IPL 2022 Match 23 MI vs PBKS: Preview, predicted XI, fantasy tips

Tags: IPL 2022, Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, 23rd Match at Pune, Apr 13, 2022, Mumbai XI, Punjab XI

Published on: Apr 12, 2022

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The Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) in match number 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune. This will be an evening game and will begin at 7:30 PM. Following Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), MI are the only team that are yet to win a match in IPL 2022. They have lost their first four matches in a row. In their last game, they got hammered by Bangalore by seven wickets.

PBKS, on the other hand, have had an up and down time. They have played four, winning two and losing as many. They suffered a heartbreak in their previous match against the Gujarat Titans (GT). Chasing 190, GT got home as Rahul Tewatia slammed the last two balls of the match for sixes. That game was, however, held on April 8 and Punjab would have got enough time to recover.

MI’s batting has been below par. Against RCB, they posted 151 thanks mainly to Suryakumar Yadav’s fifty. Rohit Sharma needs to find form while Ishan Kishan needs to find consistency. Kieron Pollard’s form is also a worry. In the bowling, the others somehow need to find a way to support Jasprit Bumrah.

MI Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Fabien Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi

Punjab batters need to score runs. It has all been about Liam Livingstone in the last two matches. Skipper Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan need to lift their game. Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith have also not lived up to the finishers’ tag. Their bowling is doing well, but the fifth bowler is an issue, which cost them the game against GT.

PBKS Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shahrukh Khan, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh

Top fantasy picks for MI vs PBKS clash: Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar

--Renin Wilben Albert

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