Date: September 28, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Preview: Despite playing three games in the UAE leg, Mumbai are still longing for their first win of the ongoing leg in the gulf nation. They now face Punjab on Tuesday night in Abu Dhabi in a quest of breaking their losing streak. The KL Rahul-led side, on the other hand, are coming on the back of a nail-biting 5-run win over Hyderabad.
Notably, Mumbai have 8 points from 10 games, they couldn't afford to lose a game from this point if they wish to make a safe entry to playoffs. Meanwhile, Punjab have equal number of points and matches played as that of Mumbai, but have a better net run rate.
Analysis: Punjab openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul can surely make it to one's fantasy team with ease. While Rahul has been decent in both the games for his side, Mayank too kicked off the UAE leg with a swashbuckling 67.
With the scores of 33 and 43, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma has also looked in good touch. When it comes to the bowling department the world-class duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult are the must picks. From the Punjab side, experienced pacer Mohammed Shami and youngster Arshdeep Singh are the top picks.
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Punjab: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
Dafabet Prediction of the Game:
Head to head: In terms of the head-to-head stats, Mumbai have won 14 while Punjab have won 13 out of the 27 games played between the sides. When there is such a fine gap in the number of victories between the two sides, the recent forms of teams play a huge role in predicting the outcome of the game.
Performance in ongoing UAE leg: Punjab lost their first game by a bare margin of 2 runs and clinched victory in the following game. Meanwhile, Mumbai have lost three on the trot and the margin of defeat is also big in the games, stating that they were comprehensively outplayed by their opponents in those matches.
Considering above factors, Punjab have more chances of winning the game on Tuesday.
People's Pick for Fantasy:
Wicketkeepers: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
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