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IPL 2021, MI v PBKS: KL Rahul wins toss, opts to bowl first

Chennai: The match number 17th will be played between Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday night.

“We were going to bat first anyway. While batting first in our games we have understood how to bat as a group. We have made mistakes but we hope we can put everything to rest tonight”, Rohit said after the toss.

Rahul says, I think we lacked cricket smartness in the last game. When we lost early wickets the middle order should have realized that it wasn’t a 170 wicket. We need to learn from that.

For Punjab, middle order has struggled and Chris Gayle has not shown good game in three successive innings. Meanwhile, despite KL Rahul’s strike rate is good and it’s time to wake up as a skipper to take his time at the crease and lead the way with sensible batting while Shahrukh Khan’s familiarity with the conditions and his promising knocks so far. 

Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will be concerned about how their middle order has stay in the slow conditions. Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers have struggled with the pitch, and like Punjab, Mumbai too suffered a collapse in the last match. A run-rate of 7.7 in the death overs with 7.1 balls per boundary this season – as compared to the run-rate of 12.43 and 3.4 balls for a boundary in IPL 2020.


Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult

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Punjab Kings (Playing XI): KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

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