PBKS vs MI: Struggling Punjab Kings clash against giants Mumbai Indians on Friday evening IPL 2021 match at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Both teams enter this match after losing their last match by a big margin. It will be a big clash between some of the biggest names in T20 cricket.
Match Details: PBKS vs MI
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Date: 23rd April 2021. Time: 19:30 IST.
Preview: PBKS vs MI
Punjab Kings enter this match after another loss against struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad just two days ago. It was a big loss for them as they lost by 9 wickets, which will reflect on their net run rate. With three losses in the opening four matches, they sit at 7th position in the league table. RR, SRH, and KKR are also in the same position right now so it’s not too late for PBKS.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians have won two and lost two matches and now sit at 4th position in the league table. They lost their last fixture against Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets. Before that, they had a habit of defending small targets and managed to do the same in the last match as well but fail short. Scoring big totals is the main concern for the IPL giants. They have failed to score past 160 runs in the opening four games. Middle-order is yet to shine as Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya are failing consistently.
Weather Report PBKS vs MI:
Chennai weather will same on Friday clash also. No high temperature and no rain during the night-time.
Spinners are enjoying their spells at the Chennai pitch in this IPL as expected. But it’s not entirely true. Pacers are also managed to get enough wickets in the end. Mumbai Indians spinners will fancy their chances on Friday, especially Rahul Chahar. Punjab Kings don’t have enough firepower with quality spinners options except for Murugan Ashwin.
Probable Playing XI:
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agrawal, KL Rahul(C&WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, M Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, A Singh.
Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock(WK), Rohit Sharma(C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Krunal Pandya, J Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Head to Head Stats: PBKS vs MI
KL Rahul: Punjab Kings captain will be the must-pick choice for any fantasy league fanatic. He is in great form despite failing to lead his team to big wins. He made just 4 runs off 6 balls in the last match but was consistent in the first three fixtures.
Rohit Sharma: MI legend is back in great form with 44 off 30 balls inning in the last match against Delhi Capitals. He only needs some kind of performance for his teammates to guide his team to the fifth IPL trophy.
Hardik Pandya: You can’s miss this player from your team. He is going through bad patch right now after getting out on duck against DC. He will be raring to go against PBKS to find his usual form.
Jasprit Bumrah: Indian top pacer is also out of form in 2021 but he is also in the search of one performance that could turn things around for him.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav.
Team 1(If PBKS bats first):
Team 2(If MI bats first):
Probable Winners: MI
Mumbai Indians have the upper hand in this clash as due to their strong bowling unit. Boult and Bumrah once again will be the key deciders of this clash.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.