of now. But the momentum is with the Mumbai Indians with a thrilling win against RCB. Get the cricket match prediction and tips for the match.
Last few matches of these matches have really brought some entertainment to the game. There have been few controversies like mankading and missed no balls. Both the teams right in the center of the controversies, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians would face each other at Mohali. Punjab franchise needs to get their mojo back despite winning the controversial first game. Read on the cricket match prediction.
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Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI was in the headlines in their opening game thanks to Ashwin for mankading Jos Butler. Everything seems to be happening with Punjab when Ashwin miscalculated and kept only 3 players inside the circle and Russell getting bowled by Shami on that no ball. From there on, Russell went to take the match away from Punjab.
Worrisome area for Punjab has been the death bowling. Though the bowling attack comprises of likes of Andrew Tye, Mohammad Shami, and Viljoen, they have not been able to impress much.
Chakravarthy had a disgusting debut by conceding 35 runs in 4 overs. Ashwin himself was too expensive. Overall, bowling has been a concern area for the franchise. Ashwin might like to make a couple of changes to the team.
Murugan Ashwin might get a chance in place of Chakravarthy who is at great risk. Ankit Rajpoot might make a comeback. Overseas players are well set and performing reasonably well. At last, Punjab would be looking for good performance from Lokesh Rahul and Ravi Ashwin.
Mumbai Indians had a lucky victory in the last match against RCB. It was a good bowling performance by Jasprit Bumrah who was not to play the last match due to injury. However, he took the onus and proved to be a vital player for any side he plays for.
Bowling is a good positive point for Mumbai. They make a quality bowling line-up with the likes of Bumrah, Malinga, Pandya brothers and Markande. Though Malinga didn’t bowl well in the first match, he is set to improve in the upcoming matches.
They even have Pollard as an option for bowling. This is a strong bowling line-up which any side would like to have to defend the big totals.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Cock and Suryakumar Yadav got runs in the previous match and makes a good top 3. It is followed by Yuvraj Singh who is in great nick. Everyone was waiting for the nostalgic moment when he got 3 sixes in 3 balls. He has good bat lift and can be very dangerous. Then comes the Pandya brothers who exploded in the last match. And we should not forget Pollard of course.
No changes should be expected from Mumbai Indians.
Head to Head Tipster
Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have played 22 matches in the IPL with the former winning 10 and the latter winning 12 matches. Mumbai has won five of the last seven face-offs against KXIP. In last season Mumbai got wins both the matches.
Probable Playing XI Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen/Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Varun Chakravarthy/Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Probable Playing XI Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
Weather is not going to interrupt the play at any moment at Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Pitch here is excellent for batting and boundaries are short. Plenty of runs should be on the board. A score of 180-190 should be on par.
Toss Prediction Tips
Teams batting second have won more matches here than team batting first. Pitch is not likely to change with time and hence winning the toss, the team would like to field first.
Cricket Match Prediction
Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians both have a strong batting attack. But the latter have more strength in bowling and that might give them an edge over the hosts. Also, Mumbai has more hitting power in the middle order and we expect Mumbai Indians to win the game more likely.