Cricket match date: 10th April 2019
Cricket match time: 08:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: MI
Team B: KXIP
Team A Captain: Rohit Sharma
Team B Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
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Cricket Match Preview:
Mumbai Indians (MI) are back and they are winning cricket games earlier than they have done in recent times. Kings XI Punjab ( KXIP) have also begun well once again and are well-placed with three wins out of five cricket games. Indian Premier League (IPL) is now reaching its mid-stage and teams would like to maintain their winning momentum.
MI registered their best win of the tournament in the last cricket game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Defending a low score of 130 odd runs, they did it in a successful manner and got an unlikely victory against one of the favourites of the tournament. It sends out a signal to all the teams in the tournament that MI are alive and kicking.
KXIP had a bizarre cricket game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Chennai. It was always going to be a difficult game of cricket for KXIP considering the fortress that Chepauk has become for CSK over the years. But they held their own and for a very long time at that. First, they kept CSK quiet for a long time during their batting innings and it took another MS Dhoni special to reach the score of 160 runs while batting first.
In reply, they were hit hard by CSK bowlers and were reduced to 7 for 2 after 2 overs. Post that, KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Ahmed kept KXIP in the game and it looked like they will take KXIP home. However, some of the inexplicable tactics in between the over 14th to 17th they were pegged back and could not recover. In the end, it proved to be an easy win for CSK.
KXIP will know that it was at this stage of the tournament last year when they lost their way and could not make it to the playoffs. To avoid that this year, they will have to avoid losses like the one against CSK. MI will make their life difficult as well now that they are back in form. Very few sides in the tournament ride on momentum like MI do and that is where every side will be wary of them.
Cricket Match Information:
MI and KXIP will take on each other for the second time in this year’s IPL. In the first round of this clash, KXIP emerged victorious by eight wickets. As of now, Mumbai Indians have played five cricket games and won three games, whereas KXIP have played five cricket games and won three games. MI are placed at the fourth position while KXIP are placed at the fifth spot on the points table courtesy the net run rate.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
MI are being led by Rohit Sharma this year as well. He has led Mumbai towards victory on three occasions and MI are looking in fine form yet again. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of MI’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton de Kock
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Keiron Pollard
- Ishan Kishan
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Jason Behrendorff
- Alzarri Joseph
- Rahul Chahar
Kings XI Punjab
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second year in a row. He has had a mixed start in the tournament so far. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Mujeeb ur Rahman in the next cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Andrew Tye
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- GC Viljoen
- Ankit Rajpoot
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Quinton de Kock scored a half-century against KXIP the last time these two sides met with each other. He has looked good in other cricket games without reaching the big score and perhaps another game against KXIP will bring him back to his best. Our prediction is of another 50 plus score for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
To put it in short, Wankhede Stadium is a fortress for MI which many teams, including the CSK, have found difficult to breach. The pitch is beautiful to bat on while the boundaries are short. Our prediction is of a score of around 190 for this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be hot and humid.
MI will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They have the momentum now and with two back-to-back wins against tournament favourites like CSK and SRH, they will be hard to stop. Hence, our prediction is of MI’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Quinton de Kock (MI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Jason Behrendorff (MI) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Hardik Pandya (MI)
Mumbai Indians – 1.68
Kings XI Punjab – 2.05
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