The Punjab team will take on the Mumbai team in the 45th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday, 3rd May. Punjab are having a good campaign, while Mumbai are having a moderate outing this season so far. Punjab registered five wins and suffered defeat in four games and Mumbai, on the other hand, won four matches and lost as many games. Punjab’s latest result was a victory against Chennai, while Mumbai defeated Rajasthan in their previous outing.

Punjab and Mumbai will lock horns with each other for the second time in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. In their previous encounter, Punjab registered a 13-run win over Mumbai. Punjab and Mumbai have faced off against each other 30 times in the history of the Indian Playerzpot League, with both sides winning on 15 occasions each. In the league standings, Punjab is currently in the sixth position with 10 points after nine games and Mumbai is in the seventh place with 8 points after eight games. The upcoming match is expected to be exciting as Punjab and Mumbai will look to continue their winning ways.

Players to watch out for

#1 S. Dhawan (Punjab): S. Dhawan played the last two matches for Punjab after missing out on three games due to a shoulder injury. However, the 37-year-old was struggling to find his rhythm as he scored 1 and 28 against Lucknow and Chennai respectively. Dhawan is currently the leading run-scorer for Punjab, aggregating 262 runs, including fifties, at an average of 65.50 and a strike rate of 148.86 in six matches so far. His highest score of the season came against Hyderabad, scoring an unbeaten 99 off 66 balls. S. Dhawan will look to get back to his original form in the upcoming match against Mumbai. The Punjab captain is an attacking batter who can pile runs in the powerplay and accelerate the innings at death. His unorthodox style of play can make him a potent threat to Mumbai’s bowling line-up.

#2 T David (Mumbai): T David was one of the star performers in the previous match against Rajasthan, playing a match-winning knock of 45 off 14 balls at an astounding strike rate of 321.43 while chasing the target of 213. In the final over, David smashed three consecutive sixes to pull off the chase. His ability to remain calm under pressure was on display. The 25-year-old has been one of the impactful players for Mumbai this season. David has scored 158 runs at an average of 39.50 and a strike rate of 169.69 in 8 matches so far. David is a hard hitter who makes the best use of his height to smash long sixes. David can pile runs in the middle order and accelerate when needed. T David will look to make an impact in the upcoming match against Punjab.

#3 S Curran (Punjab): S Curran has been performing well in the ongoing edition of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 24-year-old led the team in three matches in the absence of regular skipper S Dhawan. This season, Curran has scored 192 runs, including a half-century, at an average of 27.43 and a strike rate of 143.28 and scalped seven wickets at an economy rate of 9.55 in nine matches so far. His highest individual score of the season came against Mumbai (55) and his best bowling figures of 3/31 came against Lucknow. Curran is a reliable all-rounder in this edition of the tournament who can deliver his best with bat and ball. He can play good knocks in the middle order and take wickets in the middle as well as in the death overs.

#4 S Yadav (Mumbai): S Yadav seems to have found his rhythm in the last few matches after kickstarting the season with a few poor outings. In the previous match against Rajasthan, S Yadav played a brilliant knock of 55 off 29 balls, comprising 8 fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 189.66. This season, the 32-year-old has scored 201 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 25.13 and a strike rate of 176.32 in 8 matches so far. S Yadav’s return to form is indeed a big positive for Mumbai, given that the team is fighting for a spot in the playoffs. S Yadav has been one of the reliable batters for Mumbai over the last few seasons and will look to continue to make an impact in the upcoming match against Punjab.

Predicted Playing XI

Punjab: S. Dhawan, P Singh, A Taide, L Livingstone, S Curran, J Sharma, S Khan, S Raza, K Rabada, R Chahar, A Singh,

Mumbai: R Sharma, I Kishan, C Green, S Yadav, T Verma, T David, J Archer, P Chawla, K Karthikeya, R Meredith, A Khan,

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: J Sharma

Batters: S Dhawan, R Sharma, S Yadav, T David

All-rounders: S Curran, C Green,

Bowlers: K Rabada, P Chawla, R Meredith, A Singh,

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