PBKS vs MI, IPL Match Highlights: Punjab Kings beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets to snap three-match losing streak
- PBKS vs MI Match Highlights, IPL 2021 17th Match: KL Rahul scored a fifty, and added a half-century stand each, first with Mayank Agarwal and later with Chris Gayle as Punjab Kings beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in Chennai.
PKBS vs MI, IPL 2021, Highlights: Punjab Kings beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets in Chennai to end their three-match losing streak. KL Rahul scored a half-century off 50 balls and with Mayank Agarwal got Punjab Kings off the blocks in chase of 132. Rahul Chahar broke the threatening stand by removing Mayan but from there, Rahul added another fifty-plus stand with Chris Gayle as both batsmen continued to motor PBKS' chase. Mumbai Indians finished their innings on 131/6. Captain Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant half-century and along with Suryakumar Yadav, forged a 79-run partnership before the stand was broken by Ravi Bishnoi. MI's lower order failed to get going as they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. MI recorded their second lowers Powerplay score in IPL, scoring just 21 runs after the first six overs. Punjab Kings captain Rahul won the toss and opted to field, announcing one change in the Playing XI with Ravi Bishnoi replacing M Ashwin. MI, on the other hand, are unchanged from their Playing XI from the previous game against Delhi Capitals.
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APR 23, 2021 11:12 PM IST
Rohit rues lack of runs
"Not enough runs. I still feel it is not a bad wicket to bat on. You saw how Punjab Kings batted and won the game with 9 wickets in hand. It is just the application which is missing in our batting. If you get 150-160 on this wicket then you are always in the game, that is something we failed to do in the last two games. You can look at it either way, I thought their bowlers bowled well in the powerplay, Ishan was trying to hit but couldn't get it and even I was not able to hit. We have batted well in the powerplay previously but today we failed to do so. Something is missing in our batting line-up, we are not able to bat 20 overs in the fashion we want and something that we have to look at and see what we can do. It was just a tactical thing, we wanted someone who would bat well against the spinners in the middle and SKY was the one to do that. But when you play on such a challenging pitch then you have to be ready for all the possibilities. When you try, if it works it looks good and if it doesn't work then it looks bad, but we always back the decision we make. We are not putting enough effort on the field and when the conditions are tough you need to understand how you need to bat and how you need to bowl," losing captain Rohit Sharma said after the match.
APR 23, 2021 10:59 PM IST
SIX, FOUR: Punjab Kings win
A six and a four from KL Rahul finishes things off. Punjab Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets to break their three-match losing streak.
APR 23, 2021 10:57 PM IST
SIX: Gayle tucks into Boult
17 needed off 18 balls before the start of the over but the big fell has brought it down by six runs as he plays a crunching pull shot for a maximum. He wants to finish this one off early.
APR 23, 2021 10:54 PM IST
Fifty for KL Rahul
A top edge that lands between two converging fielders. Not the kind of stroke KL Rahul would have wanted to get to his fifty but it doesn't really matter. His slowest fifty - off 50 balls - for Punjab Kings but it seems to have done the job for his team here tonight.
APR 23, 2021 10:47 PM IST
100 up for Punjab Kings
It's been a good over so far from Krunal Pandya to KL Rahul. A close stumping chance off the first ball followed by two dot balls. Rahul takes a single off the next ball which brings up the 100 for PBKS. Gayle sweeps the next ball for a four, courtesy a poor piece of fielding from Bumrah. The fifty partnership is up between Gayle and Rahul.
APR 23, 2021 10:40 PM IST
PBKS vs MI: Huge from Gayle
Ah, there's the big one we'd been wanting to see from Gayle. Jayant Yadav pitches the ball right in the slot and Chris Gayle brings out the big heave over long on. Sends the ball into the second tier. Jonty Rhodes enjoyed it from the dugout.
APR 23, 2021 10:37 PM IST
Pollard to Rahul: SIX
Brilliant timing. On the leg stump and Rahul's eyes light up as he flicks the ball over fine leg for a six. Krunal Pandya just a little inside. Had he been on the edge of the boundary, it certainly could have been a chance. 11 off the over. Punjab Kings reach 93/1 in 14 overs, need 39 off 36 balls.
