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MI vs PBKS Match Preview- IPL 2021 Match 42. Mumbai Indians will take on Punjab Kings in the 42nd match of IPL 2021 on Tuesday. The last time when both these two sides met, Mumbai Indians were restricted to a below-par 131-run total in the first innings. Rohit Sharma played a lone hand of 63 runs off 52 deliveries.

Shami and Bishnoi picked two wickets each for Punjab. The Kings chased down the score in just 17.4 overs, winning the game by 9 wickets. KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 60-run knock off 52 balls, while Chris Gayle remained unbeaten at 43 off 35 balls. Here’s a look at how both the teams’ have performed since.

MI vs PBKS Match Preview- IPL 2021 Match 42

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Contrary to everyone’s expectations, Mumbai Indians are currently languishing at the seventh position on the points table with just 4 wins in 10 matches. They have made the worst possible starts to their second leg campaign, losing all three games they have played in UAE. They are coming off a 54-run defeat at the hand of RCB.

The bowlers have been doing the job well. There shouldn’t be any concern with the pace attack. Rahul Chahar hasn’t been at his best but isn’t out of form either. On a rare occasion, they went for plenty of runs in the powerplay in the last game against RCB. However, MI pulled it back in the death overs to restrict them to 165 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets to his name. However, their concern lies in the batting department.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. (Photo: Twitter)

Rohit Sharma would be disappointing to not have played till the end after scoring a half-century. Quinton de Kock, once again, failed to convert his start into a big score. The biggest worry is their middle overs. The likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya have failed to hit the straps. Low scores of the batsmen consistently have led to their downfall.

On Sunday, Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock provided an ideal start to the chase, having reached the fifty-run mark inside the first six overs without losing a wicket.

However, fortunes made a turnaround after Rohit and Quinton de Kock went back to the pavilion. Rohit Sharma’s wicket in the ninth over, saw a collapse and MI found themselves bundle out for just 111 runs in the second innings. Surya Kumar Yadav (8 off 9), Krunal Pandya (5 off 11), Kieron Pollard (7 off 10) and Ishan Kishan (9 of 12), once again, failed to step up.

Punjab Kings:

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal. (Photo: BCCI)

Punjab Kings, on the other hand, are coming off a morale-boosting 5-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last game. On a rare occasion, both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal went back to the hut on low scores but Punjab managed to cross the finishing line in the end. Punjab had a forgettable day with the bat as none of the players stepped up in the first innings. Aiden Makram scored 27 off 32 balls, while KL Rahul scored run-a-ball 21. Punjab finished their innings at 125 in the first innings.

Mohammad Shami sent both Warner and Williamson back to the hut in his first two overs to bring his team back into the game. Ravi Bishnoi ran through the middle order as SRH’s middle-order continued to disappoint its fans. Arshdeep Singh and Harpreet Brar too were pretty economical as Punjab Kings restricted SRH to 120 in the end, winning the game by 5 runs.

Punjab Kings are currently sitting at fifth position on the points table and a win on Tuesday could help move to the upper half of the table.