IPL 2022 – What can the Mumbai Indians do to win their game against the Punjab Kings
MI’s IPL 2022 campaign got off to a rocky start. Both with the bat and the ball, the blue and gold army has been uneasy and clueless thus far. MI has used a total of 15 players in their first four matches, which is joint second-most in the campaign.
Indeed, in their most recent game against RCB, the management stunned everyone by fielding only two foreign players. Overall, following the 2015 season, MI has lost the first four games of the tournament in a row. They will face the Punjab Kings in their next match, and the moment has arrived for the five-time champions to replicate their 2015 success.
The games are coming thick and fast and most of the teams have a nice haul of points and Mumbai will need to go on a winning run and in this article, we are goign to talk about what the Mumbai Indians can do to win their game against the Punjab Kings.
Number 3. Play with five bowlers
PBKS’s powerful batting in the IPL 2022 has garnered commendable attention. Their top four, which includes Jonny Bairstow, are unquestionably behemoths who thrive on scoring quickly. Additionally, Livingstone’s blistering form has enabled Punjab to amass mammoth totals. That is why, despite MI’s awful bowling, they must play with five quality bowlers.
In this circumstance, Mumbai may omit Basil Thampi and replace him with Riley Meredith, who is known for his lightning speed. The Aussie has the ability to shock the PBKS batsmen in the same way that Umesh Yadav did for KKR. Additionally, Tymal Mills can make a great comeback in lieu of Ramandeep. Thus far, the England bowler has been MI’s leading wicket-taker and might continue to do so. Mills has scalped major names such as Andre Russell, Rishabh Pant, and Devdutt Padikkal, particularly in the middle overs.
In general, such adjustments enable MI to fully exploit its gun pacers. Bumrah, Meredith, and Mills, in particular, are the three quicks capable of challenging PBKS’s herculean hitting. Additionally, the trio is well-equipped to defend themselves on flat fields with yorkers and variations. If the wickets are two-paced, this bowling line-up will have to restrict the Kings to a manageable score.
Number 2. Bring in Suryakumar Yadav at No.3
Suryakumar Yadav has been MI’s top batter after his injury comeback. Surya has two blazing fifties and has even batted to the end at number four. Indeed, the cricketer was undefeated on 68 runs against RCB. However, with MI averaging the lowest run rate (6.75) during the 7-16 overs stage, Sky should be promoted to third.
Against PBKS, the MI squad may anticipate either chasing a large total or setting a sizable objective. In comparison to MI, Punjab, along with RR, has accelerated the most in the middle overs. Dhawan, Livingstone, and Rajapaksa have all taken the opposition’s bowling to the cleaners. Additionally, Mumbai’s two openers had a cautious start in the power play against RCB. However, with Sky in charge of the intermediate overs, the batting innings can be accelerated at any point in time.
Surya is the best batter who should face the most deliveries overall, since MI has lacked continuity in their batting department. Overall, the 31-year-old has appeared to be the most relaxed batsman on Pune’s two-paced pitches.
Number 1. Replace Kieron Pollard with Tim David
If MI plays with five real bowlers, the management would want to have six legitimate hitters as well. If Suryakumar Yadav is promoted to third, Tim David may easily replace Kieron Pollard. Additionally, David can bat in either the fifth or sixth position as a genuine bottom middle-order batsman.
Apart from this, the Mumbai batting order will also be circumspect in the middle overs. Additionally, they will square up against Punjab’s greatest bowler, Rahul Chahar. The former MI leg-spinner has been the PBKS camp’s biggest wicket-taker. Thus far, the 22-year-old has also made critical game-changing discoveries.
Tim David also has stronger credentials when it comes to debunking spin. Since April 2019, the hitter has averaged around 152 in T20s against spinners. David can tonk massive sixes in the stands comprehensively, even against the dreary bowling of Odean Smith. Mumbai will be aiming to win their first IPL match against Punjab in 2022.