Two matches are to be played today in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, the second match is to be played between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. The match is to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Both Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians have played their 10-10 matches and both have four wins each in their account so far. It will be very important for Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings to register a win in this match to reach the playoffs. Defending champion Mumbai Indians have not been able to register a single win in the second phase so far. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match, so the morale of the team must have been boosted a bit.
The biggest problem for Mumbai Indians is that Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya are not in good form. Their batting order is also one of the strongest sides of Mumbai Indians, but in the second phase of IPL 2021, all the batsmen except captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock seem to be struggling. Surya and Ishan have only scored 16 and 34 respectively in the last three matches. At the same time, Pollard and Krunal Pandya are also unable to add runs while batting with explosive style in the end.
Jasprit Bumrah has been in form in bowling, Trent Boult has not been able to impress much so far, while that thing is not visible in Rahul Chahar’s spin as well. Looking at Punjab Kings, both its openers Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are running in form. In the first match of the second phase, captain Rahul and Mayank played brilliant innings of 49 and 67 respectively, while Aidan Markram scored 26 and Nicholas Pooran scored 32 runs. In the second match, Rahul scored 21 and Markram 27. The Punjab bowlers also seem to be in form. Arshdeep Singh had the best performance of his IPL career by taking five wickets in the first match against Rajasthan Royals. The biggest problem of Punjab Kings is that they are not able to manage the pressure properly in close matches and lose matches.
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh.