Defending champions MI are on a downward spiral following a hat-trick of defeats in the second phase of the IPL 2021. Punjab Kings, on the contrary, are now fifth in the IPL 2021 standings. On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians (MI) will face KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 42nd match of the IPL 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
MI Vs. PBKS-The Match Preview
MI’s most recent match was against RCB, which they lost by 54 runs. Against RCB’s 165 runs, Mumbai Indians could only muster 110 runs with the loss of all ten wickets, and thus they lost their third game in a row.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings won their previous game against SRH in Sharjah by 5 runs. While batting first, Punjab Kings amassed 125 runs, which SRH could not knock down and ultimately lost the game by a difference of 5 runs.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 28, 2021
MI has won four of their ten matches and is presently ranked seventh in the points standings. On the other hand, PBKS has won four of their ten games thus far and is now sixth in the rankings. In the history of the IPL, these two teams have played 27 matches against each other, with MI winning 14 of those and Punjab Kings winning 13. PBKS also defeated the reigning champion, MI, by 9 wickets in their last match this season.
Probable XI Players Of Both Teams
- Rohit Sharma.
- Quinton de Kock.
- Suryakumar Yadav.
- Ishan Kishan.
- Kieron Pollard.
- Krunal Pandya.
- Hardik Pandya.
- Adam Milne.
- Rahul Chahar.
- Jasprit Bumrah.
- Trent Boult.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) September 28, 2021
- KL Rahul.
- Mayank Agarwal.
- Chris Gayle.
- Nicholas Pooran.
- Deepak Hooda.
- Aiden Markram.
- Nathan Ellis.
- Ravi Bishnoi.
- Mohammed Shami.
- Harpreet Brar.
- Arshdeep Singh.
Key Players To Look Forward To
Quinton de Kock: Quinton de Kock is a left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman of MI. So far this season, he has scored 251 runs. But he only scored three runs in the last match and will prefer to make up for that now.
Rohit Sharma: The Mumbai Indians are led by skipper Rohit Sharma, who is also the first batsman to open the game. So far this season, he has scored 326 runs. In the previous match against Punjab Kings, he scored 63 runs off 52 balls.
Jasprit Bumrah: Jasprit Bumrah is a medium-fast bowler of MI. So far this season, he has taken 12 wickets. Bumrah is one such fast bowler who has the necessary speed to reverse the ball to maximum effect.
KL Rahul: KL Rahul is one of the best right-handed batsmen of PBKS who also serves as the team’s captain. So far this season, he has blasted 401 runs. In their last match, he scored an undefeated 60 runs.
Mayank Agarwal: Mayank Agarwal is a right-handed batsman for the Punjab Kings who bats first. So far, he has hammered 332 runs. But, during their most recent match, he scored only 25 runs.
Mohammad Shami: Mohammad Shami is a right-arm medium-fast bowler of PBKS alongside being a batsman. So far this season, he has taken 13 wickets. In the most recent match, he took two wickets against Mumbai.
What We Think
As the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is a batting-friendly pitch, the batsmen will have an advantage of scoring huge runs. Since the batting strength of MI is higher than PBKS, they may win the match. But, given their poor performance in the last few games, the stars may also swing in favor of the PBKS.