MI vs KXIP Predictions and Betting : The Indian Premier League 2020 has scheduled two double headers for the third straight week with every team playing a game. On Sunday, the second game will be played between the 4th time champions Mumbai Indians and the last placed Kings XI Punjab.
The Mumbai Indians are looking very dangerous are one of the main contenders to win their 5th title whereas the Kings XI Punjab are in desperate search of redemption in the second half for an outside chance of making it to the play-offs.
Even though the contest between the 1st placed and 8th placed team, it will produce some quality cricket at the end of the day.
IPL MI vs KXIP Predictions and Cricket Betting Tips
MI vs KXIP Predictions and Betting : Recent form and head-to-head
MI came into IPL 2020 as favorites and they have remained to be one of the teams in the hunt of this year’s IPL trophy. Despite losing to CSK in the first game and losing a close game against RCB, they haven’t done much wrong in this edition with a strong line up where players are going on with their business.
They have currently won 6 games and are on a 5-match unbeaten streak so far. With a win on Sunday, they move closer to a top spot finish in the league.
KXIP looked all shattered and scattered after the first half with just one victory in 7 games. But it seems that they have got some confidence with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.
Even though it’s too early to call for a comeback but KXIP can still believe in getting to the playoffs if they believe and execute their plans perfectly. That super over loss against Delhi Capitals in the first game and the game against Rajasthan Royals where they chased down 224 took a toll on the players mindset.
But it seems that they cannot be written off as they win to live for another day in this season.
Unlike other opponents, KXIP haven’t faltered when they have faced the champion side. In the 25 games played between the sides, the KXIP won 11 matches as opposed to 14 defeats with their recent meeting going in favor of MI at the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.
In the last five games between the teams, Mumbai has managed to win 4 out of 5 games which tips the balance towards them. Even though it looks like MI are the heavy favorites, KXIP looked to be a rejuvenated with the captain KL Rahul leading from the front.
MI vs KXIP prediction and betting analysis: Team news
MI are one of the only teams to have not made drastic changes in their eleven this season. They have a settled line up which has experience and can rattle any opponent.
The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock arrived to the party against Kolkata Knight Riders with the pair getting the team to an explosive start. The duo getting back to groove is bad news to other teams.
Suryakumar Yadav at 3 is solid and has the right balance between consolidating and going for the big shots. Ishan Kishan has done his job coming at No.4 while Hardik Pandya hasn’t really opened up this season, which will happen eventually.
The explosive all-rounder duo of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya can win games for the team from any position. In particular, Pollard has been the biggest match winner for them and continues to bat with ease and is deceptive with the ball.
The bowling attack led by the pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult is terrifying to the eye who can give you breakthroughs in the powerplay as well as in the death.
The third pacer is between James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter Nile who just played his first game against KKR last night. James Pattinson might return to the squad given that he has improved by many folds and has learnt to hit yorkers in the death.
Rahul Chahar has been handy for the side who has been the spinning option but does control the running option in the middle overs.
The KXIP side looked a lot different when they played RCB the other night. The inclusion of Gayle has not only brought new energy into the team but has also taken off some pressure of the opening pair.
The duo of Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal has been the best in this league with relentless, explosive batting early in the innings. Chris Gayle coming at 3 worked out well and they would want to continue it despite the West Indian needing some time to come in for the fireworks.
Nicholas Pooran has been the only performer in that middle order and looks to be a promising talent with years to come.
Glenn Maxwell has been sloppy and hasn’t finished games for the team in the recent past. He will have to contribute in the coming games to secure victories. Chris Jordan was back to his best after being expensive in the initial games.
Mohammed Shami looks heavily improved in the death whereas Arshdeep Singh needs to be consistent with his variations and the length he bowls in.
The spin pair of Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi were excellent the other day giving no room for the batsman by bowling hard lengths. This in turn makes it that much hard to score at will as the batsman has to manufacture big shots which is a high-risk option. They might go unchanged for the big game on Sunday.
MI vs KXIP prediction and betting Summary : Prediction for the Match
The clash between MI and KXIP will be held on 18th October in the Dubai International stadium at 7.30pm IST. The pitch at Dubai usually favors the side who bats 1st and slows down as the game progresses.
With long boundaries and a two paced wicket, the spinners will have a massive role in the outcome of this encounter. Even though the betting platforms and pundits back MI to win this, KXIP have all it requires to surprise the 4-time champs.
The online betting sites and the predictions platforms predicts win for Mumbai Indians in match against KXIP.
As per Betway , the betting odds for Mumbai Indians stands at 1.57 and for KXIP the odds are 2.25.