MI vs PBKS – Fantasy Cricket Tips, Expected Playing XI, Pitch Report

The Mighty Mumbai Indians vs. the Powerhouse Punjab Kings

The 5-time IPL champions and by far the most renowned team of the league, Mumbai Indians, have not had the best season so far. The defending champions have only managed to win 4 out of their 9 encounters so far. A recent streak of defeats has also led to their position plummeting from the 4th spot to the 6th on the leaderboard. However, as they gear up to face Punjab in their next encounter, the question is, which team would most cricket betting apps favor?

Although the Mumbai Indians are currently higher than the Punjab Kings on the IPL leaderboard, the two teams are quite indistinguishable in their head-to-head record, with Mumbai Indians the slight favorite (14 – 13). However, a key fact from their previous encounters, which can surely impact several cricket betting apps online, is the fact that Punjab Kings brutally defeated the 5 times champion when they previously collided this year. 

Key Players To Look At

As the two teams gear to collide in September, here are a few players that can make a major impact on the result of the match – 

  • KL Rahul – Undoubtedly one of the best current white-ball players of the sport, KL Rahul has been flawless with the bat, as well as the captain’s hat, throughout the season. The youngster is averaging 63 runs and is currently sitting second on the orange cap list. Moreover, KL Rahul’s dismissal would also be crucial for the Mumbai Indians, as the skipper wrecked the men in blue when they last collided, scoring 60 runs in just 52 deliveries. 
  • Mayank Agarwal – Another young sensation. Mayank Agarwal has re-introduced his batting capabilities from the onset of the 2021 IPL season. With 327 runs in 8 innings,  His form would be crucial for the Punjab Kings if they expect to hold any chance against the defending champions. 
  • Rahul Chahar – The wizard Chahar has time and again proven his worth to the notable administration of the Mumbai Indians. The spinner is currently the most successful bowler of the team (this season), as he took 9 wickets in the first 9 matches of the season. If the Mumbai Indians hope to tame the blazing batting lineup that the Punjab Kings possess, Rahul Chahar would have to muster up his magic and take some early wickets on the moist Abu Dhabi track. 

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Expected Playing XI – Tips for Fantasy league Viewers 

Mumbai Indians 

Punjab Kings 

  • KL Rahul 
  • Mayank Agarwal 
  • Aiden Markram 
  • Nicholas Pooran 
  • Deepak Hooda
  • Fabian Allen 
  • Ishan Porel 
  • Harpreet Brar
  • Adil Rashid
  • Mohammad Shami 
  • Arshdeep Singh 

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A Concluding Statement – Pitch Analysis

Given that the pitches in Sheikh Zyed stadium are batting friendly, a high-scoring innings can be expected from both teams. Therefore, if the cricket betting apps had to weigh out the stronger contingent out of the two teams, the pitch would definitely favor the Punjab Kings to win in their upcoming encounter.

However, it is worth noting that the Mumbai Indians also hold a deep batting lineup, when captained wisely, which could overturn this match prediction.

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