KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab will square off against defending champions Mumbai Indians in match 13 of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both teams will lock horns at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi on October 1 (Thursday) from 7:30 PM (IST) onwards.
Both the teams lost their respective last games in high-scoring encounters against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. KXIP bowlers failed to defend a massive total of 223 against an inspirational Steve Smith and co. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians lost the game in the Super Over against RCB, despite brilliant efforts from Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard.
The two teams are likely to make one or two changes in their playing XIs. MI might play left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan to give some rest to James Pattinson. While KXIP can play Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ishan Porel in place of Sheldon Cottrell and Murugan Ashwin
KXIP vs MI: Head-to-Head
Total matches played: 24
KXIP won: 11
MI won: 13
KXIP vs MI: Possible XIs
Kings XI Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin/Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman/Sheldon Cottrell
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (Wicket-Keeper), Rohit Sharma (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson/Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
KXIP vs MI: Players to watch out for
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard
KXIP vs MI: Match Prediction
Both the teams lost their last respective matches, so the equation of momentum won’t count much. But Mumbai Indians is one of the most successful sides of this tournament, so they know how to bounce back from a defeat. So, Rohit Sharma’s MI Paltan will start as the favourites to collect two crucial points in this game.