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Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians Predictions & Tips - Sharma can pile misery on Punjab Kings
- Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians predictions for Friday’s IPL cricket match
- The fixture will be played in Chennai at 15:00 BST
- Rohit Sharma has scored over 24.5 runs in his last 3 matches
- I am backing Rohit Sharma to score over 24.5 runs
- Predictions, stats, team news & preview
Mumbai Indians have won two of their last three IPL matches (Getty Images)
Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians Predictions
Rohit Sharma has been consistent for the Mumbai Indians without scoring big just yet. He could explode in Chennai on Friday so my best bet is for him to score over 24.5 runs.
- Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul has scored 91 & 61 runs in 2 of his last 4 matches.
- Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul was the top run scorer in the 2020 IPL.
- Punjab Kings have lost their last 3 matches.
- Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma has scored 43, 32 & 44 runs in his last 3 matches.
- Mumbai Indians’ have won 2 of their last 3 matches.
Head to Head
The Mumbai Indians have won three of their last five matches against the Punjab Kings. They last met in the 2020 IPL where the Punjab Kings won in the Super Over after the match was tied.
Punjab Kings Form
The Punjab Kings are bottom of the Indian Premier League table with just one win in their opening four matches. Batting has proven to be the Kings strength in recent seasons but they have collapsed twice in their last three outings.
In their last match the Punjab Kings lost by nine wickets to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Chennai. Batting first the Kings could only manage 120 runs as Mayank Agarwal top scored with 22 runs.
It would seem the Kings are too reliant on KL Rahul who has scored 61 and 91 runs in two of his last four matches. But when he has failed the Kings have not scored enough runs.
The Sunrisers cruised home for the loss of just one wicket with eight balls to spare. The Punjab Kings will need a quick turnaround in form if they are to keep themselves in the hunt.
Punjab Kings Injuries & Team News
Other than KL Rahul no batsman has managed consistent runs. They must surely be looking at dropping Chris Gayle or Nicholas Pooran who has three ducks in four matches.
Dawid Malan is an option with a superb T20 record. He was recently ranked as the no.1 T20 batsman in the world.
Mumbai Indians Form
The Mumbai Indians have had a shaky start to their season as they look to defend the title they won last year. They have two wins from their opening four matches and lost by six wickets to the Delhi Capitals last time out.
Rohit Sharma scored 44 runs in the Mumbai Indians total of 137 after electing to bat first in Chennai. The Capitals had minimal trouble chasing the score down to win it by six wickets with five balls to spare.
Trent Boult will be happy with his bowling effort despite not taking a wicket. He bowled his four overs for just 23 runs, an excellent effort on a dry pitch.
Mumbai Indians Injuries & Team News
There must be considerations to bring Chris Lynn back into the side. He top scored in the IPL opener but has not seen any action since while Quinton de Kock has failed to find any consistent form.
Marco Jansen is another one who will be hoping for another opportunity while allrounder James Neesham is sure to get a run soon.
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Rohit Sharma's consistency deserves to be backed in the over/under runs market. He is also tipped to top score for the Mumbai Indians and in so doing win the man of the match award.
For the Punjab Kings, they seem to live and die by KL Rahul's performance. The exciting right-hander is backed to top score for the Kings.
Best Bet: Sharma Over 24.5 Runs Over/Under Runs @-120.48 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Punjab Kings Batsman Tip: KL Rahul Best Punjab Kings Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Mumbai Indians Batsman Tip: Rohit Sharma Best Mumbai Indians Batsman @250.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Rohit Sharma Man of the Match @700.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit