Mumbai Indians' luck in the second phase of the IPL has not favoured them at all. They have continuously lost 3 matches in a row and their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are fainting away eventually. They need a quick bounce back in form to meet their tablemates in the playoffs. On the other hand, Punjab Kings are quite inconsistent with their routine but they are fighting hard to see themselves in the top four. The quality of play Punjab Kings has put off is something exceptional, but luck is not favouring them at all. Mumbai Indians will come out to play match 42 on the back of a comprehensive defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders where they won by 7 wickets. Punjab Kings, on the other hand, clinched a close victory against the bottom-placed side of Sunrisers Hyderabad where they won by a mere 5 runs. While both these teams fight hard for a place in the playoffs, today's IPL match fantasy tips suggest that this would be a cracker of a match.
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Starting XI: Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Keiron Pollard, Trent Boult, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar
Starting XI: Punjab Kings
KL Rahul (C and wk), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Nathan Elis
Match 42: Venue
Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Match 42: Weather Report
The weather in Abu Dhabi seems to settle down eventually with every passing day. With the onset of winter, the match times are cooling down with the temperature lying between 30°C to 33°C on the Matchday. Again, the weather would be moderately humid with no chances of rain. Dry and quick winds would be blowing making it a bit uncomfortable. Become a tipster at Cricbro and get more insights on the weather.
Match 42: Pitch Report
The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi is one that bowlers have a gala time on. It initially shows signs of aiding pace and swing bowling while dry. As the dew settles in, it gives a lot of benefits to the spinners with the moist turn on it. The long boundaries make it even more difficult for batsmen to put up a huge total. Refer to the IPL cricket match tips on match days for more pitch updates and news.
Match 42: Overall Prediction
Both teams would start match 42 with a quest to ensure that their path towards qualifying for the playoffs is easier and smoother. While Mumbai Indians need a quick turnaround and a change of luck, Punjab Kings need to be consistent to make the most out of their firepower. More often than not, they have fumbled in the most important times of a match. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians' middle order has let them down this time as they continue to put up vague shows that are helping the team in no possible way. Cricbro match prediction for today's IPL match predicts that Punjab Kings would emerge victorious in match 42 as they have some kind of a winning mentality which they should carry from the last match. Mumbai Indians can only hope for a miracle or put up excellent hard work to see the match through.
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