The buoyant force of the IPL 2019, Mumbai Indians will take on Kings XI Punjab at the historic Wankhede Stadium. The three-time IPL champions will be keen to continue their winning run. However, positive Punjab’s players have shown some promise in all traits, so far. Before discussing the match prediction, Windies youngster Alzarri Joseph will be the cynosure of all eyes at the Wankhede.
The Antiguan 22-year-old Joseph has bowled one of the remarkable spells in the IPL history. He has bagged six wickets for just 12 runs, in his debut game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Thus, eclipsing Sohail Tanvir’s 11-year-old record of six for 14 against CSK.
With Indians’ strengthened by a packed bowling line-up, KXIP equally has some swashbuckling batsmen to make contest evenly poised.
Except for a couple of hiccups, KXIP has delivered according to the expectations. On the other side, MI had a mixed start to the season. However, the recent show against SRH has boosted the team’s morale.
With KXIP sitting third on the points table with eight points in six games, Indians had already bagged six points in five outings so far since March 24.
However, he made amends by pacing up his innings with his power-hitting ability to see hosts over the line against SRH.
Recently, Punjab won the game by six wickets at Mohali while riding on a fine half-century from Rahul and Mayank Agarwal 55 (43) each.
Head-to-Head – MI vs KXIP:
Total 23 matches MI 12, KXIP 11
Wankhede as a venue: 8 matches; MI 4, KXIP 4
Predicted Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c): Quinton de Kock (wk), Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Alzarri Joseph, Krunal Pandya, Jason Behrendorff and Rahul Chahar.
Kings XI Punjab:
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ankit Rajpoot.
So far, the pitch has favoured the batters. We could expect another run-fest at the iconic Wankhede. Meanwhile, bowlers while be relying on their handful of tricks on a seemingly placid surface.
The light night game might keep away players to avoid scorching Sun, but the humidity is a massive concern. The maxium temperature will hover around 31-degree Celcius, whereas, the minimum temperature is expected around 27-degree centigrade.
Overall, it’s going to be tough for foreign players in particular.
While considering the moisture, the team winning the toss would straightaway decide to bowl first.
It’s too tough to pick favourites for the particular game, but hosts have some match-winners in their side to challenge KXIP.
We could expect a projected score of 180-plus on this venue. Given the varied options, it a game to help Indians with points.
In short, it isn’t going to be that easy for hosts at their den.