The five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians, who also won both the last two IPL trophies, will meet Punjab Kings (PBKS) at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai) during the 17th match of the IPL 2021 this Friday (23rd April) night.
Mumbai Indians have won twice and lost twice in their first four matches of this IPL 2021. While Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) beat them by two wickets in the first match of this tournament, Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 runs and 13 runs respectively. But in their last match, the defending champions lost against Delhi Capitals (DC) by 6 wickets.
IPL 2021, Match 17: Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians (PBKS vs MI) – MI Predicted Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C)
Though Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma didn’t field in their last game, he later confirmed that it was just a slight niggle. While their batting is struggling in Chennai, Rohit is their most run-scorer in this IPL 2021 with 138 runs in four innings. His scores in this IPL season are 19, 43, 32 and 44 runs respectively.
Quinton de Kock (wk)
South African cricketer Quinton de Kock has played three games in this IPL 2021 where he scored 2, 40 and 2 runs respectively. The left-handed batsman recently struggled to perform consistently with the bat but Mumbai Indians are looking for a positive start from him.
Australian cricketer Chris Lynn played the opening match of this IPL 2021 where he struggled in the tough batting pitch at Chennai but scored 49 runs. But then he missed out on the playing XIs in the next three matches due to South African cricketer Quinton de Kock. While the defending champions played with three overseas cricketers in their last game, Lynn can replace struggling Ishan Kishan for at least some upcoming matches.
Suryakumar Yadav is the second most run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in this early IPL 2021 as he has scored 121 runs in this tournament. His scores in this tournament are 31, 56, 10 and 24 runs respectively. He is in good form at present and Mumbai Indians’ batting is dependent on his batting.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya is currently not bowling due to his fitness issue. In his first four matches of this IPL 2021, Hardik has scored only 35 runs. While he was recently in good form with the bat, the team management is hopeful on him.
While Krunal Pandya recently performed well as a batsman, he has scored only 26 runs in four innings of this IPL 2021. However, as a left-arm spinner, Krunal has played a very important role for his team. Apart from picking up 3 wickets in four matches, he is very disciplined with the ball in hand.
Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard scored a crucial 35 not out off 22 balls during the third match of Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2021. However, in the other three matches of this tournament, Pollard failed to reach the double-digit scores as he scored only 7, 5 and 2 runs respectively.
Jayant Yadav played the last game where he played some good all-rounder roles when the entire team struggled. After scoring 23 runs in that game, Jayant had bowling figures of 4-0-25-1. While Mumbai Indians will play the upcoming match at Chennai once again, Jayant can play another important role for the defending champions.
The young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar was one of the biggest reasons why Mumbai Indians won their two matches of this IPL 2021. While he has taken 8 wickets in four matches of this tournament, his bowling figures during the defending champions’ winning matches of this season were 4-0-27-4 (against KKR) and 4-0-19-3 (against SRH).
The right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah has got 4 wickets after their first four matches of the IPL 2021. Moreover, his tournament economy rate is 6.25, which shows his strong control with the ball. He is an important member of this bowling line-up.
New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult is another important bowler of this Mumbai Indians as he has collected 6 wickets in four matches of the IPL 2021. Boult is very consistent in his duty as the team always expects strong bowling performance from him.