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36th Match Preview - Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

by  Biswajit Majhi  •  Last updated on 2020-10-18 05:53:15

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Table toppers MI will be up against bottom placed Kings XI Punjab in a vital encounter. The 36th match of IPL 2020 will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on 18th of October. The match is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST.

More than Mumbai, it's Kings XI Punjab who will be more concerned about the match. They're in a do-or-die scenario where every match is a must win to remain alive in the tournament. Their last match performance against RCB will give them hope and optimism. Chris Gayle's return to the squad was evident as he fired 53 off 45 deliveries coming one-down. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been phenomenal at the top.

The last time both the teams met each other earlier in the tournament, MI outplayed KXIP in all departments. Asked to bat first, KXIP set up a mammoth total of 191. Rohit showed his class as he made 70 off 45 deliveries. Pollard and Hardik's quickfire of 47(20) and 30(11) respectively showed why they're one of the most destructive batsmen around. Punjab never looked in the chase as they kept losing wickets regularly and finally succumbing to a 48 runs defeat.

Both the teams are coming into this match with a win, KXIP with a even greater spirit. The trio of Rahul, Mayank, and Gayle at the top will once again be the key. But it's the bowling which has let them down in most cases. Jordan and Shami have to hold together a rather fragile attack.

MI have got nothing much to lose and are expected to play their natural game.

Probable Playing XI

MI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah


KXIP: KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh



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