Punjab Kings got the better of Mumbai Indians in their last meeting this season, with Arshdeep Singh bowling an excellent 20th over.
Mumbai Indians and Punjab lords go into Wednesday’s IPL 2023 match at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali facing analogous challenges, and how they manage could decide the winner.
Keep the screens and DLS wastes handy too, as there’s presently a 70 percent chance of rain on match day. The brigades trained under heavy skies on Tuesday.
Punjab got the better of Mumbai in their last meeting this season, with Arshdeep Singh brushing an excellent 20th over. But it’s in the same death bowling phase, where their chops are subordinated to the most forensic examination, that MI and PBKS have generally plodded.
Among those who have transferred down at least 18 balls in the death( 17 – 20) overs in this edition, five of the 10 loftiest frugality rates belong to MI and PBKS combined MI’s Cameron Green (16.33), Jason Behrendorff (13.50), and Jofra Archer (11.66), and PBKS’s Nathan Ellis (14) and Kagiso Rabada (12.75). Both sides will need to make pronounced advancements in that area to avoid the same fate in Mohali.
Arshdeep’s battle with Tim David at the death could be decisive. David took down Jason Holder’s tried wide yorkers in the last match against the Rajasthan Royals by stepping out and moving forward and through. It ’ll be intriguing to see how Arshdeep, who does calculate on wide yorkers, counters this.
The dew may not be a big concern because of the heavy rainfall, but the side fur first would still eye an below- par score. Shikhar Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh, the lords openers, had a good spin against CSK last Sunday. Dhawan is a classical strokeplayer who gradationally kicks into the advanced gears, and Prabhsimran dovetails with him by trying to give aggressive thresholds. But PBKS will be cautious of the fact that it has the alternate- smallest normal for an opening brace this season (20.88).
Meanwhile, MI needs to find a way to give Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav further time in the middle; transferring them at 3 and 4 is an volition. MI could also consider disrating an erratic Ishan Kishan (211 runs in eight matches at128.65) and opening with Green.
Rohit Sharma’s performance against pace is another concern. He has struck at115.05 against fast bowlers while comprising under 20, getting out six times in eight innings. Rohit has been particularly vulnerable in the Power Play, having been dismissed six times inside the first six overs.
Interestingly, Mumbai and Punjab’s strengths lie in their depth of fur. But the vigour of the power- blockbuster seems to have created reliance on them. And while the fur list may be long, only a many from either camp have shown a stamp of authority.
Still, their separate last IPL meetings produced thrilling homestretches that went in their favour, limited off by their primary strength, fur.
Mohali has generally been a fur-friendly face with medium- sized boundaries. PBKS’s last home match then saw it concede 257 against the Lucknow Super titans, the loftiest aggregate this IPL season and the alternate-loftiest in the event’s history. Wednesday evening’s match could formerly again be a high- scoring affair, rainfall permitting. Know More Latest IPL News…