Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) would have finally taken a big sigh of relief after winning their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore and breaking their five matches losing streak. Notably, both their win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 have come against RCB.
Kings XI Punjab have now a big challenge to face Mumbai Indians on Sunday (October 18) in Dubai. The defending champions are topping the points table while KXIP are at the bottom of the table with four points. The Punjab-based franchise will strive to win the match against MI to keep their chances alive for Playoffs. Although it is a hard task, IPL has always been unpredictable. Let’s take a look at how KXIP playing XI can shape in to combat MI.
Kings XI Punjab predicted XI against Mumbai Indians:
1. KL Rahul (c & wk):
KL Rahul is leading the table of scoring most runs. He has amassed 448 runs in eight matches at the strike rate of 133.33. Kings XI Punjab captain will be a lot more confident after sealing the win for them in the last match. He will be positive to win the game against Mumbai Indians.
2. Mayank Agarwal:
Mayank Agarwal is the second-highest scorer of the tournament so far. He has opened the innings with KL Rahul in the past eight matches and has been able to give a good start to the team. In eight matches, he has scored 382 runs at a healthy strike rate of 161.18.
Chris Gayle is back with full power. After the first missing action because of several reasons, he was back against RCB in their last meeting. He earlier struggled to face balls but he bounced stronger and started smacking sixes to RCB bowlers. He scored 53 runs off 45 balls, striking five maximums. Kings XI Punjab will want him to give a similar performance against Mumbai Indians.
4. Nicholas Pooran:
Nicholas Pooran is taking responsibility to score runs after KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, and he is the only good positive factor that has come out for Kings XI Punjab this season. The Windies is going to play a significant role for the team this season.
5. Glenn Maxwell:
Although Glenn Maxwell is struggling to score runs, Kings XI Punjab will back him in another four to five games seeing his exploits in international cricket. He will be expected to find his form soon. Otherwise, the team will get hurt in further matches as well.
6. Deepak Hooda:
Deepak Hooda is a power-hitter and a good six bowling option. The spin bowling allrounder got the place in the last match against RCB but neither got the opportunity to bat or ball. He will retain his place in the coming matches because he has given outstanding performance in the past seasons.
7. Chris Jordan:
Chris Jordan proved to be economical in the last match against RCB although he didn’t pick wickets. He is known for his quality death bowler and for some hard-hitting shots lower down the order.
8. Ravi Bishnoi:
Ravi Bishnoi has taken responsibility very well. He has picked up eight wickets in eight matches. Against SRH, he brought Kings XI Punjab back in the game by breaking the century partnership of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. The 20-year-old is going to play a crucial role for Punjab.
9. Mohammed Shami:
Mohammed Shami is in the best form of his career. He has picked up 12 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 8.73. The pacer is a vital cog for Kings XI Punjab who struggling this season.
10. Murugan Ashwin:
Murugan Ashwin, the leg-spinner, has featured in eight matches and has picked up six wickets at a decent economy rate of 7.50. He will be playing against Mumbai Indians.
11. Arshdeep Singh:
The youngster got his first game for KXIP against SRH and impressed everyone with his performance. The left-arm pacer bagged two wickets of Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg. In the last match against KKR, he picked the wicket, Andre Russell. Against RCB, he picked the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal. He will maintain his spot in the playing XI against MI.