After making a winning start to the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, Punjab Kings now find themselves at the bottom of the table after a series of defeats. Now they will be set to face the mighty Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai tomorrow.
Last year when these two teams squared up, both teams showcased some exciting cricket in the first match with the match ending in a super over going in favor of the Punjab Kings. The next meet saw the Mumbai franchise play with a vengeance as they claimed victory by 48 runs
Will Punjab Kings have the firepower to stop Mumbai and turn things around? Or Mumbai continues their march towards the top of the table.
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: MA Chidambaram, Chennai
Head to Head
Matches Played: 26 PBKS: 12, MI: 14
Ideal conditions for cricket as partly sunny skies are expected throughout the day but no chances of a downpour. With temperatures expected to be hovering around 29 - 32 degrees celsius and humidity at its peak is likely to touch the 63% mark.
As we have seen in recent matches, the Chennai strip has turned out to be a tough pitch for the batsmen. Though scores of 200 had been registered, it took some superhuman effort from the batsmen’s side. Spinners again will look to cause chaos, as slow ball variations among pacers also reap success.
The last match saw the inclusion of Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, and Murugan Ashwin in place of Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, and Jalaj Saxena, although neither change made a difference and could contribute much to the team. The only other change left is of world numero uno T20 batsman Dawid Malan to be given a chance on the field.
Mumbai will not make much changes with an already set team and players that cover all positions. Although the struggling middle order is a cause of concern for the management, with them the team still managing to eke out wins not many will question the failings.
Probable Playing XI
Punjab Kings (PBKS): KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabien Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Mumbai Indians (MI): Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jaspirt Bumrah, Trent Boult
Suryakumar Yadav has started the season brightly making valuable contributions to the team. KL Uncapped player Shahrukh Khan has also been one of the bright performers for the Punjab team coming lower down the order. Rahul Chahar and KL Rahul have to be your other must picks.
PBKS vs MI Fantasy team
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