Mumbai Indians will face Punjab Kings in the 23rd match of IPL 2022.
Mumbai Indians are the only side in this season which haven’t won a single game and they are yet to open their account on the points table of IPL 2022.
MI have lost 4 out of 4 games and the skipper Rohit Sharma will have to come up with some new plans for the upcoming matches because they badly need a win to stay alive in the tournament.
The think tank of MI looks a bit confused. In fact, MI has used 15 players in its first four matches.
In the last match against RCB, the management fielded just two foreign players which was surprising.
Punjab Kings is having a mixed IPL campaign so far as they have registered 2 wins and 2 defeats in their first 4 matches.
They failed to defend 190 runs against Gujarat Titans in their previous game due to an outstanding finish from Rahul Tewatia who smashed two sixes on the last two balls to win the game for his side.
Liam Livingstone has been in great touch for Punjab Kings as he had scored two half-centuries in the last 2 games.
Teams: MI vs PBKS
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Stadium
Date: 13th April, Wednesday
Time: 7:30 pm IST
Pitch and weather report
The weather in Pune will be hot, with temperatures rising to 35-39 degrees, while humidity will be just 21%.
The track will play out even, with something on offer for both batters and bowlers.
The teams winning the toss will still prefer chasing, with a hint of dew after 9 .30 pm.
Head to head record
Let’s take a look at the head-to-head record between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings in the IPL history.
Total Matches Played: 28
MI won: 15
PBKS won: 13
Tie/no results: 0
MI Probable Playing 11
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Fabien Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi
PBKS Probable Playing 11
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
Star bowler of the match
Rahul Chahar is bowling brilliantly so far in the tournament.
He is picking wickets at a very low economy rate which is very crucial in the T20 format.
He will probably be the best bowler of the match.
Star batsman of the match
Suryakumar Yadav has been exceptional for Mumbai in the last couple of matches.
He has rescued his team with match-saving half-centuries in both games and he will be the key batter in this game as well.
Star Wicketkeeper of the match
Ishan Kishan has scored two fifties in the tournament so far and he is also very sharp behind the stumps.
He will the best wicketkeeper in match 23 of IPL 2022.
Star all-rounder of the match
Liam Livingstone has smashed two outstanding half-centuries in the last two games for Punjab.
His power-hitting ability is helping Punjab to score big totals.
He is also a good wicket-taking bowler in the middle overs and he is expected to shine with both bat and ball today.
Who will win?
Mumbai Indians are struggling a lot to assemble a balanced team combination.
Their bowling department is completed out of color which is the main reason for their poor performance this season.
Jasprit Bumrah is bowling nicely but he is not getting enough support from the other ends.
On the other hand, Punjab Kings have a better team combination and bowling department.
They have the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, and Arshdeep Singh in their bowling lineup which makes them a strong side.
Hence, our prediction for match 23 is that Punjab Kings will defeat Mumbai Indians.