APR 23, 2021 10:35 PM IST
Pollard to Gayle
Time for some Caribbean rivalry here as two of West Indies' biggest T20 superstars are set to face off. Kieron Pollard to Chris Gayle. This promises to be a good contest.
APR 23, 2021 10:31 PM IST
IPL 2021, Live: Consecutive boundaries for Gayle
He has had a look in and the Universe Boss is now looking to get a move on as he cracks Jayant Yadav for back-to-back fours. He may no longer be quick to get the big hits going but Gayle certainly is a lot wiser. He takes his time and when set, launches a scathing attack. PBKS must be hoping this is the start of exactly that. They reach 82/1 after 13 overs.
APR 23, 2021 10:27 PM IST
First boundary in five overs
Gayle released the pressure with a clever four. Chahar drifts the ball down leg and Gayle spots the vacant gap to help the ball through the empty fine leg boundary. Seven off the over take Punjab Kings to 70/1 after 12 overs.
APR 23, 2021 10:25 PM IST
Chahar troubling Gayle
Two balls in a row now, Rahul Chahar has foxed Chris Gayle, in terms of making the batsman play a false shot. Had him misread the length the first ball and almost had Gayle playing on the next ball.
APR 23, 2021 10:22 PM IST
The brakes are on
The pressure is mounting on PBKS. Jayant Yadav has bowled another 1-run over giving away only 2 runs in his 2 overs. What do Rahul and Gayle do now?
APR 23, 2021 10:18 PM IST
Chahar bowls another tight over
How many times have we seen things changing rapidly in a chase in Chennai in this IPL? If you ask Rahul Chahar, he would certainly wouldn't mind another repeat of the KKR match. Another good over for MI, only five singles off it. PBKS 62/1.
APR 23, 2021 10:12 PM IST
Jayant Yadav starts well
That's a fantastic first over from Jayant Yadav, four consecutive dot balls to Chris Gayle and only 1 run from it. Is it the sign of things to come for MI? The umpires signal for the first strategic timeout with PBKS at 57 for 1, needing 75 runs off 66 balls.
APR 23, 2021 10:07 PM IST
First wicket for MI
OUT! Mayank Agarwal is holed out in the deep and it's that man Rahul Chahar again with the breakthrough. Agarwal was looking to hit over long on but the ball gripped and caught the inside half of his bat and Suryakumar Yadav at long on made no mistake.
APR 23, 2021 10:00 PM IST
Fifty up for Punjab Kings
And Krunal Pandya continues to miss his length, line. Short ball and outside leg stump. Mayank Agarwal on the other hand is alert as ever, smashes the ball wide of short fine leg for a four. With that, the 50 comes up for Punjab Kings in the seventh over.
APR 23, 2021 09:56 PM IST
Bumrah to Mayank: Dabbed for FOUR
Bumrah not getting his line and length right. Mayank on the mark, uses the pace of his India teammate to cleverly guide the ball between short third man and gully for another four, his third of the innings. Six overs gone, PBKS 45/0
APR 23, 2021 09:54 PM IST
IPL 2021, Live: In comes Rahul Chahar
And the leg-spinner begins well, giving away just three in his first over. Generates sharp turn and nearly takes a tough return catch. Should he have been brought on earlier? PBKS 40/0 after 5 overs.
APR 23, 2021 09:47 PM IST
The runs continue to come. Boult loses control of that one and bowls a high full toss. Still, no half-measures from Mayank, who slashes the ball over the short third man for another four. Free-hit coming up but not much damage done. Single to sweeper cover.
APR 23, 2021 09:46 PM IST
Bumrah to Mayank: FOUR
Misfield from Ishan Kishan at point as Mayank cuts Boult for a four. The ball reached Kishan and almost hit his face after once bounce. Went through him for a four and Rohit Sharma is not pleased.
APR 23, 2021 09:41 PM IST
Bumrah to Rahul: SIX
Short of length and Rahul simply swivels across to send the ball for a maximum. That's his 200th six in the IPL. Punjab Kings not wasting any time here.
APR 23, 2021 09:38 PM IST
SIX from the bat for Mayank
Third boundary of the over as this time it's Mayank, who clears his front leg and heaves the ball over sweeper cover. That makes it 15 off the over. PBKS 16/0 after 2 overs.
