Match 23 - MUM vs PUN Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Ind T20 League 2022
Match 23- MUM vs. PUN
Four defeats in a row and multiple concerns – A perfect scenario for Mumbai to make a comeback and win their 6th Indian T20 League trophy. However, who will do the job for them? The bowling looks dead and their middle order is non-existent. The team allowed Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar leave but their substitutes have failed to impress at all. Punjab on the other hand is doing relatively well but Captain Mayank Agarwal needs to improve his captaincy skill. The changes he’s making are in a way affecting them. For example – Odean Smith didn’t prove himself as a bowler and to give him the last over was a very bad call. It’s true that he didn’t have a lot of choices but he should have kept someone better for the 20th over.
On the other hand, Mumbai has the most successful captain of the Indian T20 League. His captaincy skills are definitely not in question but his batting form surely is. He needs to be the shed and needs to lead by example. He failed to do so as other than Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, no other batter is in form. Tilak Verma chipped in a couple of times but he needs to make a good use of his starts. When it comes to bowling, Bumrah and Tymal Mills are responsible for getting the job done. Murugan Ashwin started the season well but he is nowhere at his best. Thus, there are a lot of problems within the team and Mumbai looks really poor at the moment. Batting is their strength and they need to make it count.
Punjab looks good at the moment. With some luck by their side, the team can finish at a good position this season. Shikhar Dhawan is giving them the much needed start and Liam Livingstone is winning them games with both bat and bowl. The lower middle order however needs to click. It’s been awful to say the least but the team is not making any necessary changes. Talented young cricketers like Raj Bawa and Rishi Dhawan are warming the bench but they deserve to get more opportunities. Coming to bowling, Rahul Chahar has been absolutely fantastic. He along with Rabada is responsible for leading the attack and they did a decent job so far. The team has potential to make it big!
Match: MUM vs. PUN, 23rd Match, Indian T20 League 2022
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association, Pune.
The wicket at the Maharashtra Cricket Association helps the swing bowlers a lot. Since it’s an open stadium, the pacers get some form of advantage. The due will again affect the match and thus the captains will eagerly wait to say, “We are going to bowl first”.
MUM vs. PUN Squads
MUM: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat, Fabian Allen, Anmolpreet Singh, Sanjay Yadav, Riley Meredith, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Tim David, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Rahul Buddhi, Arshad Khan
PUN: Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Benny Howell, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
MUM vs. PUN Probable Playing XIs
MUM: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Ramandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah, Basil Thampi
PUN: Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow(w), Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan/Rishi Dhawan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh
It's high time for Mumbai to get their first win of the season. However, based solely on their form, Punjab are slightly ahead in this match!
Top Fantasy Picks
Suryakumar Yadav is in a rich vein of form. He is finding the meat of the ball and is striking the ball cleanly.
Liam Livingstone is in some form at the moment. His all-round skill has already impressed everyone and he currently is the heartbeat of the team. A must pick for this match.
Jasprit Bumrah is not the only hope but their biggest in this season. The team failed to bag any world class bowler and thus, there are a lot of expectations from Bumrah. He is doing his best and deserves a spot in everyone’s team.
Rahul Chahar is a must pick. The highly experienced spin wizard picked is in good nick and is expected to continue the fine form.
Risky Captaincy Choice
Dewald Brevis looked in fine touch in his first Indian T20 League match. In the last match, he didn’t look good but it’s a risk that you can take.
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