Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings Preview and Prediction: Will Winless Run End for Mumbai?

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It has been a week of surprise results so far in the Indian Premier League, with Sunrisers Hyderabad’s upset of Gujarat Titans followed by Chennai Super Kings getting the better of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Mumbai Indians, now the only team yet to win a match in IPL 2022, will be hoping that pattern continues when they take on Punjab Kings. But who will come out on top? Read on for our full Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings preview and prediction:

Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings Preview and Prediction

IPL So Far

Mumbai Indians lost more than one star player in the mega-auction, but they looked to have rebuilt successfully. That has not proved to be the case so far. They started their season by beaten, and fairly comfortably, by the Delhi Capitals and that has rather set the tone for the team. Rajasthan Royals beat them by 23 runs in their second match before they were hammered by Kolkata Knight Riders. They were only slightly more competitive in their fourth match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Punjab Kings have fared better so far. The hyper-aggressive approach they have adopted with the bat has, for the most part, served them well at times, leading them to comfortable wins Royal Challengers Bangalore in their IPL opener and Chennai Super Kings in their third outing. But they have also suffered a humbling reverse against KKR, who bowled them out for 137 and chased that down in 14.3 overs, before losing a final-ball thriller to Gujarat Titans after Rahul Tewatia hit back-to-back sixes.

Expected Teams

Rohit Sharma has posted middling returns in the IPL in recent years. He will be hoping for a big score here. Ishan Kishan, his partner at the top, has been more impressive, whilst the return of Suryakumar Yadav at number three is a boost. Tilak Varna will bat at three, with ‘Baby AB’ Dewald Brevis, Kieron Pollard and Fabian Allen completing the middle order. That does leave a relatively long tail of M Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills and Jaydev Unadkat.

Punjab Kings, meanwhile, will rely on the vastly experienced top order of Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan and Johnny Bairstow, with the hard-hitting all-rounder Liam Livingstone in at four. Jitesh Sharma and Shahrukh Khan are the likely options at five and six, with Odean Smith at seven. There are few who can hit a ball further than the West Indian. Like their opponents it is a longish tail with Kagiso Rabada at eight, Rahul Chahar at nine and Vaibhav Arora and Arshdeep Singh at 10 and 11.

Prediction

One can never quite be sure which Punjab Kings will turn up. Well that is not strictly true, the approach does not differ, but the results do and potentially quite wildly. But in the long run, with the talent they possess in their batting line-up (and the relative weakness of their bowling attack) it is surely the right approach. And against a Mumbai Indians bowling attack that does not look particularly strong either, especially in the spin department, it may well pay off for Punjab Kings.

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