MI vs PBKS: Punjab Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the 17th match of IPL 2021 on Friday. Both sides haven’t made an ideal start to the tournament. Mumbai is sitting fourth at the points table, while Punjab Kings are languishing at the bottom.
Mumbai Indians are coming into the game on the back of a 6-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals in their last game. They would look to forget that outing and focus on winning the coming games. However, with the middle-order not performing too well, the match could go either way. The likes of Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Ishan Kishan are yet to showcase their best game.
The trio has to perform if Mumbai wants to assure themselves of a win on Friday. With Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav in top form, one could expect the duo to come out all guns blazing against Punjab.
Punjab Kings played their first game at Chepauk in the ongoing tournament. The batting failed to adapt to the slowness of the surface. Much like Mumbai Indians’ Punjab too are facing issues in the middle-order. The likes of Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran have had a forgettable season so far. You might see David Malan coming in place of Pooran in the next game. For Punjab to win the game, the openers in KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal ought to give a good start. It also remains to be seen how many spinners will Punjab go in with.
MI vs PBKS Live telecast:
The match between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings will be available on Star Sports Network and Hotstar. The live scores can be availed from different platforms such as Cricbuzz.
The playing XI of both the teams will be out before 30 minutes of the match.
Also read: MI vs PBKS Statistical preview.