Match Preview – PBKS vs MI
In Match 17 of VIVO IPL 2021, Punjab Kings will take on Mumbai Indians as both teams look to get back on winning ways. Punjab Kings will step into today’s IPL match after a disappointing loss in the previous clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was an awful outing with the bat for Punjab with most of their batters failing to cross the single-digit score in their previous match.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians (MI) fell prey to a defeat in the erstwhile encounter against Delhi Capitals. Interestingly, the ‘Men in Blue' also faced a severe batting debacle as they managed to post a paltry of 137 runs on the board. The middle-order which has been a real cause of concern for Mumbai was brought to the fore in the last IPL match against Delhi Capitals. However, going in today's IPL match, both the teams would aim to claim two crucial points and regain strength in the IPL points table.
Before we make PBKS vs MI Today IPL Match Prediction, here’s a look at what does today’s IPL fixture has to offer:
PBKS vs MI – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
Skipper KL Rahul has been a top performer for the team till now. He has been massively assisted by Mayank Agarwal. Both the players have gone off the charts in scoring runs for the team. However, the middle-order has looked off-colored in consecutive matches. With Nicholas Pooran failing to fire, Dawid Malan may be seen on the field doing his duties rightfully.
KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Dawid Malan, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and Arshdeep Singh.
Coming into the match after a rare batting collapse, Mumbai Indians will hope to quickly put aside the demons of their last outing. Hence, Rohit Sharma will embrace the current playing XI as they look confident to dent Kings’ hopes. The skipper Rohit Sharma along with Quinton De Kock have stitched a fine attacking partnership. Eventually, both the batsmen and bowlers will look forward to being back on the winning track.
Quinton De Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile/ Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah
PBKS vs MI Head-to-Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
PBKS won: 12
MI won: 14
Looking at the head-to-head record in IPL, Mumbai Indians is a couple of wins ahead of their opponents. The five-time title-holder has grappled against Punjab Kings 26 times in IPL history. The latter has won 12 times as compared to the Men-in-blue who have scripted victory in 14 matches. Eventually, it will be seen whether the mighty Kings inch closer or the strong Indians widens the difference in the result tally.
Players to Watch out for in PBKS vs MI IPL match:
PBKS has plenty of players on their cards who can steal the spotlight. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal will be keen to continue their run-hunt for the team. Also, batsmen like Chris Gayle and Fabien Allen may showcase some fireworks with the willow. The Bowling unit spearheaded by Mohammad Shami and Murugan Ashwin will surely look to make a profound impact on the result of the match.
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav along with Ishan Kishan will embrace the opportunity and score huge runs for the team. The middle-order in the form of quick-hitters Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya will ensure to do the maximum damage with the bat. In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah and his compatriot Trent Boult are expected to get some early breakthroughs, thereafter setting the tone-up straight.
PBKS vs MI Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
The Chepauk cricket stadium has been a low-scoring battleground allowing spinners to show their craft. Having said this, a strong bowling unit coupled with a deep batting line-up is the need of the hour. Mumbai Indians will step in as favorites because of their experience to bounce back hard after a shocking defeat. Moreover, Mumbai Indians have a more settled playing XI with all bases covered and is expected to win PBKS vs MI Today's IPL match on April 23.