The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees match number 42 being played between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. MI have struggled since IPL’s resumption in the UAE, losing all three games so far. The batting of MI is in a mess as things seem to go awry for the batters. MI are placed seventh in the IPL 2021 table and have eight points from 10 games. Meanwhile, PBKS won a low-scoring thriller against SRH the other day to pick up their fourth win. They are placed fifth. Both teams are still in contention for a place in the playoffs.
MI were beaten convincingly by RCB on Sunday in what became a one-sided contest. The champions bowled well at the death and had all the factors backing them for a win after the openers added a fifty-plus stand. However, they lost wickets consistently and the collapse was hard to fathom. MI need their middle-order to come good as everyone is suffering from a lack of form. One positive innings can help them change gears.
Punjab Kings had a good performance with the ball against SRH and that will help them against a MI side, lacking confidence. Mohammed Shami was terrific for PBKS, giving away just 14 runs from four overs and claiming two wickets against SRH. Arshdeep and Ravi Bishnoi have been doing well and PBKS have what it takes to unnerve MI. However, their batting, like MI is a let down. Also, PBKS are devoid of finishers.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
MI need to get the confidence back after the run of losses in the UAE since IPL’s resumption. Their last three performances have been below par. MI have champion performers everywhere in the side and can change the momentum of games anytime during a match. They will be eyeing the perfect game against PBKS and Rohit Sharma’s contributions alongside Quinton de Kock will be significant. Meanwhile, Adam Milne will continue to support Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. The pace unit with these three can trouble PBKS.
PBKS will be heavily dependent on KL Rahul for his exploits with the bat. Mayank Agarwal needs to be the able support and Chris Gayle and Aiden Markram in at number three and four promises aplenty on paper. However, the batting is inconsistent and misfires often. Nicholas Pooran needs to contribute and score quick runs. Finishing games is a worry for PBKS and that’s where they could struggle once again. However, PBKS have better bowling dynamic. Shami, in particular, can be a menace with the new ball.
Probable playing XIs: MI vs PBKS
MI probable playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
PBKS probable playing XI:
KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis. Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, S Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda
Bowlers: Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, J Bumrah, M Shami
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Aiden Markram
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, J Bumrah, M Shami
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Rohit and Rahul fit both teams. Both skippers are of the utmost value for their sides. One will need both these top scorers for their sides to come out firing. They are the prime hopes.
Krunal is the all-rounder that can be picked. His left-arm spin and handy batting credentials can be pivotal. PBKS have Hooda as their primary all-rounder.
In the bowling department, Bumrah is the main customer. He is bowling well and holds the card for MI. Shami is PBKS’ ideal bet and is a dangerous entity.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Rohit Sharma: The senior MI batsman can turn the heat on and make his presence felt. Rohit will be aiming to make things count after a decent show against KKR and RCB. If MI are to do well and go ahead, Roht’s contributions will be immense. He has 326 runs this season.
KL Rahul: With 401 runs, Rahul is already in the race alongside Shikhar Dhawan for the prestigious Orange Cap. He is the holder as well and the amount of runs scored since 2018 shows his consistency for Punjab. He can set the tone with a crucial knock for his side.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Bumrah is a sound option. The Indian pacer is bowling consistently to be amongst the wickets. He is MI’s best bet with the ball and can be massive in terms of providing timely wickets. Shami can be the other answer in relation to vice-captaincy. His impetus will be crucial for PBKS.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi is expected to be two-paced. Anything around the 160-mark will be challenging. Spinners will have a role as the match progresses as batsmen need to apply themselves well. The weather is expected to be hot and humid which can test the players immensely.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
In the previous meeting this season, the match was won by PBKS. They sealed a comfortable nine-wicket win.
The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. MI have won 14 to PBKS’ 13.
We feel PBKS to come out on top here. MI are highly short of anything worthy at this moment and PBKS can take advantage to force something noteworthy.