Punjab Kings’ challenge to breakout of poor form
Mumbai Indians to win
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||4||4||0||0||0||8||1.009|
|Chennai Super Kings||4||3||1||0||0||6||1.142|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||4||1||3||0||0||2||-0.7|
It is the 17th game of the Indian Premier League 2021 and Punjab Kings would be taking on the champions Mumbai Indians. With the points table taking shape it would be an important game. Both the sides would be eager for a win here as they lost their respective games coming into this one. Punjab Kings went down against the Sunrisers Hyderabad while it was a loss against the run of play for Mumbai against the Delhi Capitals.
Punjab Kings find themselves in knee deep trouble having lost the last three games. They are currently at the bottom of the points table and shall have to win this game to keep their hopes alive for the rest of the season. The side seems to be short on confidence at the moment which is affecting its performance. Both the teams have an explosive batting line-up and this game promises to be an interesting contest.
KL Rahul’s side finds itself in a tough spot at the moment. After starting the season on a high they have lost the last three games. It was a meltdown for their batting in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad where they went down by 9 wickets. Rahul would need to instill fighting spirit in his side as they take on the reigning champions in this game.
Openers Rahul and Mayank Agarwal haven’t been consistent as a pair and they would need to deliver the goods here with a good start. In the middle order Chris Gayle would have to play with more responsibility and guide Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda. Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques have good hitting abilities and need to put it to good use in this game.
With the ball the side is yet to see a bowler stand up to the challenge and they would expect a positive start from Mohammad Shami and Fabian Allen in this game. Arshdeep Singh has impressed but the side would demand more consistency from him in this game. Murugan Ashwin and Henriques will have to bowl tight lines with Mumbai having a very strong batting line-up.
Top Batsman – KL Rahul
Top Bowler – Mohammad Shami
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Moises Henriques, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Arshdeep Singh, Fabian Allen, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Shahrukh Khan, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Ravi Bishnoi, Mayank Agarwal, Deepak Hooda
It was a bad day the office for Rohit Sharma’s side as they went down against the Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets in the last game. It was a rare occasion when the star-studded batting line-up failed. Rohit would like to put the last game’s performance behind and rise up on the points table with a win in this game.
Rohit Sharma did well in the last game and shall look to provide a good start alongside Quinton de Kock in this this game. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are getting starts and needs to convert here as the team has high expectations from them here. In Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard the batting line-up looks very strong and they shall look to exploit the poor attack that Punjab have.
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah have impressed and the side would be expecting a good start from them here. Jayant Yadav impressed in the last game and the side would be expecting a similar show from him. Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar would need to bowl well in tandem and trouble the opponents. Pollard adds to the bowling choices for the skipper and shall look to use his experience well.
Top Batsman – Rohit Sharma
Top Bowler – Jasprit Bumrah
Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav, Jayant Yadav
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||28||0 mm.||4.75 k/h||From: SSW||40%|
|03h||29||0 mm.||5.36 k/h||From: SSW||35%|
|06h||31||0 mm.||6.14 k/h||From: SSE||37%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||7.98 k/h||From: SE||19%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||7.41 k/h||From: SE||14%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||4.7 k/h||From: SE||20%|
|18h||29||0 mm.||3.66 k/h||From: S||27%|
|21h||28||0 mm.||4.47 k/h||From: S||52%|
The skies would be clear over Chennai on April 23 and we expect it to be a hot and humid evening with the temperatures rising. The track would be slow where batsmen will need to get accustomed to the pace of the surface before hitting the ball. The side batting first in this game would be happy with a score in excess of 180 runs.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai is a good T20 surface where the bowlers also have their time in the sun unlike other venues in India. Batsmen have to play patiently on this surface to do well in the game. The tracks slow in comparison to other surfaces in India and this creates opportunities both for the batsmen as well as the bowlers.
The track has slowed down in the last few games played here. The ball isn’t coming on to the bat that easily making it difficult to score. Bowlers would enjoy bowling here in the first half of the game. Hence, the side winning the toss here would most likely opt to bowl first in the game.
The clock is ticking for the Punjab Kings and the side comes here in deep trouble with three consecutive losses. Their batsmen haven’t lived up to the expectations and bowlers too are struggling for form which complicates the situation for the side. Mumbai Indians on the other hand have seen good performances so far and having a stronger bowling attack would make them favorites in this game.
Mumbai Indians to win