Punjab Kings started their IPL 2021 campaign with a win but since then have lost three straight and currently dwell the bottom of the points table. It’s not possible to blame any one facet of their game. In two of their four matches, their batting has failed completely, giving their bowlers very little to work with and defend. On the other two occasions, the batsmen did their part, only for the bowlers to have off nights.
In their last match, they were bundled out for just 120 runs by Sunrisers Hyderabad and ended up losing the match by nine wickets.
Captain KL Rahul was out early, and whenever that happens, the rest of the Punjab batting just collapses. The same happened in that game. While top order’s contribution is crucial for any team, what should worry more for Punjab are the continued failures of their middle to lower order. It appears that if their top four don’t produce, the remaining seven of their batsmen won’t even put up a fight.
Mumbai Kings’ batting has not warmed up yet and it was again evident in their defeat to Delhi Capitals during the midweek. Rohit Sharma and several others got starts but were not capable of converting into something substantial.
A score of 137 was never going to be enough and it wasn’t. Mumbai now have two wins and two defeats in as many matches and should now be keen to get serious.
They still have Rohit Sharma at the top and have won too much to not be too worried by their early season slump.