Sheldon Cottrell is likely to lose his place in the KingsXI Punjab line up after being hit for 5 sixes in an over by Rahul Tewatia. The West Indies fast bowler is likely to be replaced by young Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the KXIP vs Mumbai Indians game tonite.
The ground in Abu Dhabi is far bigger than Sharjah which means spinners will have bigger role to play at the venue and KXIP team management is thinking to include Rahman in place of Cottrell as he may be little short of confidence after being mauled in the last match. In case Mujeeb comes in KXIP will also have to make M.Ashwin sit on the bench to make room for inclusion of Indian pacer in the eleven which most likely will be Ishan Porel.
Unlike 2018 Mujeeb had less than an average season with KXIP in IPL 2019 as he was played just for 5 games last time. But he coming at the back of decent outing in CPL 2020 and may prove to be handy for KXIP against MI.
KXIP Probable XI: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran/Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, M Ashiwn/Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shami
KXIP vs MI Live : Strategy in Abu Dhabi
Chasing has remained the preferred choice of captains winning the toss, despite stats telling otherwise. The team that adapts quickly, to conditions and ground size, may come out on top. MI have a slight advantage there, having played two of their three games here while it’s the first time at this venue for Rahul & Co, who have been only in high scoring encounters at the comparatively smaller grounds.
KXIP vs MI Live : Heavy dependency on KL Rahul – Mayank Agarwal, when will others contribute ?
The area of big concern for Punjab is their batting. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are scoring very heavily at the top but others haven’t contributed much.
Game 1 – KXIP scored (157) Rahul-Mayank (110) Others (39)
Game 2 – KXIP scored (206) Rahul-Mayank (158) Others (37)
Game 3 – KXIP scored (232) Rahul-Mayank (175) Others (38)
The dependency on Rahul, Mayank is far too much. If they fail to click once again – it will be pressure time for others. Against Rohit’s MI it will be important for other batsman for KXIP to fire.
Currently both KXIP as well as Mumbai Indians have played 3 and lost two games in IPL 2020. Thursday’s clash could well be the game where the winning team breaks away from the rest in their qualification bid, whoever lose will only end up doing catch-up for the rest of the tournament.
IPL 2020 Stats : Head to Head MI vs KXIP
MI hold a 13-11 head-to-head advantage over KXIP
- KXIP at this venue: Played 2, Won 2
- MI at this venue: Played 3, Won 1, Lost 2
MI vs KXIP in IPL 2020 LIVE: Where to catch MI vs KXIP Live Streaming?
The match between MI vs KXIP will be live broadcasted on Star Sports Network in the Indian Sub-Continent. The MI vs KXIP will also be Live Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.
IPL 2020 Fans can also catch the MI vs KXIP Live Score & Ball by Ball Updates on InsideSport.co