PBKS vs MI Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 33

Updated - 18 Apr 2024, 06:15 PM

Rohit Sharma-Shikhar Dhawan
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The PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 match will be played at the Mullanpur Stadium in Chandigarh on April 18, Thursday. Both teams are in desperate need of points heading into this game and also lost their previous respective games. 

Date and Venue

The PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 match will be played at the newly-built Mullanpur stadium on Thursday, April 18 from 7.30 pm IST. The match starts at 7.30 pm IST and is the only match to be played on Saturday. Both teams are heading into this game after a loss in their previous match. 

PBKS vs MI Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 33

Punjab Kings 

The Kings lost their previous match against the Rajasthan Royals. Their bowlers took the game to the 19th over trying to defend 147 and almost made a match out of it.

Heading into this game, PBKS are placed seventh on the points table and need to string together a few wins to stay relevant in the tournament.

The team suffered a massive blow ahead of the previous game when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out for 7-10 days with a shoulder niggle. The openers have not given Punjab Kings consistent starts and the absence of Shikhar Dhawan would hurt them all the more. 

PBKS Squad 

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thyagarajann, Prince Choudhary, Rilee Rossouw

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Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians lost their previous match against Chennai Super Kings. Chasing 206, they ended up scoring 186 and fell short by 20 runs. MS Dhoni's cameo of 20 runs made the difference for his side. Cricket experts once again blamed Hardik Pandya's clueless captaincy for this loss.

Going forward it will be really interesting to see what will be Hardik's plans as captain against Punjab Kings. After two back-to-back wins, the loss has dented back their confidence.

A dejected look on Rohit Sharma's face after the game spoke about the possible atmosphere within the dressing room. A win for Mumbai will help them edge Punjab to the seventh position on the table. 

MI Squad 

Hardik Pandya (c), Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, N. Tilak Varma, Tim David, Harvik Desai, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Luke Wood, Romario Shepherd, Gerald Coetzee, Shreyas Gopal, Nuwan Thushara, Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj, Mohammad Nabi, Shivalik Sharma

PBKS vs MI Key Battles

Rohit Sharma vs Kagiso Rabada 

This should be a mouthwatering contest. Rohit is in-form after his unbeaten ton against CSK. Rabada, on the other hand, took two wickets and bowled brilliantly against RR. KG have had the wood over Rohit dismissing him twice in the IPL for just 37 runs. 

Surykumar Yadav vs Sam Curran 

Curran who will lead Punjab Kings will have to take the responsibility of dismissing SKY in the game. The batter had the wood over the England all-rounder smacking him for 52 runs off just 19 balls. 

Ishan Kishan vs Arshdeep Singh 

Ishan has looked to give quick starts to MI. In the process, he has perished a few times as well. He has looked in trouble against the moving ball early on. Therein lies Arshdeep's chance to dismiss him. 

PBKS vs MI Key Players

Without Shikhar Dhawan, PBKS will need to depend upon the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Liam Livingstone, and Jitesh Sharma to do the run-scoring. With the ball, Arshdeep Singh, Rabada, and Harpreet Brar are key. 

For MI, The trio of Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav are always key with the bat. Time David is also a key batter. With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah, Gerald Coetzee, and Piyush Chawla are key.

PBKS vs MI Weather and Pitch Report

The weather conditions will be around 23 degrees in the evening and there is no chance of rain. Speaking about the wicket, it has played very fair so far until now. 174, 182, and 147 were posted by the teams's batting first. This might be a high-scoring contest. 

Conclusion

A massive game in the context of moving up the points table for both teams. A win for MI will take them above PBKS to the seventh position on the table. 

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