APR 23, 2021 09:36 PM IST
Rahul brings up his and PBKS' first boundary
Krunal Pandya begins with two really poor deliveries and KL Rahul obliges. Too short and Rahul begins with a cut short for four. Next ball is a lot straighter but similar in length. The Punjab captain rocks onto the backfoot and brings out a pull shot. One bounce four.
APR 23, 2021 09:33 PM IST
Brilliant start from Boult
Just one run off the first over bowled by Trent Boult. Just what Mumbai Indians needed from one of their top bowlers. PBKS 1/0 after 1 over.
APR 23, 2021 09:31 PM IST
PBKs vs MI: And we're underway
Trent Boult with the opening over and he begins with a half-volley to KL Rahul. The Punjab King brings out the drive but can't get the placement right. The ball is fielded well at covers by Ishan Kishan, who puts in the dive.
APR 23, 2021 09:24 PM IST
Second innings: Coming up
So, Mumbai Indians post 131/6 and they are perhaps the online team that can defend it, says former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan. Bumrah bowling to Rahul will make for an interesting contest and if MI are to have a chance, they need to see the back of PBKS captain as early as possible.
APR 23, 2021 09:20 PM IST
Ravi Bishnoi reflects on his fine spell of bowling
"The wicket is sticky and it is difficult to hit the spinners if you bowl well. We bowled well and kept them down to a good total. Just short of a good length is a good length here. I was hit in the third over for boundaries because I bowled wide outside off and I learnt from it quickly and bowled wicket to wicket," the leg-spinner said.
APR 23, 2021 09:14 PM IST
End of the innings
A disciplined bowling performance from Punjab Kings has restricted Mumbai Indians to 131/6 in 20 overs. Mumbai Indians looked for that final push but it never came, especially once Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma departed in quick succession. 132 doesn't appear a target Punjab Kings would have difficulty chasing but stranger things have happened.
APR 23, 2021 09:11 PM IST
Still no big shot
Full toss from Shami but Pollard fails to connect it cleanly. Just two runs down to long on. Still not a boundary hit. The last four came in the 17th over and the last six in the 19th.
APR 23, 2021 09:09 PM IST
Last over coming up
And Mumbai Indians are nowhere near the 150-mark region. In fact, they're a good 25 runs away. Can Pollard and Krunal lift them in the final over? Not going to be easy. Shami starts tidy, with just two singles off the first two balls.
APR 23, 2021 09:05 PM IST
OUT! MI losing wickets in a cluster as Arshdeep has Pandya out caught at long off. MI 122/5.
APR 23, 2021 09:02 PM IST
BOOM! Six from Pollard
Goes deep in his crease and give it his all. Back of a length delivery from Arshdeep and the West Indies batsman has drilled it over long on for his first six. More such hits needed.
APR 23, 2021 09:01 PM IST
Final two overs left
The total is 114/4 and with two to go and Pandya and Pollard at the crease. MI would fancy getting 150 on the board.
APR 23, 2021 08:58 PM IST
WICKET! Shami gets Rohit
OUT! The MI skipper holes out in the deep to go for 63. Rohit connected a low full toss from Shami well but the timings wasn't a 100 percent. The ball came from the sweet spot of the bat but the flick from Rohit could not clear Fabian Allen at deep square leg. MI 112/4 in 17.2 overs.
APR 23, 2021 08:50 PM IST
WICKET! Bishnoi gets Suryakumar
OUT! Bishnoi with his second wicket as he gets rid of Suryakumar Yadav. He goes for 33 and Mumbai Indians are 105/2 in 16.1 overs.
APR 23, 2021 08:44 PM IST
Shami to Yadav: FOUR
A stinging shot from Suryakumar Yadav to bring up the 100 for Mumbai Indians. On the pads from Shami and the batsman did not hold back. Walks across the stumps and whips the ball with authority over midwicket boundary beating the diving fielder. MI 105/2, four overs to go.
APR 23, 2021 08:41 PM IST
FOUR: Rohit punishes Allen again
Ah, delightful! Rohit Sharma has been out there from ball 1 and is now making the most of it. Rocks on to the backfoot and crashes Fabian Allen over cover. One bounce and into the boundary hoardings. Allen giving Rohit the chances he needs. MI inching towards their 100, reach 97/2 with five overs left.
