Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings face each other in match number 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. MI are winless this season, having suffered four successive defeats. Meanwhile, PBKS have won and lost two games each from four matches. MI need a win from somewhere to break the duck. PBKS will want to collect two more points and move up the table.
Analysis of MI
MI are in search of inspiration from somewhere. They need to up the ante across all three departments. The work done so far isn’t matching the standards we know they are capable of. Bowling-wise, MI are suffering at the moment. Besides Jasprit Bumrah and Murugan Ashwin, nobody has shown the consistency needed. MI have backed Basil Thampi, and the pacer needs to show why he needs to play. Tymal Mills is expected to return after missing the previous game.
Batting-wise, Suryakumar Yadav is the biggest plus for MI. He has already hammered two successive fifties. His influence once he sets himself in can be massive. He can accelerate at the death. Tilak Varma has done reasonably well. Ishan Kishan has shown character as well. But the rest of the side has the tendency to fall short. It’s a big game for the likes of Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma.
Analysis of PBKS
PBKS suffered a blow in their previous game versus GT, who saw Rahul Tewatia smash two successive sixes off the final two balls and help his side win. Punjab will need to close down games after being on the up. Jonny Bairstow will hope to add quality runs in that brilliant top-order PBKS boast of. Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan are due of scoring important runs for their side. Liam Livingstone has been on a roll in the last couple of games and can turn things around in a flash.
With the ball, PBKS look good with offerings from Rahul Chahar and Kagiso Rabada. They are the two bowlers who can stop this MI side at crucial junctures. Chahar, in particular, has been in sublime form. He will add immense quality in those middle overs.
The two teams have met 28 times in the IPL, with MI leading 15-13. In IPL 2021, both teams enjoyed a win each from the two meetings.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen/Ramandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills/Jaydev Unadkat, Basil Thampi
PBKS probable XI: Mayank Agarwal (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow (wicket-keeper), Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma/Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith/Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Varun Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Which team is the predicted winner?
With what we have seen in terms of performance, there’s no doubt MI need to step up against a quality PBKS side. If MI continue what they have done so far, PBKS will have the advantage and pull off a win. Looking at everything and the personnel on offer, PBKS look like a side getting past the line. They have a better batting unit and can cash in on MI’s bowling, which has been below-par.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The pitch in Pune will offer assistance to both batters and bowlers. Anything around the 175-run mark can be competitive for teams batting first. Batters need to set themselves in and then take it from thereon. This season has seen two games being won by the team, which batted first before the chasing sides sealed the next two. The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
The major batting stats on offer
Rohit Sharma has racked up 740 runs in the IPL versus PBKS. The veteran player has scored 5,691 runs overall in the competition. Suryakumar Yadav has 2,461 runs and is 39 short of the 2,500-run mark in the IPL. Shikhar Dhawan has 801 runs versus MI, hitting 90 fours and 19 sixes. Liam Livingstone has a strike rate of 190.59.
The major bowling stats on offer
In 14 matches versus PBKS, Bumrah has clinched 19 wickets. Overall, the pacer has claimed 133 wickets in the IPL. Kagiso Rabada has taken 10 scalps versus MI to date. Rabada has 80 scalps and can surpass Imran Tahir’s mark of 82.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Shikhar Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Tilak Varma
All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, Kieron Pollard
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kagiso Rabada.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Jonny Bairstow, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Tilak Varma
All-rounders: Liam Livingstone
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Kagiso Rabada
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
Liam Livingstone: With a strike rate of over 190 this season, Livingstone has been a joy to watch. He has already hammered two fifties. The all-rounder can be a menace for the MI bowlers.
Suryakumar Yadav: A sheer versatile player, SKY has been in top gear across the last two games. He looks like the most sorted MI batter. SKY promises run and can be elegant in his stay at the crease.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Ishan Kishan: The talented MI opener has shown his skills as a hard-hitting batter. He has scored decent runs in the four games so far. He can give MI a good start with his explosive shot-making.
Rahul Chahar: The talented spinner has been bowling well, and this will help Punjab. He is a consistent wicket-taker, and the urge would be there to perform well against his former side. Chahar can unsettle MI batters.