Punjab elect to bowl against Mumbai, Murugan Ashwin replaces Varun Chakravarthy

Mumbai have retained the same playing XI which beat Bangalore in their previous game.

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R Ashwin has won the toss and Punjab have elected to bowl against Mumbai. @BCCI

R Ashwin has won the toss and Punjab have elected to bowl against Mumbai in the ninth game of Indian T20 League 2019 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. (Punjab vs Mumbai: FOLLOW LATEST UPDATES)

Punjab have made one change to their playing XI which played against Kolkata as Murugan Ashwin replaces Varun Chakravarthy. Mumbai, meanwhile, have retained the same team which beat Virat Kohli-led Bangalore side in their previous game.

Ashwin said that his team wanted to make use of the easier batting conditions in the second half of the match.

“We will be bowling first. We want to make conditions in the daylight and make use of the easier batting conditions later on when there could be some grease. We did win our games last time although it were just three matches, we also won the day game last season. So it’s looking good,” said Ashwin.

Punjab are coming in this game on the back of a -run defeat against Kolkata. The R Ashwin-led side though will be keen to register a win in their first home game of this season.

Mumbai, meanwhile, will be keen to have an encore of their previous game against Bangalore and dash Ashwin and Co. plans to win at home.

It is a win-win for both the teams after the toss as Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said his team would have batted first if they had won the toss.

“We would have batted first anyway, so not really fussed. Having said that, we need to play good cricket. We were able to win our last game due to the bowling we had and it’s about putting enough runs on the board for them,” said Rohit before adding, that Mumbai is playing the same XI.


Punjab: KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye

Mumbai: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkepper), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga,

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