APR 23, 2021 08:34 PM IST
Bishnoi to Suryakumar: FOUR
More runs. This time, it's Suryakumar Yadav, who goes down on his knees and helps the ball over backward square leg. The leg-spinner tried to fox him with a wrong on, but the batsman was on his toes, playing a smart and cheeky stroke. MI 88/2 after 14 overs and the second strategic time out has been taken.
APR 23, 2021 08:32 PM IST
FIFTY for Rohit
The MI captain cuts Bishnoi for his fourth four of the innings and that brings up a fine half-century for Rohit Sharma, off 40 balls. He struggled to get going in the first six overs but has made a gallant effort to make something of his time at the crease. Brilliant innings.
APR 23, 2021 08:30 PM IST
FIFTY partnership up
Just what the Mumbai Indians needed after those two early blows. Two of their experienced campaigners, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav have steadied the innings for MI. The fifty-run partnership comes up between the two off 36 balls. Timely alliance this. One of them needs to stay till the end.
APR 23, 2021 08:29 PM IST
SIX for Suryakumar Yadav
Brilliant stroke! An off-cutter from Arshdeep Singh but Suryakumar Yadav goes inside out and stuns the left-arm quick with brilliantly-timed SIX. Sensational stuff. And it went quite some distance. Surya is getting used to the pace on this slowish wicket. Bodes well for the Mumbai Indians.
APR 23, 2021 08:23 PM IST
Hooda to Rohit: SIX
That's intent from the Mumbai Indians captain. Gets another poor ball and he takes full toll. Short of length ball and to be honest, Rohit has thrown the kitchen sink at that one. The sound of the bat hitting the ball made it clear that the ball was going to sail over and that's exactly what happened. Right then, Rohit moves to 45 off 36. Time to go even bigger. MI 66/2 after 12 overs.
APR 23, 2021 08:18 PM IST
Arshdeep to Suryakumar: FOUR
Slightly wide from the left-arm quick and Suryakumar Yadav cleverly glides the ball between gully and point. Yes, that's the kind of form SKY is in. Master technician. Follows it with a couple of runs. MI innings finally gaining some momentum, and much needed. 11 overs gone, the score has moved to 56/2.
APR 23, 2021 08:14 PM IST
Allen to Rohit: Crunched for SIX
Wow! What an opening that is. A terrible ball. High full toss and Rohit Sharma has hammered it to long on. A new ball has been called for since that one is not coming back anytime soon. Just the kind of ball Rohit and MI were looking for. Absolute shocker of a delivery as MI move to 49/2 after 10 overs.
APR 23, 2021 08:13 PM IST
Fabian Allen continues
The left-arm spinner returns for his second over and begins the over with Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma taking three singles off the first three balls. Not a bad idea for MI. If the boundaries aren't easy to hit, better turn to singles.
APR 23, 2021 08:10 PM IST
Another fine over
Just two runs off Bishnoi's second over as the strategic time-out is taken. And it couldn't have come at a better time for MI, who are 39/2 after nine overs. Rohit is on 28 off 28 and on this surface, his wicket will be key. MI need to ensure their captain bats as deep as possible from here on,
APR 23, 2021 08:06 PM IST
Fabian Allen to Rohit: Consecutive fours
Ah, is that the over where MI break the shackles? Skipper Rohit Sharma takes Fabian Allen for back-to-back boundaries towards backward point off the left-arm spinner's first two balls. Finally, a good over for MI as 11 runs come off it. Eight overs gone and the score is 37/2.
APR 23, 2021 08:02 PM IST
OUT! Kishan's struggle ends
GONE! Bishnoi strikes to end Ishan Kishan's struggle. He goes for 6 off 17. It was a googly and Kishan failed to read it, edging the ball to KL Rahu. He never looked to get going and that wicket brings Suryakumar Yadav out to the middle. MI are 26/2 after 7 overs.
APR 23, 2021 07:58 PM IST
PBKS vs MI: In comes Ravi Bishnoi
Punjab Kings continues to attack as they bring Ravi Bishnoi in the bowling attack. A single off the second ball from Rohit brings Ishan on strike. He loves to go after the bowling, especially spinners. Will he break the shackles against the leg-spinner here? Tries as much, but only manages a single down to long-off.
