Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians Predictions

PBKS vs MI Betting Tips & Predictions IPL 2021
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Last updated on 27th May 2021

Published: 22/04/2021

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Punjab Kings will look to find their winning rhythm again when they face the defending champions Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League on Friday, April 22.

The match is scheduled for a 7:30 pm IST start at the Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

Get Punjab Kings v Mumbai Indians IPL betting 2021 betting tips and predictions here.

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Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians betting predictions

As part of our free cricket betting tips, you will find the best PBKS vs MI betting tips here.

Even though both the teams have been struggling a fair bit this season, Punjab Kings are in a more distressing situation than Mumbai Indians.

For this reason (along with Mumbai’s superiority in experience, IPL, and players), we are backing MI to win this match.

Bet Odds Site
Match Winner: Mumbai 1.53 Betway
Toss Winner: Mumbai 1.90 10CRIC
PBKS Total Fours: Over 12.5 2.00 Betway
HOT BET!  Suryakumar Yadav to be MI Top Batsman 4.00 10CRIC

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Punjab Kings Team Logo for the IPL match with Mumbai Indians

Punjab Team News

With three back-to-back defeats, Punjab Kings are in a world of trouble right now and they desperately need to reassess their strategy.

After losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 9 wickets owing to a poor batting display, KL Rahul and co. need to plan and possibly tweak their playing XI.

Nicholas Pooran and Chris Gayle have not fired in the past few matches at all, leading many to wonder if it is worth putting them in the playing squad.

PBKS certainly have many good alternatives, especially in the No. 1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan. The likes of Fabian Allen and Moises Henriques also serve as good choices.

As for their bowling, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith are yet to justify their exorbitantly high price tags. At this point, bringing Chris Jordan to bowl would not be the worst thing to do.

All in all, expect a few changes from the last match in this upcoming game.

Likely XI: Agarwal, Rahul, Malan, Allen, Hooda, Henriques, Khan, Jordan, Ashwin, Singh, Shami

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Mumbai Team News

Mumbai Indians have won two and lost two in the four games played so far this season.

The problem with them is not centered around individual players, but rather around the team’s overall form. After enjoying massive success in the last couple of seasons, their form has taken a sharp dip this year.

They haven’t put up as many runs as they would have liked to and have been reliant on their bowling to defend low-scoring totals around the 150-run mark.

Rahul Chahar and Trent Boult have 14 wickets between them and have been a key driving force for MI this year. Within batting, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav and leading the way.

Quentin de Kock, Ishan Kishan, and Kieron Pollard are yet to hit their stride this season but if and when they do, we can expect them to add many more runs on the board too.

Most recently, they lost to Delhi Capitals where once again, they were let down by their batsmen. As a result, for this game, we may see some changes in the top order.

Likely XI: Lynn, Sharma, Yadav, Kishan, Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Neesham, Chahar, Boult, Bumrah. 

Venue & conditions

The last two matches in Chennai have been low-scoring ones with the total not exceeding 150 runs. Prior to that, we saw a high-scoring game between Bangalore and Kolkata.

Bowlers do have a strong ability to call the shots here, giving Mumbai an added advantage. However, if the bowlers are not disciplined, then the batsmen are in for a treat.

Seeing how the pitch is bowler-centric, any total above 160 runs would be an excellent one to defend, especially with dew playing a part in the second innings.

PBKS vs MI Head-to-Head

Mumbai Indians have lead Punjab marginally by 14-12 in the head to head tally. Last season, both the teams won a game each, with their most recent meeting ending in a win for Punjab, thanks to the Super Over rule.

PBKS vs MI H2H IPL 2021 Stats

Toss Winner

Mumbai Indians are way ahead in the toss department, having won the toss an astounding 17 times. Let’s stick to trend and back them to win the toss in this game too.

PBKS vs MI Coin Toss Stats IPL 2021

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
Punjab 9 34.62%
Mumbai 17 65.38%

Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back MI to win @ 1.53 with Betway

Mumbai Indians are bound to start this match as the heavy favourites, especially given the abysmal form of Punjab Kings at the moment.

It is for this reason that all leading sports betting sites are offering huge odds on PBKS to win.

But all of that aside, MI’s probability of winning this match is certainly fairly high. Even though they aren’t clicking well in the batting department, they have got bowling going on for them which is a good sign.

Add to the equation their massive pedigree in the league and phenomenal history, the choice becomes all the more clear.

Meanwhile, Punjab Kings are struggling in batting and bowling. Rahul and Agarwal have been single-handedly putting up runs on the board but when it comes to defending them, their bowlers are going for a toss.

No matter how you put it, MI come out on the top, at least on paper. Punjab would have to pull a rabbit out of the hat (or hope for MI to bungle) to win this match.

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Punjab Total Fours: Over 12.5

Recommended Bet: PBKS Total Fours: Over 12.5 @ 2.00 with Betway

When Punjab’s batsmen are in form, they have no difficulties in finding the boundaries. It is only when they are out of form that they scramble for 4s and 6s.

For them to hit over 12.5 fours is not an impossible or even a difficult feat – it is just their players who need to be confident. Case in point, in their high-scoring games against Rajasthan and Delhi, the Punjab boys hit well over 15 4s.

In this upcoming game, it is reasonable to expect some changes in their batting order; even if not, they will be eager to prove themselves after three consecutive losses.

Today’s PBKS vs MI Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Suryakumar Yadav to be MI Top Batsman  @ 4.0 with 10CRIC

Yadav is currently the second-highest run getting for MI in the IPL 2021 at 121 runs in 4 matches. He has proven to be a reliable player on the team and has contributed with the bat consistently.

The Indian batsman usually comes 1 down and has plenty of time to get some runs on the board. He has been in fine form as well.

Lastly, between him, Sharma, and de Kock, Yadav is available at far more attractive odds.

Punjab vs Mumbai Fun Statistics

  • Dawid Malan retained his ranking as the No. 1 batsman in ICC’s T20I International Rankings
  • Moises Henriques first played in the IPL back in 2009.
  • Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma have together scored over 900 runs against Punjab in the IPL
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