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IPL: Punjab will put Mumbai to the test in a pivotal match

On Tuesday, May 3, a pivotal IPL encounter between the Mumbai Indians (MI), a five-time champion, and the unpredictable Punjab Kings in Mohali, would put the MI’s quality and pedigree to the test once again.
 
A victory would give Mumbai Indians the much-needed boost on the points board, while a defeat will cause them to fall farther behind and resume their former track. Prior to this one, Mumbai Indians had placed tenth and last. Things do not seem to be going well for Rohit Sharma’s team as they are now ranked seventh with 8 points from 8 games.
 
 
However, the Mumabi Indians team would have had a lot of confidence after defeating Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on April 30 after it successfully chased down a huge 212 with three balls to spare to earn two significant points.
 
 
During his 14-ball unbeaten 45, Tim David, an Australian cricketer who was born in Singapore, orchestrated the victory by slamming three consecutive sixes to wrest victory from the jaws of defeat.
 
Even though Suryakumar Yadav (55), the towering Australian all-rounder Cameron Green (44), Ishan Kishan (28), and Tilak Varma (29 not out) all had a substantial impact, none could match the fury of David’s strokes.
 
The 27-year-old middle-order batsman, who had a strike rate above 300, contributed to Mumbai Indians’ victory at home by hitting five sixes and two boundaries.
 
It will need a comparable amount of commitment to beat the Punjab Kings, who are renowned for playing aggressive cricket but have a fragile top order.
 
With the exception of Shikhar Dhawan and, to a lesser degree, his opening partner Prabhsimran Singh, not few PBKS batters have contributed enough to their overall totals. However, everything changed in their most recent encounter against Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk on April 30.
 
The whole top and middle order came through to enable MS Dhoni’s side defeat the opposition by four wickets in a last-ball thriller despite their difficult 200-run total. After Prabhsimran and Dhawan established a strong foundation in the powerplay, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, and wicketkeeper-batter Jitesh Sharma all contributed to the historic chase.
 
Jofra Archer of the Mumbai Indians, who returned to the game against the Rajasthan Royals and bowled his necessary amount of overs while also getting a wicket, will likely be a problem for the club.
 
The Mumabi Indians skipper Rohit’s performance is the five-time IPL winners’ primary concern, and a lot will rely on him on Wednesday to steady his squad after scoring just three runs against the Royals.

 

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