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Mumbai Indians will take on Punjab Kings on Wednesday, April 13 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune. The match will start at 7:30 PM. Talking about Mumbai, this team, which is known for its slow start, has lost its first four matches this time too. On the other hand Punjab has won 2 out of 4 matches. The third win was snatched from PBKS by Tewatia hitting 2 sixes in the last two balls. By winning today’s match, both the teams will try to return to the rhythm.
Forgetting the storm of Tewatia, Punjab will come on the field
At the beginning of the season, Punjab did wonders by chasing a huge target of 205 runs against Bengaluru. Then in the second match, he lost to Kolkata and won against Chennai. In the fourth match, defending the target of 190 runs in front of Gujarat, Punjab lost the match due to the storm of Shubman Gill and Teotia. In such a situation, Punjab Kings can make some changes in their bowling attack against Mumbai. Like Rohit Sharma, Punjab captain Mayank Agarwal is struggling with poor form. His failure is not giving the team a good start. It will be interesting to see who plays the other batsman with Liam Livingstone against Mumbai.
Apart from Surya, the rest of the players are not able to spread the shine.
Mumbai Indians have looked very weak since the auction. The balance of the team has been disturbed due to the departure of Pandya Brothers, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar. The bowling attack also hasn’t looked anything special. Jasprit Bumrah is not able to create fear in the batsmen like before and a lot of runs are being scored on his balls. But Jasprit’s record against Punjab has been excellent.
Rohit Sharma has been a flop in all four matches as a captain and as a batsman. Rohit has to play till the end if MI wants to win the match. Suryakumar Yadav is falling alone in the batting for two consecutive innings and due to no runs from the other end, the team’s total remains low. In such a situation, Rohit and Surya together can take Mumbai to a big score.
Mumbai hopes from youth
There has been a lack of consistency in the batting of young players like Tilak Verma and Dewald Brevis. This is where the role of Mumbai’s coaching staff becomes important. He should tell that big innings played in one match and getting out early in other matches is not the mark of a good player. Before the last match, the great batsman Sachin Tendulkar was seen giving tips to the players of Mumbai but perhaps the players could not follow his words. In today’s match, the fans of Mumbai will expect a return from the team. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai had given chance to only two foreign players. It will be interesting to see what strategy they adopt in this matter today.