Mumbai Indians will take on the Punjab Kings in Match 23 of IPL 2022 at the MCA Stadium in Pune and it is expected to be a mouth-watering contest. Mumbai Indians have not yet opened their account in the tournament with four losses in four games and their bowling has suffered a lot already. The inclusion of Ramandeep Singh and Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t effective in the results column as well and Rohit will have to come up with different plans for the upcoming fixture.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings have won two and lost two games so far and they have had a mixed tournament with batting and bowling departments clicking in alternate games. The Mayank Agarwal-led side suffered a defeat in the hands of the Gujarat Titans in their previous fixture owing to a stunning finish from Rahul Tewatia. However, Liam Livingstone has been a big positive in the last two games for the franchise and he is likely to do a lot more damage.
Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, Match 23, IPL 2022
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Date & Time: 13th April, 7:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The last game at the MCA stadium in Pune saw a target of 152 being chased down comfortably by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the team batting first will definitely need a lot more. The captain that wins the toss will have no hesitations in bowling first at the ground.
Probable Playing XIs for MI vs PBKS
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Fabien Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Probable Top Performers
Probable best batter of the Match: Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone has been a revelation in the last two games for Punjab Kings and he has done exceedingly well with the bat. The right-hander struck a 27-ball 64 that included seven fours and four sixes and helped his side to post a big total on the board. He also has been contributing with the ball which has given a good balance to the side as the sixth bowling option and he is likely to continue his destructive form with the bat.
Probable best bowler of the Match: Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada, on the other hand, is yet to unlock his best with the ball but has been giving breakthroughs at the right times. The speedster impressed in a high scoring game with 2 for 35 in his 4-over spell and he remains the trump card in the fast bowling department for the Punjab Kings. His extra pace is likely to be effective against the Mumbai Indians batting in the upcoming fixture.
Today’s match prediction: PBKS to win the match.