Guarding champions Mumbai Indians will hope to bob back to winning ways when they go head to head against KL Rahul's Kings XI Punjab in the twelfth match of IPL 2020 at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
MI will sting in the wake of completing on the losing side of the exciting Super Over conflict against RCB in their last match, regardless of heroics from Ishan Kishan (58-ball 99) and West Indian all-rounder, Keiron Pollard (24-ball 60).
Kishan and Pollard nearly pulled off an inexplicable run-pursue as they scored 89 runs off the last five overs, yet with five hurries to get off the last conveyance, Pollard pulled a short ball from Isuru Udana to the square leg limit.
A marvelous Super Over from Navdeep Saini saw MI oversee only 7/1 from their six conveyances, and at long last, with one run required off the last conveyance, Virat Kohli flicked a full throw from Jasprit Bumrah for four to trigger wild festivals in the RCB camp.
KXIP, then again, have just themselves to fault, having lost their last match against the Rajasthan Royals from a position where they ought to have cavorted home serenely. With 51 runs required off the last three overs for RR to win, Sheldon Cottrell was trucked for five sixes in the eighteenth over by Rahul Tewatia, diminishing the condition to 21 of the last 12 balls.
Tewatia's excursion from zero to saint in only one over was all the rage as the southpaw's 31-ball 53, in the long run, helped the Royals downsize the 224-run target set by KXIP.
MI and KXIP are as of now positioned fifth and sixth on the focuses table, with one win and two misfortunes each from their three association stage experiences up until this point.
With a success for each side sure to see them jump to the head of the IPL 2020 focuses table, expect an exciting Mumbai v Punjab coordinate on the cards today.
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Will Ishan Kishan repeat his enchantment today against KXIP?
At the point when one glances at KXIP's achievement in this IPL 2020 season, its an obvious fact that they've ridden on heavenly exhibitions from the initial couple of Rahul and Agarwal.
The dynamic openers have consolidated to score 443 runs out of the 586 runs amassed by KXIP in their three matches in IPL 2020, somewhat more than 75% of the aggregate runs scored by the whole group.
The center request has barely got an opportunity to get in and get a vibe of the conditions, with Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, and Sarfaraz Khan confronting a joined all out of 71 balls in the three games played by KXIP up until now.
This could end up being the main problem for KXIP, in the event that one considers the way that Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, and James Pattinson are fit for causing many issues in advance.
In truth, neither of these bowlers have looked undermining, yet they're all elite, and one ball could do the stunt on the day. In the event that both of the three MI pacers figure out how to snaffle the valued scalp of one of these two openers from the get-go, it could change the elements of what the KXIP center request has to bring to the table.
On the bowling front, Sheldon Cottrell was swindled against RR, however, with the more drawn out limits in Abu Dhabi offering more for the bowlers, the West Indian pacer will be depended on to strike right on time for his side.
Provided MI's batting request which extends right until Krunal Pandya at No.7, Mohammed Shami's structure will be pivotal. The speedster looked crude against RR, and he should be at his best to get some early advancements to squeeze the MI batting unit.
Concerning MI, they've just played two matches at Abu Dhabi and that could hold them in great stead in front of this conflict against KXIP. While the powerlessness of the spinners to get wickets could involve concern, the profundity in their batting and bowling assets could see them have the wood over their adversaries for now.
KXIP vs MI Probable Playing XI
MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), SuryaKumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP: KL Rahul (captain/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran/Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, M Ashiwn, Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shami
Prediction: MI to win today.
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