Mumbai Indians (MI) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Friday in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with an aim to improve the batting department to gain consistency in their performance, with the team struggling to return to victory is. Mumbai team led by Rohit Sharma lost the previous match against Delhi Capitals due to the poor performance of the batsmen. She would like to forget that defeat and return.
Rohit looked in good rhythm against Delhi but Suryakumar Yadav and Ishaan Kishan, who played a key role in the successful campaign of 2020, are unable to contribute match winners which has hurt Mumbai. Apart from this, Kairan Pollard and Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal have also failed to perform as expected. This year the IPL is still in the early stages but Mumbai Indians would like their players to get form against Punjab.
Punjab started with a win but their team has been struggling since then. On Wednesday, she was able to score 120 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The KL Rahul-led team has so far failed to establish the Adad combination. Punjab’s batting is strong but barring Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, no other batsman can walk. His bowlers are also unable to perform as expected. ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle’s bat is blunt, while his West Indies partner Nicholas Pooran is also unable to walk.
Punjab’s morale must have dropped after three consecutive defeats. Now the team will have to overcome it immediately, otherwise the expectations of playoffs will be clouded. Rahul has scored two half-centuries in four matches so far but he is not getting help from the other end. His captaincy has not been able to inspire the players. His inexperience in team selection is overshadowed by the team. Deepak Hooda has shown his all-round ability but he needs to bring consistency in his performance. Australia’s Zoey Richardson and Reale Meredith have also disappointed the team. Punjab can now place Ravi Bishnoi in the playing eleven in place of Murugan Ashwin.
The teams are as follows…
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishaan Kishan, James Neesham, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Karen Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jenson , Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kuplter Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yashveer Singh.
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Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabasimran Singh, Nicholas Puran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshadip Singh, Ishaan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan , David Malan, Zoy Richardson, Shah Rukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
Matches: The evening will start at 7.30 pm.