Punjab Kings will face off against Mumbai Indians in the 17th match of the Indian Premier League. The two teams have started off their new IPL season in opposite trajectories. While the team from Mumbai floats around the top, it is the opposite for the team from Punjab. However, if PBKS can post a high live match score in this game, they can surely trouble the Mumbai Indians then.
The Punjab Kings – after their defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad – look like a side with handful of concerns. After that performance, their IPL rank 2021 on the points table is eighth, which is right at the bottom. Their star-studded batting order has been collapsing and the bowling doesn’t seem to win matches. Hyderabad cruised with a nine-wicket win over KL Rahul’s men. A line-up with Rahul, Mayank, Gayle, Pooran, Hooda and Shahrukh Khan could manage no more than 120 runs.
Coming against Mumbai, a side with troubles of their own, Punjab could fancy bringing Dawid Malan in for Chris Gayle. The Universe Boss has been struggling to uphold the reputation he carries. The team has already benched Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson to reinforce their batting.
Punjab Kings squad: KL Rahul (c/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen , Saurabh Kumar.
Mumbai shows a contrasting picture with bat and ball. The batsmen have been facing heat for failing to take the total past the 160-mark but the bowlers somehow make it up by defending whatever’s on the board. Their last game versus Delhi saw the defending champions fold at 135. However, the much the bowlers closed in on Delhi’s batting, the total was too low for them to defend. Rohit looked in great touch and Suryakumar has been doing well, but except for these two, the rest need to come forward and repeat what they’ve done over the years.
Bowling-wise, Mumbai look like a pretty settled side. Bringing in Jayant Yadav for Adam Milne on a spinning track worked well for them as the left-arm spinner batted for while and also bowled economically.
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Arjun Tendulkar
Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians have faced each other 26 times in the IPL. Punjab have won 12 matches while Mumbai have won on 14 occasions.
Both teams are desperate for wins. Their lineups promise a lot but haven’t been firing. Given the conditions at Chepauk and also the team combination, Punjab looks in more trouble than Mumbai, hence this should be the match where Rohit and co jump on to winning wagon.
Date and Time:
April 23, 2021 (Friday), 7:30 PM IST
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai