- Punjab Kings will face defending champions Mumbai Indian today in the 42nd match of IPL 2021
- In the 27 matches played between the two teams, there is nothing to separate as MI leads with just 1 extra win over PBKS
- The match between MI and PBKS will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 7:30 PM (IST)
Today, fans will witness the defending champions of IPL, Mumbai Indians, facing the Punjab Kings in the 42nd match of the tournament at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 7:30 PM (IST). Believe it or not, right now PBKS sits higher on the IPL 2021 points table at 5th position, while Mumbai Indians sits on the 7th.
Having said this, teams from 4th position to 7th position on the IPL 2021 points table right now are only separated by NRR as they all have 8 points to their names with every team having played 10 games each.
On one hand, PBKS wont their last match in IPL while on the other side MI is coming in after losing their last match.
PBKS won their last match against SRH by 5 runs. MI, on the other hand, lost their last match by 54 runs which they played against RCB.
For the defending champions, this has not been the best of IPL campaigns, having lost 6 matches in 10 matches of which 3 coming from the lat 5 matches, it must be hard to see themselves so low of the points table.
MI is coming into today’s match on the back of 3 successive losses.
PBKS, too, have lost 3 of their last 5 matches, however, are coming in on the back of a win into today’s match.
The last time MI and PBKS faced each other was in IPL 2021 itself, in the 17th match of the tournament played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. In the match, PBKS were able to restrict MI for 131/6 and chased the total quite confortably with 9 wickets remaining and 14 balls to spare.
MI Vs PBKS Head To Head Stats
There is no denying that Mumbai Indians have one of the best team in IPL, especially when we look at the depth of this team, does not matter if you are the harshest critic of MI, you will agree to that fact.
MI have shown people in the past that they cannot be takn lightly even when they are down and have made commendable comebacks to make it to the play offs and have won the IPL titles 5 times.
PBKS on the other hand, have shown heart this season of the Indian Premier League, with the team looking in form and being called as a serious contender of the IPL trophy this season, could make it to the Playoffs as easily as Mumbai Indians.
The last time these two giants faced each other was in the 20th match of IPL 2021 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. PBKS’ bowlers did their magin and restricted Mumbai Indian for 131/6 after 20 overs. Mohammed Shami abd Rai Bishnoi, both, had the exact same spell record for the match. Both of them bowled 4 overs, conceded 21 runs and took 2 wickets.
For Mumbai Indians, only their skipper Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav played decent knocks scoring 63(53) and 33(27) respectively.
For PBKS, their skipper played a superb inning scoring unbeaten 60 run from 52 balls hitting 3 maximums and 3 boundaries along the way. Chris Gayle, too, remained unbeaten hitting 2 maximums and 5 boundaries in 35 balls to score 43 runs.
PBKS won the match with 9 wickets and 14 balls to spare.
In total PBKS and MI have played 27 matches against each other and 14 of them have won by Mumbai Indians while PBKB won 13.
MI Vs PBKS Last 5 Encounters
23rd April April 2021: Punjab Kings won by 9 wickets
18th October 2020: Punjab Kings won in 2nd Super Over
1st October 2020: Mumbai Indians won by 48 runs
10th April 2019: Mumbai Indians won by 3 wickets
30th March 2019: Punjab Kings won by 8 wickets
Additioanl Stats Of MI & PBKS
MI highest score against PBKS: 223
PBKS highest score against MI: 230
Highest Individual Score against PBKS: 100 (Lendl Simmons)
Highest Individual Score against MI: 104* (Hashim Amla)
Most wickets for MI against PBKS: 22 (Lasith Malinga)
Most wickets for PBKS against MI: 15 (Piyush Chawla)
Lowest MI score against PBKS: 87
Lowest PBKS score against MI: 119
There is no denying of the fact that both Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings are great franchises of the Indian Premier League, however, with their track record, and the famous, infamous for the opposing teams, comebacks from Mumbai Indians in matches and league table, we are inclined to say that Mumbai Indians will come out on top in today’s match.