Match Preview

Punjab Kings will be up against Mumbai Indians in Match 42 of IPL 2021 on 28 September at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The Mumbai Indians are in danger of missing out on a spot in the IPL 2021 play-offs unless they perform spectacularly in their next four games. MI, captained by Rohit Sharma, will need a strong effort from their struggling middle order to do this. Both teams have eight points from ten games, however Kings are in fifth place and Mumbai are in seventh place in the IPL 2021 points table, thanks to a greater net run rate. While there was always some concern about Punjab’s ability to qualify for the playoffs, the Mumbai Indians are anticipated to recover at some stage.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for spinners.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 36 – 37 °C


Total matches                                  47

Matches won batting first               22

Matches won bowling first             25

Average 1st Inns scores                140

Average 2nd Inns scores               129

Highest total recorded                   225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                    87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                    166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                 129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) KL Rahul – The right-handed batsman is tall, elegant player who can keep wicket in a crisis. His technique has benefitted PBKS in the first half of IPL. He is a must pick for the next match. He made 21 runs and took a wicket in the last match.

Matches – 161

Runs – 5243

Average – 42.62

2) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He scored 24 runs and took 2 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 231

Runs – 6998

Average – 34.30

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed batsman’ adept skills that translates into quick runs has led MI, from the bottom of the points table to numerous victories. He is in great form and a lot of fans are banking on him. He made 43 runs in his last match.

Matches – 352

Runs – 9391

Average – 32.16

2) Suryakumar Yadav – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive player whose career is built on consistent performances. He doesn’t fear innovating and has a strong hand for shorter formats.

Matches – 184

Runs – 3895

Average – 30.91

3) Mayank Agarwal – The right-handed batsman has been phenomenal in the domestic circuit and has played his best in the last two seasons for PBKS. He is in good form and a wise choice for the next match.

Matches – 156

Runs – 3725

Average – 26.60

4) Aiden Markram – Markram has a calm head on his shoulders with outstanding poise and attention, and a crafty-yet-airtight technique that he can adapt as needed. He is primarily an off-side player with a compact opener’s technique and has a larger shot repertoire. He made 27 runs in his last match.

Matches – 61

Runs – 1477

Average – 31.42

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mohammad Shami – He is a right arm fast medium bowler who is fast proving to be one of the stand-out and versatile performers in the Indian squad. He took 2 wickets in his last match.

Matches – 108

Wickets – 124

Economy – 8.32

2) Arshdeep Singh –  Arshdeep is a left-arm pacer from Punjab who wowed everyone with his pace and control with the new ball in the last two games of the tournament. He took a wicket in his last match and a five wicket haul in the match before that.

Matches – 26

Wickets – 35

Economy – 8.06

3) Trent Boult – The left-arm fast medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and change up the pace and lengths in the death overs makes him a lethal bowler. He took a wicket in the last IPL match.

Matches – 131

Wickets – 152

Economy – 8.30

4) Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit’ quick warm-up is followed by a fast-paced bowling action. Despite his small stature, he has mastered the knack of bowling inch-perfect yorkers. This death bowler is an impressive player and an asset for MI as he took 3 wickets in the last match.

Matches – 182

Wickets -223

Economy – 7.07

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Hardik Pandya-  Pandya, despite being known for his powerful hitting, is no slouch with the ball. With his extra bounce from a back of a length and especially his ability to swing the ball away from the right-hander, Pandya’s bowling has come a long way, especially in the shorter format.

Matches – 166

Runs – 2656

Average – 27.10

Wickets – 110

Economy – 8.14

2) Kieron Pollard – He is a dangerous lower middle order batsman who can also bowl medium speed with subtle changes of pace. His destructive batting skills is a cause of concern for even experienced bowlers.

Matches – 564

Runs – 11202

Average – 31.64

Wickets – 298

Economy – 8.22

Predicted Playing 11

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (Wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul (Captain, WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi.


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Punjab Kings– 54%

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