MI vs PBKS Prediction: Sunrisers Hyderabad took on Rajasthan Royals in IPL action on Monday night. Sanju Samson set the tone early, scoring 82 off 57 balls to help the Royals reach 164/5. Sunrisers easily chased down the mark with nine balls to spare. Half-centuries were scored by Jason Roy and Kane Williamson.
The second game of the doubleheader today will see Mumbai lock horns with Punjab Kings. This game has a feel of a knockout. Whichever team loses will have an uphill task of qualifying for the playoffs. The two teams sit on 8 points after 10 games.
Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings
Match 42, Indian Premier League
28 September 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
MI vs PBKS Head to Head: There is not much between the two sides as MI have won 14 and PBKS have won 13 times.
PBKS – 40%
MI – 60%
MI have had three losses in a row while PBKS won a low-scoring thriller in the last game. The middle order of both teams is underperforming. PBKS are very top-heavy and if Bumrah and Co. can make early inroads they should win easily. We expect MI to bounce back in this game and win. The betting sites also seem to favour them.
Bet365: MI: 1.66; PBKS: 2.20
We all know about Rohit Sharma’s qualities. He will need to be on top of his game in a must-win encounter for the Mumbai Indians. He has 326 runs in 9 innings at an average of 36.
We are backing Rahul Chahar to come good in this game. He has 12 wickets in 10 games at an economy of 7.4.
KL Rahul has unbelievable consistency in the IPL. He can go on top of the Orange Cap list today. He has 401 runs in 9 innings at an average of 57.2.
MI Playing XI
Quinton De Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
PBKS Playing XI
KL Rahul (C/WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, and Arshdeep Singh
The wicket at Abu Dhabi is very competitive with something for everyone. The quicker bowlers can get good bounce initially while spinners will also have some assistance. The predicted score on this pitch is 160-170.
If PBKS bats first: 150-160
If MI bats first: 160-170
Cloudless skies resulting in bright sunny weather will lead to high of 37 degrees Celsius during the afternoon hours. At the start of the match and for the rest of the match period, the temperature is going to be around 33 degrees Celsius. With some clouding expected towards the weekend, the humidity levels are going to increase towards the weekend making the playing conditions tougher. Today with light winds and humidity around 50% during the match, the players will have the same discomfort as if the temperatures were in the early forties
WICKET-KEEPERS: L Rahul, I Kishan
BATSMEN: R Sharma, C Gayle, S Yadav, A Markram
ALL-ROUNDERS: D Hooda
BOWLERS: A Milne, M Shami, J Bumrah, R Chahar
Captain choices: R Sharma, KL Rahul
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