APR 23, 2021 07:55 PM IST
Mohammed Shami into the attack
And Ishan Kishan's struggles continue to grow. He's now 4 off 14. Batting certainly hasn't been easy for him out there. The ball is finding nowhere close to the middle of his bat. Furthermore, he is not even able to rotate the strike. Although finally, he takes a single down the ground. Just four runs off the over. End of the Powerplay, MI 26/1 in 6 overs.
APR 23, 2021 07:51 PM IST
Henriques to Rohit: FOUR
It's taken five overs but Mumbai Indians finally have a boundary. A low full toss on the leg stump from Henriques and Rohit does the rest. Goes down on one knee and sweeps it towards fine leg for his and his team's first four. MI 17/1 after 5.
APR 23, 2021 07:50 PM IST
IPL 2021, MI vs PBKS: Ishan Kishan struggling
He's faced 12 balls and scored three runs. This has not been the kind of start Mumbai Indians would have expected from Kishan having sent him at No. 3. The average first-innings total on this surface is 157 and at this stage, MI look miles away from getting there. Also, still no four and we're into the fifth over.
APR 23, 2021 07:46 PM IST
And now, there's sharp turn
Deepak Hooda is getting some decent amount of turn on this surface. A bit of a puzzling move here from Mumbai Indians to send Ishan Kishan at No. 3 and not Suryakumar Yadav. The Mumbai batsman has been the best batter of the lot and the commentators continue to debate over this decision. MI 12/1 after 4 overs. Time to get a move on.
APR 23, 2021 07:43 PM IST
The ball is already stopping
Ishan Kishan the new man and he's had a couple of balls that have come slower to him than expected. He likes pace, he likes speed, which is something not guaranteed at the Chepauk. Three overs gone and MI are 10/1, yet to hit a boundary.
APR 23, 2021 07:39 PM IST
OUT! Hooda gets de Kock
First blow for Mumbai Indians, who lose Quinton de Kock for 3. Deepak Hooda with the wicket. PBKS were targeting an early wicket and they have got it. de Kock looked to give the charge but didn't middle it and the ball went straight to mid-on. MI 7/1 after 2 overs.
APR 23, 2021 07:38 PM IST
PBKS vs MI: As expected, spin right away
Deepak Hooda is the man to bowl to Rohit, who begins well with two dot balls before Rohit tucks the ball away for a single. In the air, but no harm done to Rohit or Mumbai. All his balls have been sliders without much turn but with a bit of speed.
APR 23, 2021 07:35 PM IST
Close! Rohit survives
Punjab Kings began celebrating when Rohit Sharma was given out caught down leg side but their joy was short lived since it was turned down after a successful review from the Mumbai Indians captain. The ball brushed the thigh pad and went to KL Rahul. MI 4/0 after the first over.
APR 23, 2021 07:32 PM IST
MI off the mark
Moises Henriques opens the bowling for Punjab Kings and he begins with a gentle fuller ball which de Kock tucks away for a single. MI and de Kock are away. Bit of shape from Henriques, but Rohit Sharma takes a single as well. Two runs off two balls.
APR 23, 2021 07:30 PM IST
The Punjab Kings are out in the middle. Nothing like a pep talk and a huddle to warm up, when you're up against Rohit and de Kock, who march out in the middle. With Rohit on strike, expect a spinner right away. Rahul instructing his men to take their positions. Oh, this is going to be a cracking contest. Remember, there have been six last-ball finishes between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings in the past.
APR 23, 2021 07:28 PM IST
Pooran not too worried about lack of runs
"I am enjoying myself regardless of performances, the team performance. We have a good team, we have a lot of good team-mates, the camp is very cool, everyone is supportive so far. Cricket is just like life, it's funny, one minute you are up, next minute you're down. These are the times you cherish. It happens, it's not going to be the first time to happen. It's gonna happen over and over again. I'll remember the mistakes I make and try to learn from it as fast as possible. It doesn't really matter what the pitch is. As a group we need to continue doing the right things. Once you do the right things, you'll get over the line. We aren't thinking about the results, we are focussed on ourselves," Nicholas Pooran, who has registered three ducks from four matches, said.
APR 23, 2021 07:24 PM IST
All smiles before the match begins
Bros off the field, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul would like to go one up on the other.
