Kings XI Punjab take on Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium tonight Credit: IPL Twitter

It is match number 13 of the Dream11 IPL 2020 where Kings XI Punjab take on the Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Both teams have had pretty similar fortunes so far in the tournament, including a Super-Over loss.

While the Kings XI lost their opening game against the Delhi Capitals in a Super-Over, they followed up with a massive victory against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, before being defeated by the Rajasthan Royals in a high-scoring thriller.

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Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians lost their season opener against the Chennai Super Kings, which they followed up with a win against the Kolkata Knight Riders, before they suffered defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a Super-Over.

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Tonight, as both these teams look to get back to winning ways, we bring some of the important talking points going around this match

KL Rahul vs Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have this habit of making batting look unbelievably easy, and with both of them showing forms in their past games, it would be a great contest between the two skippers.

KL Rahul is the current Orange Cap-Holder of IPL 2020 with 223 runs to his name, and will walk out to bat with a lot of confidence after two very good scores of 132* and 69 in the past two games respectively.

Meanwhile Rohit Sharma has shown his class time and again while opening the batting for Mumbai Indians. With Rohit hitting form in the match against Kolkata getting 90 odd runs, Mumbai will be hoping a match-winning show from their captain.

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Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah’s death-overs economy rate this season has been a massive concern for the Mumbai Indians so far. Bumrah’s economy in the death is 14.6 this season, which is significantly higher than his economy rate of last season which was 7.8. Bumrah has seemed a bit rusty coming back from a long break. He gave away 42 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore which is very unlikely, and the Mumbai Indians would surely want him to bounce back strongly, as he has been a serious asset for the Mumbai Indians over the years.

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard’s return to form will be a big positive for the Mumbai Indians going ahead into the tournament. Pollard smashed some really long sixes towards the end of their innings against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and it would be a great contest to watch him bat against two young spinners in the KXIP line up

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HEAD–TO-HEAD

Overall (21 matches – MI:13 | KXIP:11)
MI and KXIP have fared off against each other 21 times in the IPL so far and MI have the better numbers with 13 wins out of the 21 matches played whereas KXIP have won only 11

Recent (Last 5 matches)
MI have a slight upper hand in the recent head-to-head numbers, with three wins against KXIP in the previous five matches.
LAST 5 GAMES
MI won by 3 wickets
KXIP won by 8 wickets
MI won by 3 runs
MI won by 6 wickets
KXIP won by 7 runs

Milestones to lookout for
– Rohit Sharma is 2 runs away from 5000 IPL runs
– Mayank Agarwal is 26 runs away from 1500 IPL runs.
– KL Rahul is 26 runs away from 1500 IPL runs for KXIP
– Suryakumar Yadav is 2 sixes away from 50 IPL sixes

PREDICTED XI
Kings XI Punjab: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Karun Nair, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 James Neesham, 7 Sarfaraz Khan, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 M Ashwin, 10 Sheldon Cottrell, 11 Mohammed Shami.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah

MATCH DETAILS
Kings XI Punjab
vs Mumbai Indians

Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription

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