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The match no. 31 of IPL 2023 will witness Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) going head to head at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The match will take place on Saturday, April 22. MI head into the match as favourites with 8/11 (1.72) odds whereas PBKS have greater odds of 21/20 (2.05).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings (MI vs PBKS), Match 31
- April 22, 2023 – 2 PM GMT
- Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The Wankhede Stadium is one of the best grounds in the country for batting. Fast bowlers do get some assistance, especially with the new ball. A total of 57 league matches have been played here since 2017 with the average batting first score of 171.
The weather in Mumbai is likely to be clear with no cloud cover. There’s no threat of rain while the temperature hovers around 29°C.
MI vs PBKS – Match Predictions
Punjab Kings have won three out of the previous five clashes between these two teams. However, they are currently battling several injury issues and have a vulnerable batting unit. Mumbai Indians lack quality in the bowling department but they’re coming off some good form.
Mumbai to hit most sixes
Arshdeep to be Punjab's Top Bowler
Mumbai Indians have Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Tim David, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma and Cameron Green. MI have struck 44 sixes in five games while Punjab Kings have hit 43 in six matches.
Our prediction: Mumbai Indians to hit most sixes in the match at 8/13 (1.61).
Arshdeep Singh has done a good job for Punjab Kings in IPL 2023, picking nine wickets from six games. Back him to be PBKS’ top wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75). Piyush Chawla has taken seven wickets in five innings at 7.15 economy. Chawla is a good bet to be the top bowler for MI at 11/4 (3.75).
Our prediction: Arshdeep Singh to be Mumbai Indians’ highest wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Rohit Sharma has scored 135 runs from five innings at a strike rate of 136, including a fifty. Back Rohit to be the player of the match at 8/1 (9.00). Other good betting options include Ishan Kishan, Tilak Verma, Jason Behrendorff, Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone.
Our prediction: Rohit Sharma to be the Man of the Match at 8/1 (9.00).
MI vs PBKS Preview
Both MI and PBKS have six points to their credit and would be hoping to get moving on a table that’s very tight. Let’s take a look at two teams ahead of their match on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma’s MI lost their first two games but then claimed three back to back victories. They have a net run-rate of -0.164. Most recently, they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs on the back of Cameron Green and Tilak Verma’s performance.
Jofra Archer’s fitness status and when he will take the field remains unclear. Kumar Kartikeya could finally start ahead of Hrithik Shokeen after a series of average outings from the latter.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Cameron Green, Nehal Wadhera, Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya/Jason Behrendorff, Riley Meredith
Punjab Kings have won three games and lost as many. They have a net run-rate of -0.298. In their previous game, PBKS lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs on Thursday.
Liam Livingstone made his much awaited return from injury in the previous game. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa did not play on Thursday but they could return for this game.
Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For the UK fans, the television rights of IPL 2023 belong to Sky Sports Cricket. You can also access the DAZN application for online streaming.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- DAZN (Streaming)
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