APR 23, 2021 07:20 PM IST
10 minutes to the first ball
We're inching close to the start of play. Big task ahead for MI openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma as the Chepauk has shown how batting is not easy on the surface. The best time to bat at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is the first six overs, which is why de Kock and Rohit getting runs becomes all the more crucial for the defending champions.
APR 23, 2021 07:16 PM IST
Nothing like a pep talk from Chris Gayle himself
Will there be a Gayle storm tonight in Chennai? Punjab Kings would sure hope so.
APR 23, 2021 07:14 PM IST
Will Rohit overcome spin troubles
Rohit Sharma has a knack of getting out to spinners early in the innings. Rest assured, Punjab Kings will bring out their spin resources right away. But a video package showed Rohit practicing hard in the nets, clearly an indication that he is working on his batting against spin in the Powerplay.
APR 23, 2021 07:12 PM IST
Mumbai Indians XI unchanged
1 Rohit Sharma (Captain), 2 Quinton de Kock (Wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Jayant Yadav, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Trent Boult
APR 23, 2021 07:10 PM IST
A look at Punjab Kings' Playing XI
1, KL Rahul (Wk/C), 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Moises Henriques, 7 Shahrukh Khan, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Arshdeep Singh
APR 23, 2021 07:08 PM IST
Rohit Sharma says he wouldn't have minded batting first
"We were going to bat first anyway. While batting first in our games we have understood how to bat as a group. We have made mistakes but we hope we can put everything to rest tonight. When we came here we saw some dew so hopefully there shouldn't be any dew. It was just a small niggle on my calf and it looks good now. We are unchanged," said the MI captain.
APR 23, 2021 07:06 PM IST
Captain's Corner: KL Rahul says his team has lacked 'smartness'
"We're going to bowl first. I think we lacked cricket smartness in the last game. When we lost early wickets the middle order should have realized that it wasn't a 170 wicket. We need to learn from that. The pitch does look sticky and damp and it could get better to bat on later," said Rahul after winning toss.
APR 23, 2021 07:04 PM IST
Mumbai Indians are unchanged, while Punjab Kings have made just one change to their Playing XI from the last game as Ravi Bishnoi replaced Murugan Ashwin. Leg-spinner for a leg-spinner.
APR 23, 2021 07:00 PM IST
TOSS: Punjab Kings win it
And KL Rahul says he will be bowling first.
APR 23, 2021 06:55 PM IST
Hardik Pandya misses bowling
"I do miss my bowling but I don't think it's putting pressure on my batting. I have played throughout my life as an all-rounder and I am just learning how to deal with it and move on in life with a smile. [On the pitch] You need challenges as well, and whenever you come I believe it is a fresh day and you can do wonders," the Mumbai Indians all-rounder said prior to the start of the match.
APR 23, 2021 06:50 PM IST
Punjab Kings Predicted XI
The biggest question for Punjab Kings fans, one would assume is whether Dawid Malan will get a game tonight? Malan is the No.1-ranked T20I batsman in the world and somehow he has managed to stay benched so far. If Punjab Kings persist with Gayle, surely, Malan needs to get a look-in ahead of the misfiring Pooran before it's too late. Here's a look at the XI players we feel PBKS might field.
APR 23, 2021 06:45 PM IST
Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
Mumbai Indians gave Jayant Yadav a chance in the last match and the all-rounder did well to score 23 runs and pick up 1/25, the wicket of Prithvi Shaw. It will be interesting to see if MI persist with him or make some changes? As per our belief, we think the defending champions will make some alterations, which includes handing a debut match to New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham. Click here to check out our Probable XI for Mumbai Indians.
APR 23, 2021 06:40 PM IST
Someone already has his eyes set
Prediction time: How many wickets do you think Jasprit Bumrah will pick up tonight? He has been exceptional in the death for MI, and getting in the groove at the right time.
APR 23, 2021 06:35 PM IST
Will Quinton de Kock come to the party?
Quinton de Kock needs 4 fours to complete 100 fours for MI. He also needs three maximums to complete 50 sixes for the franchise. Besides, the South Africa wicketkeeper is seven dismissals away from completing 50 dismissals for MI, the first to reach this landmark.
