MI vs KXIP
April 10, 8.00PM IST
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Both MI and KXIP will go into this match will a lot of confidence, after each beaten high-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last outings. While Punjab stand on 8 points after 6 games, Mumbai have six but have played a match lesser.
The deck at the Wankhede Stadium is known for big hits, and the smaller boundaries make lives miserable for the bowlers. Hence, batters are expected to have a field day once again, and a score of 185 can easily be chased down as well.
As far as the playing 11 goes, Mumbai are likely to go in unchanged, while Punjab, who have constantly changed their team might opt for Pooran as filling the team with as many batters on a good batting deck is not a bad move. Varun Chakravarthy, after his dismal debut, might be given a game too.
MI Predicted 11
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP Predicted 11
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicolas Pooran, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman
KL Rahul is my preferred keeper for this game, as he is his team’s highest run-getter and has made an impact with his ability to grit it out at the crease. With the World Cup squad selection just a few days away, the Indian keeper would want to cement his spot with continued consistent performances.
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Chris Gayle has not yet fired in IPL 2019, but he is too dangerous a player to ignore as on his day he can wreak havoc. He will find the conditions at Mumbai to his liking and could be a player to watch out for. Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan have been the other performers for the unit, while Suryakumar is my lone batter from Mumbai Indians. I have filled as many top-order players in my side, as the bowlers will hardly get assistance, and one of these four players (including KL Rahul) can be counted upon to get a big knock.
Sam Curran has shown what he is capable of in this tournament while picking the Pandya brothers is a no-brainer. I have opted to leave out Ravichandran Ashwin because if dew comes in and Punjab bowls second, his impact will drastically reduce. Hardik has been pitching in both with bat and ball, while Krunal is yet to fire with the bat but has kept things economical with the ball.
Jasprit Bumrah might be counted more as a bowler who curtails runs than picks wickets, but the openers from Punjab are most likely going to attack from ball 1, which increases his chances of getting a wicket. This is the same reason Behrendorff is on my side as well. Rahul Chahar rounds up my Dream11 side.
Captain and Vice-captain: Hardik Pandya, Chris Gayle