The Mumbai Indians will seek to respond to their troubles in order to achieve consistency, while the Punjabi kings would desperately want to arrest their entire slide when the two sides clash in IPL match here on friday.
The Rohit Sharma-Mumbai crashed to win against Delhi Capitals after a clumsy execution of cotton wool and will seek redemption. The skipper shone with the bat, but others could not go, and the wrong firing of the middle row would be the main concern of the country.
MI’s bowling more often rises to the occasion and wins matches for the team.
However, they could not do it against Delhi and would like the bullies to get better results to do their job.
Rohit seemed to be on good terms with Delhi. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, stars of the team’s winning campaign in 2020, failed to contribute to winning matches and this harmed MI along with the average performances of Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal .
It’s still the early days of this year’s IPL, but the Mumbai Indians want his players to find form and consistency, and a game against an under-performing Punjab could be the beginning.
Punjab is flattered to cheat after a winning start. The shot for 120 by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday hinted at bigger problems for KL Rahula team that has to solve more than one problem, especially its composition.
The terrible cotton wool did not hit the straps, except Rahul and Mayank Agarwal and the bowling alley is pedestrian.
“Universal Chief” Chris Gale has failed to manage production until his West Indian counterpart Nicholas Puran, who is expected to provide the big photos in the middle, has so far arrived.
Three consecutive losses would definitely damage Punjab’s morale and the team must recover quickly, otherwise its hopes for the playoffs would be dashed.
Rahul is two fifty years old in four games so far, but has not received support from others. His captaincy did not inspire much confidence and the confused selection of the team intensified his troubles.
Deepak Huda has shown what he is capable of, but he will need more consistency if the team is to prosper.
They rely on the Australian import rate Joy Richardson and Riley Meredith to increase the ante, but they proved expensive and had already lost their place in the XI.
The Punjab could try to attract the talented Ravi Bishnoi instead of Murugan Ashwin and fit into Chris Jordan in the 11th century.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Niysham, Jasprit bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Crowned Panda, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Neal, Piyush Chaula, Quinton de Cock (WK), Rahul Chahar, Saurab Tiwari, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Bult, Yudhvir Singh.
Punjabi Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohamed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.
(The match starts at 7.30 pm).