MI vs PBKS Live Score, IPL 2024: Faltering Punjab Kings, Mumbai Indians aim to resurrect IPL campaign

Apr18,2024



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Times of India | April 18, 2024, 16:57:21 IST

MI vs PBKS Live Score: Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians will be desperate to revive their faltering campaign in the Indian Premier League when the two bottom-placed teams face each other on Thursday.

With only a few decimal points difference between the two teams after six matches each, Punjab's net run rate is slightly better at -0.218, placing them at seventh place in the IPL points table, one above Mumbai Indians (-0.234).

Both Punjab and Mumbai have lost four matches each and are coming off defeats in their respective previous fixtures, which means there will be pressure on both the camps to work in unison.

The challenge for Punjab has increased to get the best performance from its top order with regular captain Dhawan out for 'seven to 10 days' due to a shoulder injury.

The only bright spot for PBKS this season has been the determined performance of their unsung Indian players Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma, who both bat lower down the order and have had to make up for shortcomings at the top more than once.

Prabhsimran Singh's form – 119 runs at an average of 19.83 in six matches – is a matter of concern and the same can be said for India wicketkeeper-batsman Jitesh Sharma. With selection for the World Cup squad approaching, Jitesh, who has managed just 106 runs in six matches at an average of 17.66, will also be excited.

PBKS will have to find more support for their overseas bowling pair of Sam Curran (126 runs and 8 wickets) and Kagiso Rabada (9). The Indian pair of Arshdeep Singh (9) and Harshal Patel (7) have been easy prey for the batsmen.

Mumbai Indians will know that they have enough firepower to turn the situation around, but a collective effort on a sustained basis is the need of the hour.

Two wins at home against Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore ended their three-match losing streak, but defeat to Chennai Super Kings despite a century from Rohit Sharma meant the five-time winners left them on the drawing board. Have been forced to go back.

It starts with Hardik Pandya's form and role in the team. The all-rounder has tried to share the responsibility in the bowling department, but his economy rate of 12 is worrying. On the same parameter, Gerald Coetzee (9) and uncapped Akash Madhwal (4) have conceded more than 10 runs per over.

With the bat, Pandya has not provided any solidity either while batting first or finishing the match in the latter half.

Also, Pandya has faced hostile environments in different stadiums in all the games he has played so far this season, which can have an adverse effect on a player.

In such a situation, the form of Rohit and Ishan Kishan has become important for Mumbai Indians, for which Suryakumar Yadav has given mixed results.

Teams (from):

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Tyde, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia. , Vidavath Kawerappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thiagarajan, Prince Choudhary, Riley Rossouw.

Mumbai Indians: Hardik Pandya (captain), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dewald Brevis, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Gerald Coetzee, Tim David, Shreyas Gopal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Anshul Kamboj, Kumar Karthikeya, Akash Madhwal, Kwena Mafaka. , Mohammad Nabi, Shams Mulani, Naman Dheer, Shivalik Sharma, Romario Shepherd, Arjun Tendulkar, Nuwan Thushara, Tilak Verma, Harvik Desai, Nehal Wadhera, Luke Wood.
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