There is only one game in the Indian Premier League (IPL) lineup for this Sunday but what a fixture it could potentially be. Lucknow and Mumbai will lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium on what happens to be Sachin Tendulkar's 49th birthday and Mumbai would be desperate to get a win under their belt and have at least a couple of points to their credit.
Lucknow, meanwhile, are in the top four of the points table currently with 4 wins and 3 defeats and would want to continue their impressive start as things could quickly change - such is the nature of the competition.
Ahead of the tussle between the two sides, here is a stat-based prediction of what could happen in this fixture.
1. Toss Prediction
Lucknow have won 4 out of their 7 tosses in this season. Meanwhile, Mumbai have won 3 out of 7 tosses this season. So based on that stat, predicting Lucknow to win the toss ahead of this fixture.
2. Win Possibility
Since this is the first season for Lucknow in the IPL, there is no head-to-head record for their encounter against Mumbai other than the reverse fixture earlier in the season. On that occasion, Lucknow had defeated Mumbai. On current form, Lucknow have 4 out of 7 wins which comes down to 57.14 win percentage.
On the other hand, Mumbai have nothing to show against their name in the wins column and hence have a 0 win percentage in the ongoing season. Going by that stat and what happened the last time these two teams met, Lucknow are predicted to win this game.
3. Team of the Day
Given the way both teams have played so far in the tournament, the team of the day has to be Lucknow. Mumbai have looked a pale shadow of the champion side that one has come to associate with them.
4. Powerplay Score
The average powerplay score at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2022 has been 44.4. Mumbai's top-order hasn't fired and both openers were dismissed for a duck in their previous match. So they are predicted to score less than 45 in the first six overs.
Lucknow, meanwhile have KL Rahul at the top of the order who scored a hundred against Mumbai in the previous outing. His partner is Quinton de Kock who too can be a runaway match-winner and has had a few good starts. So Lucknow should be able to score more than 45 in the first six overs.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings total at this venue in IPL 2022 has been 167.28. Meanwhile, the average second innings total at this stadium in this season of the cash-rich tournament is 164.28.
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