APR 23, 2021 06:30 PM IST
Mumbai Indians' big guns yet to fire
Think about Mumbai Indians' line-up. Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya. However, somehow, not one of them has yet left an impact so far in the four games. MI's bowlers on the other hand have lived up to their reputation with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah bowling fabulously in the end. But the batting needs to step up. Rest assured, they will get among the runs, but the big question is, will the return to groove begin tonight?
APR 23, 2021 06:25 PM IST
More trivia that depict MI's middle-order plight
Over 53 percent of Mumbai Indins' runs have come from their opening 2 wicket partnership this season at a staggering run rate of 8.59. While the rest of the batting lineup has only managed to score at just above 6.5 runs an over. This has led to an adverse effect on their batting performance at the backend of the innings. The Mumbai Indians have lost the most number of wickets from overs 16-20 this season while they have scored at just 7.7 runs an over in that phase of the innings, the fewest for any side.
APR 23, 2021 06:20 PM IST
Mumbai's middle order in the limelight
Mumbai Indians haven’t had the best of seasons with the bat so far and are the only side to have not scored in excess of 160 this season. Their middle and lower order has not batted well enough. Over 60 percent of their runs so far this season have been scored by their top 3 batsmen. Seven of their eight 30-plus scores by batsmen have been from the top-3 of the batting line-up.
APR 23, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Will Punjab stick with Henriques, Allen?
Punjab Kings added Fabian Allen and Moises in the Playing XI against Sunrisers Hyderabad but neither could leave much impact in the game. Henriques, playing his first match of the season, scored 14 and returned figures of 0/7, while Allen picked up 1/22 and scored 16 runs. With Chris Jordan waiting in the wings, Punjab are likely to bring him in ahead of one of the two overseas all-rounders.
APR 23, 2021 06:10 PM IST
How MI, PBKS stand heading into the match
Punjab have been rocked by three consecutive defeats, whereas Mumbai need a win to keep up with RCB, DC and CSK. The reigning champions haven't been at their best but should have the firepower to get one past over KL Rahul's men. Can the struggling Kings can flip the script on Rohit Sharma's Paltan?
APR 23, 2021 06:05 PM IST
Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians: Head-to-Head
Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians have faced each other 26 times in the IPL and the defending champions enjoy a slight edge over their opponents, leading the scoreline 14-12. In the last six games, MI have had an unprecedented record with four wins.
APR 23, 2021 06:00 PM IST
Krunal Pandya's form also a worry for Mumbai Indians
In the 4 matches played so far, Krunal Pandya has picked up 3 wickets and has an economy rate of 6.54. In the last two games, he has an economy of more than 8 runs per overs while defending low totals. Krunal’s strike-rate and average of 42.11 and 51.67 respectively is worst and second-worst among all bowlers. His economy rate is also on a higher end of 8.37. He needs one more wicket away to complete 50 IPL wickets and today would be a good time to return to form.
APR 23, 2021 05:55 PM IST
Some interesting nuggets related to today's match
- KL Rahul is 1 six away from completing 200 sixes across T20s.
- Chris Gayle is 152 runs away from completing 5000 runs in IPL.
- Jasprit Bumrah will be playing his 100th T20 match for Mumbai Indians if he takes the field.
- Kieron Pollard is 1 four away from completing 200 fours in IPL.
- He is also one catch away from completing 100 of them in the IPL.
APR 23, 2021 05:50 PM IST
Mumbai Indians wary of KL Rahul threat
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is coming up against his favored opponent in this game against whom he has a brilliant record. He has scored 580 runs against the Mumbai Indians in just 12 innings at an average of 64.44 - His average of 64.44 against MI is the best for any player who has batted in a minimum of 10 innings against the five-time champions. In fact, his average increases to a whopping 94.8 since 2016 against MI.
APR 23, 2021 05:45 PM IST
IPL, PBKS vs MI: A historically nail-biting match-up
Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians have featured in some absolute nail-biters in the IPL, with six last-ball finishes over the years. Rohit Sharma's scintillating knock of 70 helped Mumbai beat Punjab last season in the first meeting last year in Abu Dhabi. However, the next encounter in Dubai saw Punjab pull off a historical win in the first-ever double Super-Over game.
