Mumbai Indians are on a high after winning four matches on the trot. After losing their first match against Rising Pune Supergiant, the two-time champions have made a brilliant comeback and four wins out of five has helped them to retain the second position on the table.
They are currently below Kolkata Knight Riders, who're ahead thanks to a better Net Run Rate. They take on a Punjab side which looks rejuvenated.
Let's take a look at the Probable XI of the Mumbai Indians side.
Openers: Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel
The Englishman has given Mumbai excellent starts with the bat all through this season and has been aggressive as well. He has used innovation to a great extent which has left bowlers clueless. His opening partner Parthiv Patel is not behind as the southpaw has been in great nick with the bat. With another wicket-keeping position for the Champions Trophy up for grabs, Patel is surely making a case for himself. Barring the golden duck against Gujarat in the last match, Patel has been a consistent performer for the Mumbai Indians.
Top Order: Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya
Rohit Sharma finally found some touch with the bat as the Mumbaikar scored 40 runs off just 29 deliveries, a knock which broke his inability to find the boundary streak. The skipper has led the side admirably and is now regaining his confidence with the bat.
"I'm just going to try and play my natural game." – Nitish Ranaâ€‹
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 17, 2017
Nitish Rana has been a revelation. The left-hander has been in exceptional form and is one of the main reasons behind Mumbai Indians' success in this tournament. He has scored 193 runs in 5 matches at an average of 38.6 and scores them at a quick rate as well. He was awarded the Man of the Match for his half-century against Gujarat.
Krunal Pandya hasn't had much to do with the bat this season. He has been good whenever called upon. With the ball, he has been quite economical and his breakthroughs have come at crucial junctures.
Middle Order: Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya
— HT Sports (@HTSportsNews) April 16, 2017
A rejuvenated Kieron Pollard has been indestructible. The West Indian has been in top form with the bat and has played magnificently well in the last three matches. He single-handedly helped Mumbai Indians get over the line against Royal Challengers Bengaluru and played another match-winning knock against Gujarat Lions.
Hardik Pandya's batting has improved notches when compared to the last season. His cameos have helped Mumbai Indians to a great cause and just like his elder sibling, he has played well when needed.
Bowlers: Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah
Harbhajan Singh has been economical this season and his bowling has vastly helped Mumbai Indians in restricting the flow of runs. He has bowled magnificently with the new ball and the semi-new ball. Though he has been short on the wickets column, expect him to be back in it real soon.
The pace battery of McClenaghan, Malinga and Bumrah has been exceptional. Despite one of them getting the stick going for runs, Mumbai Indians backroom staff is pretty impressed with the way how their bowlers have performed. Barring the last match, where McClenaghan was the only pacer not to go for runs, Mumbai Indians' pacers have done a reasonably good job in the death overs and also have picked up wickets up at the top.