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The games keep coming in the 2023 IPL and Thursday’s second contest sees Mumbai Indians travel to Mohali to take on Punjab Kings. A close match is expected by the bookies with Punjab Kings at 1/1 (2.00) with Mumbai Indians favourites at 4/5 (1.80).
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians, Match 46
- May 3, 2023 – 15:00 AM GMT
- IS Bindra Stadium
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
With 458 runs hit in the last IPL game at this venue, we could be in for another entertaining evening on Wednesday. Expect pace in the surface but not a great deal of turn for the spinners.
With rain expected throughout the earlier part of Wednesday in Mohali, the forecast is for dry conditions during the game. The temperature will be no higher than 24 degrees but the humidity levels will be high.
Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians – Match Predictions
Both teams have genuine aspirations to win the 2023 IPL but have not quite managed to hit top gear on a regular basis yet. We expect Punjab Kings to make things very hard for Mumbai Indians but we are backing the visitors, with their strong and long batting line-up to come away with the victory.
Earlier in the tournament, Suryakumar Yadav looked a pale imitation of the player who has dominated T20I cricket for the last two years. But the good news for all cricket watchers is that he is back and finding the fence on a regular basis. Tim David has relished his role as ‘finisher’ for Mumbai Indians and he knows no other method than to aim for the supporters on the full in the final overs. Even against a team with Liam Livingstone in, we expect Mumbai Indians to hit the most sixes.
Our prediction: Mumbai Indians to hit most sixes in the match at 4/6 (1.67).
With 15 wickets from nine appearances in this year’s tournament, and still proudly yet to go wicketless, Arshdeep Singh is the biggest threat with the ball for Punjab Kings. He can pick up wickets at the top of the innings or late on and is famous for nailing his yorker length deliveries. He is averaging a wicket every 13.20 balls and has 55 dismissals across his IPL career.
Our prediction: Arshdeep Singh to be Punjab Kings’ highest wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Although Arshdeep Singh is producing the goods on a very consistent basis this year, and Tim David along with Cameron Green are in excellent form for Mumbai Indians, we can not look beyond Suryakumar Yadav as the standout player in this game. He is back playing with confidence and is a player who bowlers genuinely fear! From ball one he will look to entertain and hit the ball into the crowd.
Our prediction: Suryakumar Yadav to be the Man of the Match at 9/1 (10.00).
Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians Preview
Although this is 6th v 7th, a win for Punjab Kings will see them go level on points with the teams at the top of the table whereas Mumbai Indians can go two points from the summit.
Now that Punjab Kings have Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone in the same team, hopes are high that they can start to post even higher and more consistent totals. Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh have formed a formidable partnership with the ball.
Predicted XI: Prabshimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma (wk), M Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
With Jofra Archer back in the team and taking wickets, Mumbai Indians could actually be well placed for a tilt at the title. Most observers have lamented their lack of a cutting edge with the ball to compliment their batting strength.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma. Tim David, Piyush Chawla, Jofra Archer, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith, Arshad Khan
How to Watch IPL 2023 in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
The coverage of the 2023 IPL is second to none with fantastic insights and observations from the commentary team. You can watch every ball on Sky Sports Cricket or stream the action via Sky Go.
- Sky Sports Cricket (TV)
- Sky Go (Streaming)
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