Defending champions Mumbai Indians will lock horns against Punjab Kings in the 42nd game of the IPL 2021 to keep their Playoffs hopes alive. Mumbai Indians with 4 wins out of 10 games currently sitting at 7th position in points table followed by Punjab Kings with 4 wins out of their 10 games sits at the 5th position in the points table with slightly better net run rate.
Both teams have lost their last games of the season against the respective teams while in the second leg of the tournament Mumbai Indians have lost their all three matches with Punjab Kings has won one game out of two games of the leg they have featured. Lets us take a look at the 3 players battle to watch out for in the match between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings.
#1 Jasprit Bumrah vs KL Rahul
The Yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah has been completely out of the touch in the ongoing season who is not even in the top 10 list of most Wicket takers in the season and is too economical in his spells. While KL Rahul has been the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 380 runs in 10 games so far but still as the captain he failed to take his team over the line on the occasions.
It is expected to good bat and bowl contest between these two when they go against each other.
#2 Rohit Sharma vs Mohammed Shami
Rohit Sharma has missed the major part of the tournament and since his return hasn’t scored many runs to help the side. Mumbai Indians’ hopes are all on their opening batsman in such a crucial match of the season.
Mohammad Shami the right-arm fast bowler has a good start to the season but with tournament progress, he has missed the trick against teams. As a frontline bowler, Shami has the ability to take wickets at the start and death overs. Interesting to watch out how this rivalry moves ahead.
#3 Trent Boult vs Mayank Agarwal
The second-best batsman of the league from Punjab Kings Mayank Agarwal after skipper KL Rahul with 327 runs in 8 games so far which included 3 half-centuries at an average of 46.71 and strike rate of 144. At the crucial point of the tournament, a lot depends on Mayank Agarwal’s batting form to help the side qualify for the playoffs.
While on the other side Mumbai Indians left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult used to open the bowling for the team to provide the initial dents in the opposition’s lineup. In the current season, Boult has not been good enough so far but will be interesting to see how he performs in the pressure situation for the team.