The second match of the Sunday double-header will take place between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the bottom dwellers Kings Xl Punjab at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. The much anticipated encounter will mark the 36th match of the Indian Premier League 2020.
The two teams come into this match with contrasting backgrounds as Mumbai Indians in reign of the points table. While the KXIP who have showcased some outstanding performances are dwelling at the bottom of the table. Though the chances of the Punjab looks very dim at the moment, the team will be looking forward to avoiding ending the tournament as the bottom dwellers.
The last encounter between the two sides saw Mumbai Indians dominate the proceedings and win the match by a huge margin of 48 runs. The toss was in favor of KL Rahul and Co. and they decided to chase down the target. Mumbai Indians had a fretting start to their innings as their key player Quinton de Kock was dismissed for a duck. Though, the great form of their captain Rohit Sharma combined with the cameo of Kieron Pollard ensured the team reached a good total of 191. The KXIP were left clueless after the early dismissals of their openers, with only Nicholas Pooran was able to make a significant contribution.
Both the teams will come into the match on the back of wins as Mumbai Indians had a thumping 8 wickets win over the Kolkata Knight Riders. While, the KXIP after a five match losing streak were finally able to get over the line against the Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets with the help of their captain KL Rahul and West Indian Legend Chris Gayle.
Match Toss Time: 17:30 Local (19:00 IST)
Match Start Time: 18:00 Local (19:30 IST)
Match Venue: Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
The conditions are ideal for the sport as clear skies are reported throughout the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 29-31 degree range. While the humidity is expected to reach the mark of 52% around the second innings.
The pitch in Dubai has been more friendly to the batsmen with the occasional odd bounce and spin favoring the slow bowlers. As seen in the last few matches any score of 170 by the team batting first seems to put the team chasing in trouble. With the match scheduled to take place in the evening, the due is once again expected to play a vital role.
Mumbai Indians seem to be invincible at the moment as they have been making easy work of the opposition in the last few games. The management will be more than happy to continue with the same Xl that handed them a comfortable victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.
KXIP on the other side would be feeling more confident as the ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle announced his return in style by scoring a half- century. They would be hoping the batting performance of the team can continue the same way and are likely to feature the same Xl that played against the RCB.
Probable Playing Xl
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile/ James Pattinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Kings Xi Punjab (KXIP): KL Rahul (C&WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
MI vs KXIP Fantasy Team
Quinton de Kock(wk), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Captain Picks: KL Rahul (KXIP), Rohit Sharma (MI)
Vice- Captain Picks: Quinton de Kock (MI), Chris Gayle (KXIP)
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