Match prediction: MI to win
Toss prediction: PBKS to win the toss and bowl first
Both teams come into this game with contrasting fortunes. Mumbai Indians have finally found their starting 11 and mustered 3 wins in a row. Punjab Kings have been impressive this season, but can they hold Mumbai Indians to their 4th consecutive win?
- Saturday, April 22nd, 19:30 IST
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
- 1 MI vs PBKS match preview
- 2 MI vs PBKS Dream11 prediction
- 3 Match prediction: Punjab Kings to win
MI vs PBKS match preview
After losing the first 2 games, Mumbai Indians have been in top form, winning the next 3 games post that. Now having registered a win batting first, they seem to have finally found their combinations right. They are not as perfect as they would want, but they are on the right path. They will still want their batsmen to be contributing a lot more to the team's winning cause, but as long as they are winning and the bowlers stepping up a big time, will make them extremely happy. They will want to continue their winning streak and make it 4 on the bounce.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 20, 2023
Probable IX: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Cameron Green, Arjun Tendulkar, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff
With the wave of injuries hitting the Punjab Kings, they also look like a completely different side without captain Shikhar Dhawan. With his possible return for the next game, they will also hope for change of fortunes. Their bowling has been mighty impressive with the likes of Arshdeep, Rabada, and Sam Curran leading the pace attack, they will want the batsmen to contribute more consistently as well. The addition of Liam Livingstone is a huge boost for the side and will hope he can bring back the magic he brought in the last season.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 21, 2023
Probable IX: Shikhar Dhawan, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran(c), Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Pitch and expected weather conditions
The Wankhede Stadium is one of the best batting wickets in Asia. The true bounce, fast outfield and small boundaries make it a batting paradise. The pitch will be expected to remain even over the course of the 40 overs, and with the game to be played in the afternoon, dew will also not play a big role.
It will be hot and humid. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be in the 35°C – 26°C range.
MI vs PBKS Dream11 prediction
- Wicket-keeper(s): Ishan Kishan
- Batter(s): Shikhar Dhawan, Tilak Verma, Prabsimran Singh, Suryakumar Yadav
- All-rounder(s): Liam Livingstone, Cameron Green, Sam Curran
- Bowler(s): Arshdeep Singh, Jason Behrendorff, Kagiso Rabada
- Recommended captain: Shikhar Dhawan
- Recommended vice-captain: Cameron Green
The Wankhede is famous for favoring batters and the only players that weigh their weight in gold, are the all-rounders. With quality all-rounders in this contest, it will be a game of fine margins.
The batsmen will surely have a field day. The short boundaries and the flat batting wicket will make run-scoring pretty easy and they will be expected to score big runs. Shikhar Dhawan who has been in excellent form will be coming back from injury and will have a point to prove and hence will be our pick for the captain of your dream 11 teams.
We would recommend having Cameron Green as your Vice Captain, as we feel he is in magnificent form and will continue it in this game too. This game has a bit for everyone and it will be interesting to see, who puts their hands up.
Match prediction: Punjab Kings to win
Punjab Kings have done well at the Wankhede Stadium. With Shikhar Dhawan back in the team and now Liam Livingston also back, they will back themselves to go for the win. Their bowling too seems extremely well-balanced for the wicket Wankhede offers.
Toss prediction: Punjab Kings to win the toss and bowl first.
We feel that PBKS will win the toss and opt to bowl first. Wankhede has predominantly been a good ground to chase down totals. Despite the weather conditions, teams look to chase first as batting on this wicket gets easier as the game progresses.
Man of the match prediction: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has been in sublime form in this IPL. He will be coming off an injury and will look to make up for the time he has lost. The Wankhede has been a happy hunting ground for the Punjab captain and will look forward to continuing this love story.
Mumbai Indians are placed at 1.80 and the Punjab Kings are at 2.10. Mumbai Indians come in as favourites as they play at home and also because of their great form.