Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2021, 17th match
- Rohit Sharma and Jayant Yadav produced decent performances for Mumbai Indians in the previous game.
- Mumbai Indians suffered defeat at the hands of Delhi Capital in a game played on Tuesday.
- Punjab Kings have suffered comprehensive defeats in their previous two matches.
Mumbai Indians will be looking to make a strong comeback after losing their previous game against Delhi Capitals. Rohit Sharma will be hoping that the side can put in an improved batting performance in this contest.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings will need to adjust to the conditions and put up a strong fight in this fixture. The team management might be keen to make one or two changes to their final XI for this game.
Teams' Strengths & Weaknesses
England duo of Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan could be slotted into the playing XI for this game. Nicholas Pooran and Riley Meredith could be dropped after doing not much with the bat and ball in the first three matches.
The inclusion of Dawid Malan will bolster the batting resources for Punjab Kings for this all-important clash.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to get the side off to a decent start.
Veteran Chris Gayle will have to raise his game with the bat for Punjab to post big totals on the board.
The likes of Deepak Hooda, Dawid Malan, and Shahrukh Khan will be given the task of producing quick-fire runs for Punjab in the later stages of the innings.
In the bowling department, left-arm medium-pacer, Arshdeep Singh has put in splendid bowling performances for Punjab this season.
Pacer Mohammad Shami had a poor outing with the ball against Delhi Capitals and will be looking to make a strong comeback against Mumbai Indians. Jalaj Saxena will be the lone spinner for Punjab for this game.
Defending Champions Mumbai Indians are currently lying at fourth position in the league table with 4 points to their name.
In the previous game, Mumbai Indians managed to post a modest score of 137 runs, courtesy crucial contributions from Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan.
Opener Quinton de Kock failed to make an impact with the bat and perished in the second over of the innings.
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav added a 58-run partnership to rebuild the innings for Mumbai Indians.
Suryakumar looked good in his innings for Mumbai and scored 24 runs off 15 balls with the help of four boundaries.
Skipper Rohit Sharma continued his excellent form with the bat and finished the innings with the top score of 44 runs off 30 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes. The 34-year old will be looking to continue his rich vein of form with the bat against Punjab Kings.
Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard fell in quick succession to see Mumbai lose momentum in their innings. Ishan Kishan bailed the side out of trouble and produced a 39-run partnership to revive Mumbai’s innings.
He added a crucial partnership with Jayant Yadav to see Mumbai Indians push their score beyond the 130-run mark. Ishan Kishan scored 26 runs off 28 balls with the help of one four and one six, whereas tail-ender Jayant Yadav chipped in with crucial innings of 23 runs off 22 balls.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the likes of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to get the side off to a flying start.
The middle-order trio of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Kieron Pollard will need to show more responsibility and keep the scoreboard ticking in the middle phase of the innings.
In the bowling department, Trent Boult will need to provide crucial breakthroughs with the new ball. Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional with the ball for Mumbai so far this season.
Playing his first game, Jayant Yadav also delivered a decent performance and finished with figures of 1 for 22 in his three overs.
With clear skies predicted for Friday, the wicket prepared at M.A Chidambaram Stadium will certainly assist the spinners. The batsmen will have to make adjustments to their game in order to score runs on this wicket.
Players in form
Kieron Pollard has struggled to make an impact with the bat so far this season. The 33-year old has been a vital cog in Mumbai Indian’s star-studded batting lineup. He will be looking to get back amongst runs against Punjab Kings.
Given their head-to-head record in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have registered 14 victories in comparison to Punjab’s 12 wins.
In their previous four meetings between the two teams, Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings have managed to win two games apiece.
Based on the current form, Reigning Champions Mumbai have the upper hand going into this game. Rohit Sharma-led unit will be looking to bring their A-game to the table against Punjab Kings.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings will need to raise their overall game in order to compete with Mumbai Indians.
Expect Mumbai Indians to register a comfortable win over Punjab Kings.