Match – Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings – 42nd match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Abu Dhabi is a tad on the slower side. But under the floodlights, batting becomes easier, especially in the second half. Chasing should be the way forward. The spinners are expected to play a massive role going into the contest on Tuesday.
Avg first innings score: 144 (4 matches in the IPL 2021 at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 1, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Bench: Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Saurabh Kumar, Murugan Ashwin, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Ishan Porel
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton De Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya/Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marco Jansen, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, James Neesham, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Saurabh Tiwary/Krunal Pandya, Yudhvir Singh
KL Rahul is currently the leading run-scorer for PBSK in the ongoing edition of the IPL to go with four half-centuries. The Karnataka-born has impressive numbers against the Mumbai-based franchise. The youngster has notched 640 runs from 13 innings at an average of 71.11. He also notched a century against them at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai back in 2019.
Probable best bowler of the match
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah has been excellent for MI in the ongoing T20 league. In Mi’s previous game, he gave his team a good start after getting rid of Devdutt Padikkal for a four-ball duck. Against the Punjab-based team, the speedster has decent numbers. In the 48.4 overs he has played versus PBKS, Bumrah has picked up 17 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.31.