APR 23, 2021 05:40 PM IST
Mumbai Indians missing Kung-Fu Pandya
Hardik Pandya's lack of runs has left Mumbai Indians' middle order in a complete mess. The hard-hitting all-rounder just hasn't got going this season and his series of poor scores has now become a major concern for the team management. Pandya's shoulder injury hasn't allowed him to bowl this season and he hasn't even proved his weight in the side as a pure batsman, scoring 35 runs from four innings. He has played 33 balls in IPL 2021, failing to score even a single boundary.
APR 23, 2021 05:35 PM IST
SRK: Punjab's shining star
Shahrukh Khan was the sole bright spot for Punjab Kings in the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The hard-hitting batsman tried to infuse life into the stuttering Punjab innings but regular wickets at the other end left him with no hope. He was one of the young Indian stars to look out for this season and he has only enhanced his reputation in the four games so far scoring 90 runs at an average of 45.
APR 23, 2021 05:30 PM IST
Gautam Gambhir wants Chris Gayle opening for Punjab Kings
It is no secret that 95 percent of Chris Gayle's success in the IPL has come playing as an opener. But with KL Rahul opening with Mayank Agarwal, the Universe Boss is being batted at No. 3. However, former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir feels that Gayle is best suited opening the innings and Punjab Kings should make that change as facing more balls early will set him up freely to go big after the Powerplay. Do you agree with GG?
APR 23, 2021 05:25 PM IST
What's eating Chris Gayle?
The 'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle began the IPL 2021 with an entertaining 40 against Rajasthan Royals but has since, fallen bland, with scores of 10, 11 and 15 in the previous three games. Statistics have it that Gayle scoring runs is directly proportional to Punjab Kings winning. PBKS would expect him to produce a Gayle Storm tonight in Chennai.
APR 23, 2021 05:20 PM IST
Milestone game for Punjab Kings
13 seasons ago, Punjab Kings, started off as Kings XI Punjab way back in 2008. Today, they play their 200th IPL match. Fascinating. But with three straight losses, PBKS have a big task at hand. Can they muster up a kind of performance fitting to the occasion of 200th game and light up Match 17 of the IPL 2021 tonight? Time will tell.
APR 23, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Is Rahul's strike-rate hurting Punjab Kings?
When it comes to the IPL, no batsman has shown more consistency in the last three seasons than KL Rahul. With 659, 593 and 670 runs in the last three seasons respectively, Rahul has been the new Mr. IPL, but this year, there's something odd about the PBKS skipper. He has notched up two half-centuries, but surprisingly, they haven't come at the strike-rate he is known for, especially the knock of 61 against Delhi Capitals, which came off 50 balls.
APR 23, 2021 05:10 PM IST
Focus on KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya
KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are known to share a close bond on and off the field and while two two are close when playing for the same time, in the IPL, both are fierce competitors. With Hardik not bowling, there will be no face-off between the two for sure, but each would be looking to go one up over the other as far as batting is concerned.
APR 23, 2021 05:05 PM IST
How Punjab Kings have fared in IPL 2021 so far
Punjab Kings finished sixth in IPL 2020, and this year, their start hasn't been different to the one they endured last year. After starting this year's campaign with a four-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals, KL Rahul's PBKS have lost three matches in a row, losing to Chennai Super Kings by six wickets, Delhi Capitals by the same margin and Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets. They are not able to post strong totals on the board and the opposition is chasing them down repeatedly. PBKS need to address their issues before it's too late and the process starts tonight against a formidable Mumbai Indians outfit.
APR 23, 2021 05:01 PM IST
IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians' journey so far
Winners of the IPL a record five times, the defending champions Mumbai Indians will not be too disappointed with the start they have had to the 2021 edition. After once again failing to win the opening contest, the Men in Blue returned to register back-to-back wins - against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad - but a defeat in the last match against Delhi Capitals, who beat them by six wickets exposed a few chinks in their armour.
APR 23, 2021 04:57 PM IST
IPL 2021, PBKS vs MI, Live Updates
Hello and welcome to Match 17 of the IPL 2021, which pits defending Champions Mumbai Indians against KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings. The two teams will do battle at the sluggish surface of Chepauk, and with batting letting them down in the last two games, it will be interesting to see how their batsmen gear up to perform on a surface which best assists batting in the first six overs. MI, with two wins are fourth on the points-table and PBKS are second from bottom with just one win so far. It's KL Rahul vs Rohit Sharma. Stay tuned, we're just getting started.