IPL 2019 Match Preview: M24 – MI VS KXIP: The two teams met in Mohali earlier in Match 9; Kings XI Punjab prevailed in that contest after they chased down 177 quite convincingly.
Mumbai Indians:The globetrotter Lasith Malinga has made his way back into the Mumbai Indians camp on the eve of the game. But even he will find it near impossible to dislodge a man who racked up the best ever bowling figures in the IPL in his debut game.
It could be a toss-up between Malinga and the left-arm variety of Jason Behrendoff for the final spot. The other possible area of concern could be Quinton de Kock’s form with Evin Lewis in the waiting. But de Kock’s only fifty of the season came against the very same opponents which could still enable him to hold onto his spot.
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishen, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga/Jason Behrendoff
Kings XI Punjab:There’s no saying what Ashwin could pull out of his hat. But that said, there aren’t any pressing worries for KXIP to change the eleven that won their last outing only recently. Their concerns would revolve around how their batsmen pace their innings in a T20 game. A key figure in that aspect, Chris Gayle, has had some quiet outings and could just find a pitch that is more suited to his liking.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, R Ashwin, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Ankit Rajpoot
Stats and Trivia
-> MI & KXIP have one of the most even head to head record in IPL – 12 wins for MI to 11 for KXIP. At Wankhede it’s 4-4.
-> The highest run getter of the season for MI is Quinton de Kock with 133 runs; 21st in overall list and 216 behind Orange Cap holder David Warner.
-> KXIP have been the most dominant team in the middle overs scoring at 8.96 per over (the joint highest) and have lost the fewest wickets in this phase. MI (7.60), on the other hand, have fared only better than RCB (6.89) in the middle overs (7-15).
Head to Head in IPL
Overall: Matches – 23,Mumbai Indians – 12, Kings XI Punjab –11.
At the Wankhede Stadium: Matches – 8, Mumbai Indians – 4, Kings XI Punjab – 4.