Date : April 22, 2023
Time : 7:30 PM IST
Venue : Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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The match 31 of the Indian Premier League 2023 will be played at the Wankhede Stadium between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. In their last three matches, Mumbai have earned three consecutive victories, meanwhile, Punjab have won only once. But still, these two teams are having a decent IPL season and their upcoming fixture in Mumbai has all the ingredients to be a really close affair.
Pitches at the Wankhede Stadium have been very good for batting in IPL Cricket over the years. The average first innings score at this venue in the league is 167, while, in 2023, it has gone up to 171. Hence, the first innings total in the upcoming match between MI and PBKS can definitely get up to 180 if not more.
The fortunes for Mumbai Indians changed for the better from the moment Rohit Sharma started to score runs consistently at the top of the order. The form of Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, and Tilak Varma has already been a massive plus for MI, and the team management would want them to continue on their merry way. Meanwhile, with the ball, Mumbai have been quite reliant on the Aussie pair of Riley Meredith and Jason Behrendorff, who are both taking wickets at key moments for the team.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Arjun Tendulkar, Jason Behrendorff (Potential Impact Substitute - Riley Meredith for Suryakumar Yadav)
The injury to Shikhar Dhawan, which has made him sit out the last couple of matches, hasn’t been ideal for Punjab Kings. The runs from the bat of Matt Short, Sikandar Raza, and Shahrukh Khan were helpful for PBKS to win their last game but they will need a few more from other batters to defeat MI in their upcoming match. In the bowling department, the stand-in captain Sam Curran and Kagiso Rabada are picking up wickets consistently but Punjab needs their spinners to put up a better show too.
SportsTiger Playing XI of PBKS
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Matt Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh (Potential Impact Substitute - Rahul Chahar for Prabhsimran Singh)
Mumbai Indians are in-form and playing at their home venue so they will definitely have the edge over Punjab Kings. But since PBKS is playing reasonably well themselves, it won’t be easy for MI to get the win against their opponents.
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