Punjab Kings must try this change to Bounce back against Mumbai Indians – PBKS vs MI Match Preview

In this article we will preview the Match 17 in this IPL between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians at Chepauk. Both Teams will be playing their last game in Chennai in this cluster caravan model . After that Mumbai Indians will shift their camp to Delhi and Punjab Kings will travel to Ahmedabad for their upcoming matches.

Head to Head:

Totally 26 Matches played between these two teams from that Mumbai leading the victories by winning 14 matches and the other 12 Matches won by Punjab in IPL .

Match Preview:

Punjab Kings struggled to find their rhythm in this IPL with just a close victory against Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede in a high scoring game.They bought two big bash stars (Richarson & Meredith) both were struggling in Indian pitches. When it comes to batting, Rahul’s Strike rate was a  worrying sign for the team, except Mayank and Shahrukh no one performed up to  their skill in previous matches. Nicholas Pooran batting collapse haunting the middle order of the Team,

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians had an equal victory and losses in four matches played in Chepauk. Their bowling attack was phenomenal  , especially they defended two low scores against SRH & KKR . But, their batting was not up to their level, except Rohit Sharma no one is in fine form and the team victory completely depends on three players (Bumrah, Rohit , Chahar). Kieron Pollard had one good game , yet the defending champions struggled in Chepauk slow wickets. Surely, Mumbai would like to finish this game on their side to hold a position in the TOP 4 in points Table.

Players to Watch out:

Mohammed Shami, is the kind of bowler who has the ability to win the game for his team with his bowling, but till now in this edition we were not able to see his full potential , Punjab kings bowling performance is the reason for their continuous losses .Shami should take charge and must lead the bowling attack with his experience in this match  against the strong team like Mumbai Indians which will be a elevate the team performance in upcoming matches.

Quinton De Kock, is the kind of player who used to smash the powerplay overs with boundaries and sixes, but in recent matches he is struggling in this slow pitch and his strike rate is also not upto his standard.Usually, his quickfire runs at the top will help Mumbai Indians to set the huge total, this was missed in previous matches . Hope he came back to his old form and reduced the pressure for his captain at the top.

Expected PlayingXI changes:

Punjab kings must include the player like Chris Jordan in their playing XI combination instead of Gayle or Pooran at the top, to strengthen their bowling attack. Since the conditions in chepauk and results mostly depend on the bowler’s strength. Chris Jordan is the kind of player who can control the innings with his slower variations which was commanding in chepauk conditions. Team must rest a player like Gayle and save him for Batting oriented pitches like  Kolkkata , Bangalore. So , the batsman at the top should take responsibility for scoring runs, Punjab must trust their top order batting to score runs since they have Henriques who also played at the top order for Australia and added they have some good batting depth and even Chris Jordan is also a good striker of the ball . To attack the mighty Mumbai Indians they must have six bowling options on their lineup else victory will be an imaginary thing for the Team.

Mumbai Indians were having the right combination with 3 overseas options, they will prefer to have the same playing XI to continue their winning combination  in chennai.

Mumbai Indians Playing XI:

  • Quinton De kock
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Surya Kumar Yadav
  • Ishan Kishan
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Krunal Pandya
  • Kieron Pollard
  • Jayanth Yadav
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Jasprit Bumrah
  • Trent Boult

Punjab Kings Playing XI:

  • KL Rahul
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Moises Henriques
  • Deepak Hooda
  • Shahrukh Khan
  • Fabien Allen
  • Chris Jordan
  • M Ashwin
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Arshdeep Singh

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