IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians Vs Punjab Kings – Match 17 Preview

The match 17th of this season brings an in-house battle of the two great Indian openers. It will be a contest between Rohit Vs Rahul for the first time in the IPL 2021 season.

Mumbai Indians will take on their rivals Punjab Kings at Chennai on 23rd April 2021. The 17th match will be live on Star Sports, and the streaming will be on HOTSTAR, JIO TV, Live Cricket TV, and Ten Sports mobile app.

Mumbai Indians have won two and lost two. In comparison, PBK has won one game and lost three games on the trot. Punjab has been an unpredicted side. They have all-around problems to sort before they take on the defending champions, Mumbai Indians.

In the last game against SRH, it was their batters who put up a disappointing show. PBKS need runs from their top three. For the next match, PBKS should open with Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal.

They can score quick runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. Rahul can be the anchor of the innings, and the team will bat around their captain.

KL Rahul’s strike rate has been a problem in the T20s. He needs to be quicker than he is usually for this team. Rahul has been proven guilty for his low strike rate in the fastest format. So opening with Gayle and pushing Rahul at the number three position will not be a bad idea.

Deepak Hooda at number four is another attacking move if PBKS should drop Nicholas Pooran. and promote Hooda, who has been in good hitting form. Pooran has been a purely flop player for the Kings in the recent games. Deepak Hooda is an established batsman who can for the job with his captain at number three.  

Then PBKS have the finishers like Fabian Allen, Mosies Henriques, and Shahrukh Khan in their lineup. But even if their batting is sorted, they have issues in their bowling. Shami’s poor form is a worry for them. They can replace this senior bowler with a youngster like Ishan Porel.

Match 17 Preview
Match 17 Preview

They need to replace Murugan Ashwin with Ravi Bishnoi. The youngster did a decent job in the last season for them. Jhye Richardson should be back in the squad for the next match against Mumbai Indians. He can be the fourth overseas for PKBS.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians had batted in poorly in their last game against Delhi Capitals. They posted a below-par score which was quickly chased down by DC batters in the end.

The main problem with MI’s batters is that they aren’t converting the starts. Rohit, De Kock, Surya, and Kishan should throw their wickets away after a decent start.

I generally rely on Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard for the finishing kick. But the problem is that Hardik hasn’t been in good touch. He played a match winnings innings in Their batsmen are in form.

They need to utilize the starts. Australia in that T20I series, and since then, his bat has been in the silent mode. Krunal Pandya hasn’t been firing with bat and ball. Pollard gave the finishing power in o=just one game so far.

Before playing against PKBS, MI needs to rethink its strategy. They need to rethink their batting strategy for the upcoming games. Nothing is wrong with their batting. MI needs to utilize the starts which they get.

The bowlers are dependent on the batsmen if the batsmen don’t score enough runs on the board. Then, it will be harder for the bowlers to give a match-winning performance. This happened in the last match against DC for MI. Their bowlers are in good shape, and MI will want them to deliver for the quest of three back-to-back IPL titles.

Probable, Predicted, Playing XI for Punjab Kings – Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Moises Henriques, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Jhye Richarson, and Ravi Bishnoi.       

Probable, Predicted, Playing XI Mumbai Indians –  Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult.

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