PBKS vs MI: Why is Riley Meredith Not Playing Today’s Match IPL? Check MI Playing XI

Updated on: May 3, 2023 9:05 pm IST

Why is Riley Meredith not playing PBKS vs MI IPL 2023 match?

The crucial news development coming from the Mumbai Indians (MI) camp is that their overseas pacer Riley Meredith is not playing their 9th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) against the Punjab Kings (PBKS) being played at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. The Mumbai Indians will definitely be feeling very much high on confidence after having registered an incredible 6-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their last match of the T20 tournament. It will be important for MI to now extend this winning momentum further in IPL 2023 as well.

PBKS vs MI: Why is Riley Meredith Not Playing Today’s Match IPL? 

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, the Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma mentioned that Riley Meredith is not part of the MI playing XI for this PBKS vs MI match on Wednesday. Rohit further revealed that the Australian fast bowler is actually injured and was not available for selection. This is a big setback for the Mumbai Indians as he had bowled really well towards the death in a few games this season. Meredith has picked up as many as 7 wickets from 5 matches in IPL 2023 for the Mumbai Indians so far at an economy of over 10. In his absence, Mumbai Indians team management have brought in debutant Akash Madhwal in the side.

“I asked Shikhar Dhawan what to do. He said bowl first, so we will bowl first. It’s a good pitch, we have chased down targets pretty well, so will stick to our strength. You always want to have a score in front of you on such pitches. It’s important to keep the balance, we have played enough IPL games, things can change quickly. You can see how tight the table is. It’s important to focus on what we can do as a team. It’s all about coming fresh into the game and try to execute your plans. We have one change, Merdith is injured. Akash Madwal is in,” said Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma during the toss.

MI Playing 11

1. Ishan Kishan (wk)
2. Rohit Sharma (C)
3. Cameron Green
4. Nehal Wadhera
5. Tilak Varma
6. Tim David
7. Piyush Chawla
8. Arshad Khan
9. Kumar Kartikeya
10. Akash Madhwal

11. Jofra Archer

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Riley Meredith IPL 2023 Price

Riley Meredith, a right-arm fast bowler from Australia, was picked by the Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2023 auction for a sum of INR 1.5 Crore. He is quite a talented bowler in the shorter format of the game and is a proven performer in the Big Bash League.

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