PK v MI Preview and Predictions: Why we’re predicting the Kings will get a win against the odds

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Match: Punjab Kings v Mumbai Indians

Date: 23rd of April 2021

Time: 7.30 PM India

Stadium: MA Chidambaram Stadium

Trends & Recent Form

This match pitches two teams with great players in poor form. The odds make the Indians the strong favourites but the Cricketics team has been unimpressed with them so far. 

Punjab Kings form

Position: 8th of 8

Record:
  • Played: 4
  • Won: 1
  • Lost: 3
  • Net Run Rate: -0.824
Top players
Top Batsman: KL Rahul
  • Total runs: 161
  • Average: 40.25
  • High score: 91
Top Bowler: Arshdeep Singh
  • Total wickets: 5
  • Total overs: 12.4
  • Economy: 7.50
  • Best figures: 3/35
"If KL Rahul doesn't get a score then the Kings struggle. If he plays to his best then they have a chance of winning against the odds here."
Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content
Latest stats and trends
  • PK started the IPL well with a good win over the Royals scoring 221 runs with KL Rahul getting 95. 
  • They struggled in the second match, against CSK, and only managed to get 120 runs. Their form is very up and down with good scores always followed by a poor score.
  • In 4 match so far PK has batted first in every match.
  • Rahul was in a reflective mood after the match saying “A few batsmen got set and couldn’t get those 30s-40s that could get us through. Hopefully, we learn from this mistake, we have a game in a few days, hopefully, we come and win.”

Mumbai Indians form

Position: 4th of 8

Record:
  • Played: 4
  • Won: 2
  • Lost: 2
  • Net Run Rate: +0.187
Top players
Top Batsman: Rohit Sharma
  • Total runs: 138
  • Average: 34.50
  • High score: 44
Top Bowler: Rahul Chahar
  • Total wickets: 8
  • Total overs: 16
  • Economy: 7.37
  • Best figures: 4/27
"The Indians batting line up still hasn't put up a good score yet. They are lucky to have 2 wins rather than 1"
Arjun Reddy
Head of Indian Cricket Content
Latest stats and trends
  • Mumbai Indians top score so far is 159, they average 135-150, which is not good enough at this level. 
  • Ishan Kishan has been slowing things down with a strike rate of just 94.36, compared to his 145.76 in IPL 2020.
  • Watching the Indians there just seems to be something missing from the team we saw last year. They were very impressive and have almost the same team this year but something isn’t quite happening for them.

Head to head stats

2020 IPL results

  • Match 13: MI won by 48 runs
  • Match 36: PK won in an eliminator

Overall record

Punjab Kings = 12 wins

Mumbai Indians = 14 wins

Match Prediction & Tips

Match Prediction: Punjab Kings to win at 6/4*

The Kings have been very up and down so far, but they have posted some good scores when they have got in. The Mumbai Indians have struggled to post any major scores so far so will be reliant on their bowlers. The quicker bowlers have been less effective on the pitches so far and this leads us to a Kings win.

With Mumbai’s current form we cannot see a reason to back them at 8/13* in this match.

  • Pick 1: Rohit Sharma over 2.5 fours 1/1*

Rohit is very capable of getting this. We were surprised to see such odds on offer for this line. 

  • Pick 2: Under 22.5 runs at the fall of the first wicket 10/11*

This has landed for each team in 5 of their 8 innings batting so far. 

*Odds & Responsible gambling

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