- This season, the Punjab Kings have dropped three of their four home games.
- In their previous outing, MI and PBKS both chased down a 200+ target.
- In addition to MI, Punjab is having bowling issues ahead of their last home game.
On Wednesday, May 3, at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, Match 46 of the IPL 2023 will pit the Punjab Kings (PBKS) against the Mumbai Indians (MI). Both sides entered the match with winning records in their previous matches. Having won five of their first nine games, the Punjab Kings are ranked sixth in the IPL points standings. Mumbai Indians, on the other side, are now in seventh place with four wins from their eight games.
Punjab has only won once against the Kolkata Knight Riders in their four home matches, which includes their season-opening game. The MI team, led by Shikhar Dhawan, enters the match after defeating the season’s runners-up, Rajasthan Royals, and will be looking to improve their home record against them.
PBKS Vs MI Head To Head:
Mumbai Indians have won 15 of the 29 games played between the two teams in IPL history, with Punjab Kings taking home victories in the other 14 games. Both teams competed in a double super over match during the 2020 season, with PBKS ultimately taking the victory.
Having said that, let us take a closer look at their past 5 meetings
PBKS Vs MI Last 5 Encounters:
April 22, 2023: PBKS won by 13 runs
April 13, 2022: PBKS won 12 runs
September 28, 2021: MI won 6 wickets
April 23, 2021: PBKS won by 9 wickets
October 18, 2020: PBKS (Super Over)
Expected Top Performers For PBKS And MI:
Probable Best Batsman
The 23-year-old all-rounder, has emerged as the second-highest run-scorer for Mumbai Indians in the current season, having amassed 243 runs from eight innings at an impressive average of 48.60 and a strike rate of 152.83. He has scored two half-centuries so far, including a superb knock of 44 runs off just 26 balls against Rajasthan Royals, featuring four boundaries and two sixes. Green will be aiming to continue his fine form and deliver another impressive performance against PBKS.
Probable Best Bowler
The talented left-arm seamer, has been a standout performer this season, having taken 15 wickets in nine innings at an impressive average of 19.66. In his recent outing against CSK, the 24-year-old claimed one wicket while conceding 37 runs in his four-over spell. He will be hoping to produce a stronger display in the upcoming match against MI, the same team he had previously bowled brilliantly against, taking four wickets for 29 runs.
Additional Stats Of PBKS And MI:
GT highest score against PBKS: 176
DC highest score against MI: 198
Most runs for PBKS: 70 (Shikhar Dhawan)
Most runs for MI: 566 (Rohit Sharma)
Most wickets for PBKS: 7 (Arshdeep Singh)
Most wickets for MI: 2 (Piyush Chawla, Cameron Green & Jason Behrendorff)
Most catches for PBKS: 1 (Jitesh Sharma, Atharva Taide, Matthew Short, Shikhar Dhawan, Sam Curran & Arshdeep Singh)
Most catches for MI: 5 (Suryakumar Yadav)
Lowest total defended by PBKS against MI: 119
Lowest total defended by MI against PBKS: 159
These two teams are likely to play in an intense match. Since both teams’ problems and strengths are similar, there is no clear winner in this scenario. If the pitch will alter and get slower as the game goes on, the toss may be important. Despite their recent expensive games, we believe PBKS will have a slight advantage over MI because of their superior bowling attack.
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