The Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant IPL franchise in the history of the competition holding the record for the most IPL championship wins (5). Mumbai played poorly last season and this season has been even worse so far for them. Mumbai like Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have played four games and lost all four.

Mumbai Indians sit in 9th place on the IPL points table and are ahead of CSK due to their superior net run rate. MI get a chance to turn things around on 13 April in Pune when they take on Punjab Kings. Punjab Kings sit in 7th place on the IPL points table having played four games, winning two and losing two.

Punjab, Delhi Capitals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently tied on 4 points each but DC are ahead of Punjab on net run rate. Punjab will be very keen on handing Mumbai their fifth loss in IPL 2022 and climbing up the points table to reach 6 points.

Mumbai Indians know how critical this game is going to be for them as another loss will make it nearly impossible for them to make the playoffs.

We take a look at the betting odds for this game and see what our experts predict.

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MI vs PBKS Odds

Punjab Kings have performed rather poorly in recent IPL history and would have been underdogs against Mumbai in normal circumstances. However, given how poorly Mumbai has performed in this IPL betting season, we are not surprised to see Bet365 give Punjab the favorite tag with odds of 1.80 while Mumbai Indians have odds of 2.00.

Mumbai Indians have made a number of changes to their squad for IPL 2022 but they are still a pretty strong side and their captain Rohit Sharma certainly has a point to prove. We expect Mumbai Indians to come hard at Punjab Kings on April 13 as they have a point to prove.

This isn’t going to be an easy game for Punjab to win and they will have to play great cricket with both the ball and bat to win. Our experts believe that Bet365 has got the IPL odds right for this game as Punjab does have a slight edge even though they are coming off a loss in their last game.

MI vs PBKS Match Prediction

Mumbai Indians need to get a win under their belt to get some confidence going for them in IPL 2022. The best way for them to get a win is to beat Punjab Kings as they are one of the weaker IPL franchises this season. We take a look at what each team must to do win this game.

Choosing The Right Playing XI

The Mumbai Indians are no longer as strong as they used to be after they decided to release Hardik and Krunal Pandya and T Boult. MI have tried to find the perfect playing XI during their last four games but have not been able to find a winning combination.

We believe Mumbai Indians must make a couple of changes. We think they should include D Sams and Fabian Allen for this game.

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Punjab Kings are also trying to find the right playing XI and get their batting order right to be more effective. One of the key areas that Punjab needs to get right is choosing their four overseas players. We think they got to replace Odean Smith with Benny Howell for this game and get Shahrukh Khan to bat higher up the order.

M Agarwal’s Captaincy

If Punjab is going to win this game, M Agarwal will have to be on top of his game as captain. Agarwal is still trying to find his feet as captain of the Punjab Kings as he is new to the job.

His captaincy skills will be under scrutiny especially when Punjab bowls. If Agarwal can get it right in the field, PBKS will have a better chance of winning.

Rohit Sharma’s Batting Form

One of the reasons why Mumbai Indians have played poorly in IPL 2022 is due to the batting form of their captain. Rohit Sharma has not played as well as he can and as a result, a lot of pressure has been put on I Kishan, K Pollard, and the middle-order.

If Sharma gets out early again, Mumbai will once again struggle to win this game.

CSK vs RCB Satta tip

We don’t expect the toss to play a crucial role in determining the result of this game. If Mumbai gets a good start to their batting, they will find it a lot easier to win.

We think Mumbai Indians will bounce back in this one and get a win.

MI vs PBKS Betting Tips 

Here are a few online cricket betting tips for the game:

MI vs PBKS Top Batsman

The three key batters for Mumbai Indians are R Sharma (3.75), I Kishan (3.75), and S Yadav (4) while the three batters likely to make the most runs for Punjab are S Dhawan (3.25), J Bairstow (4.33) and Livingstone (4.33).

MI vs PBKS Top Bowler

Since both sides have rather strong batting line-ups, the bowlers are going to be under a lot of pressure. The three bowlers that can take the most wickets for Mumbai are J Bumrah (2.88), T Mills (3.6), and B Thampi (5). The three most dangerous bowlers for Punjab are KG Rabada (3.25), R Chahar (3.6), and A Singh (4.5).

MI vs PBKS Player of the Match

If Mumbai Indians are going to win, one of these three players need to put their hands up. We got R Sharma (8), S Yadav (11) and J Bumrah (9). If Punjab Kings are going to win, they will need S Dhawan (8), J Bairstow (8), and KG Rabada (11) to fire.

Mumbai Indians vs. Punjab Kings Projected Playing XI

If Mumbai and Punjab end up listening to our experts and make those key changes, their playing XI will be as follows:

Mumbai Indians: R Sharma (C), I Kishan, SKY, T Varma, K Pollard, Daniel Sams, F Allen, M Ashwin, B Thampi, J Bumrah, T Mills.

Punjab Kings: M Agarwal (C), S Dhawan, J Bairstow, L Livingstone, J Sharma, M Shahrukh Khan, B Howell, KG Rabada, R Chahar, A Singh, V Arora.

Mi VS PBKS Head To Head

While Punjab Kings have struggled in most IPL seasons, they have done reasonably well against Mumbai Indians in IPL history. The two sides have played each other 27 times so far and the record is pretty even.

Mumbai Indians have won 14 games and Punjab Kings have won 13 games so far. The last time these two teams played was at IPL 2021 and Punjab Kings got the better of Mumbai Indians.

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