MI vs PBKS Match Prediction: Mumbai Indians will host Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on April 22, 2023, in Indian Premier League match 31st.
Mumbai Indians are back in form and looking like five-time IPL champions now as they won three back-to-back matches. They are in the 6th spot, winning 3 and losing 2 matches out of the five matches.
Mumbai Indians won their last match against the SunRisers Hyderabad by 14 runs after posting a good total of 192 runs. The batter of Mumbai Indians looked settled and constantly scoring, which made the team put in huge totals in their last three matches.
Cameron Green, at last, showed his real batting skills in the last match as he scored 64 not on 40 balls, and the great thing about him in the last match was how he played the responsible role of 1st down batsman. He also took one wicket with the bowl.
Punjab Kings once again had a helpless match in which they had no chance to win the match and lost by 24 runs. Mohammed Siraj just stormed through Punjab King’s batters and got four wickets. The return of Liam Livingstone was cut very short to 2 runs, and once again, Punjab’s opening pair not clicked right.
Shikhar Dhawan was still out of the team due to a health issue and might feature in the next match, but if he does not, then Punjab King’s top order need to calm themself and score some runs on the board to give them a good start.
Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings played 29 matches against each other, in which Mumbai won 15 matches, and Punjab won 14, which shows how close their encounter went, and no one was the favorite to win the match.
MI vs PBKS: Pitch Report of Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai of last 12 matches
|Batting first won||3|
|Batting Second won||9|
|Average first innings score||167 runs|
|Pace bowlers took||83 wickets|
|Spin bowlers Took||45 Wickets|
Wankhede stadium pitches are mostly batting-friendly, but recently the trends have changed, and everyone gets something from the pitch, like in the last match. Both teams scored decent runs, and spinners and pacers also got wickets, so it was a wicket with a neutral surface.
In the last match, the pitch was purely batting-friendly, which made it very easy for the Mumbai India batters to chase down 185 runs in just 17.4 overs. Though Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling was bad, they were leaking runs all over the place.
Wankhede pitch is mostly batting-friendly in a few opening matches, but after that, spinners get into the game. The pitch on this ground is a dusty pitch that holds the ball and gives it an uneven bounce, which helps pace bowlers to surprise batters. There are two types of pitches in the stadium. The first is a dusty pitch, and the other is a green pitch which favors batters more.
The Highest team total on this ground in IPL is 235 by Royal Challengers Bangalore against the Mumbai Indians side in IPL 2015, in which AB de Villiers smashed 133 runs in just 59 balls and Virat Kohli 82 runs in 50 balls.
Team Preview of Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians are on the go and now looking like a title contender because their main man Rohit Sharma started to score some runs, which gave him more confidence over the captaincy.
Rohit Sharma is not able to convert his 20s or 30s into a big score which is the only concern, but still scoring 30 average runs constantly is great for the team if the batsman is an opener. Ishan Kishan’s strike rates also went down in the last few years, which is also one of the concerns, but he is known for his explosive batting style.
There was a happy moment happened in the match when Arjun Tendulkar took his first wicket in the IPL on the 2nd last ball of the match. His first wicket was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the exciting fact about it is that only Bhuvneshwar is the bowler who got Sachin Tendulkar out on a duck in the Ranji match. He even got a POTM award from the Mumbai Indians side in the dressing room, given by his father Sachin Tendulkar.
“Arjun has been a part of this team for three years. He understands what he wants to do. He is quite confident as well. He is clear in his plans. He is trying to swing the new ball and bowl yorkers at the death,”said Rohit in the post-match press conference.
There might be some chances that Hrithik Shooken will not play his next match because the type of pitch Wankhede has will favor more of a pace bowler rather than a spinner, and in the spin department, Piyush Chawla is already there to take the role of the sole spinner.
Team Preview of Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings has a great unit, but the top-order batsmen need to score some runs and give the team a good start so the striking players of Punjab Kings do not need to hold themself back. At the moment, they are in the 7th spot on the points table with 6 points.
Punjab Kings need Shikhar Dhawan in the team because he gives reliable opening and also has good captaincy ability, which helped Punjab Kings win their first two matches in a row at the start of the season. It will be exciting to see if the team is going to give Harpreet Brar one more chance in the next match after he took two important wickets in the previous match. He took the wickets of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell.
They are not scoring enough runs in the power play as they are in the 6th spot amongst the teams which has the best scoring rate in the power play. They are scoring at the run rate of 8.50, which is not much if you compare to other teams like Chennai Super Kings, who have a 9.87 run rate per match.
Rahul Chahar is not able to take wickets this season which is causing Punjab Kings lots of trouble though their bowler unit is really amazing. Th pace unit is one of the best, and the all-rounder is top-class, but they are not able to gel well together.
One of the reasons why the Punjab Kings are having trouble is that they have many foreign all-rounder and bowlers but no genuine batsmen, which makes their batting unit weak because almost every team in the IPL have a world-class foreign opener who gives them an explosive opening stand.
The most expensive player of IPL, Sam Curran, is giving a decent performance but not the performance he gave like Punjab Kings team management gave in the IPL Auction for him picking him at the highest price in IPL history.
Sam Curran needs to score some runs or take at least more wickets because being a good economical bowler does not put much pressure on opponents. Punjab Kings needs to give Rishi Dhawan more chances as he has been one of the best all-rounders in the domestic circuit for a long time.
After being smashed by Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis Punjab Kings bowler bowled well in the last phase of the match and restricted the Royal Challengers Bangalore to 174, which could be 200+ runs.
“I thought we bowled really well as a group. The way Faf and Virat played was good. I did not think they got away from us too much. In the end, we just did not bat well enough. They bowled pretty well as well, but we lost wickets,”Sam Curran at the post match Presentation
MI vs PBKS Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Mumbai Indians (MI)
Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Cameron Green, Arjun Tendulkar, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff
Probable Lineup of Punjab Kings (PBKS)
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
Impact Players who can come to the match of MI vs PBKS
Mumbai Indians are most likely to use Riley Meredith as an impact player, replacing any Indians if Mumbai Indians play with 3 foreign players. For the Punjab Kings, Prabhsimran Singh can be seen once again as the impact player replacing Rahul Chahar or Arshdeep Singh.