Date: 16 April 2022
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
The 26th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will have five-time champions Mumbai Indians up against one of the two new teams this season, Lucknow Super Giants. Mumbai will be desperate for a win having lost all five games they have played this season. Meanwhile, Lucknow will hope to return to winning ways. Notably, the KL Rahul-led team has won three out of five games played, however, MI is yet to register their maiden win in the tournament.
The pitch at Brabourne has been on the higher scoring side. The average first innings total at this venue is over 190. So, batters will enjoy playing on this pitch. Bowlers, especially pacers, will have to be extra cautious with their line and lengths.
The five-time champions are having a tough time in this 15th edition of IPL. They are yet to get a win. Nothing seems to be working for the Rohit Sharma-led team. Their opening pair is also not clicking. Ishan Kishan looks pale after two good innings while captain Sharma is failing to capitalize on the starts, he is getting. Dewald Brevis has shown some promise at No.3 but he is too young to handle that position. Kieron Pollard has also struggled big time. The bowling unit is also not coming together. Barring Jasprit Bumrah, no bowler looks like a match winner. MI management has gone with 2 or 3 overseas options so far. It will be interesting to see if they make a change for Lucknow game.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI
Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi
Lucknow Super Giants:
Lucknow don’t have a lot of things to correct. They just need to sort the batting order. The management made some absurd decisions in their game against Rajasthan which they would like to avoid in the future. With the return of Marcus Stoinis, LSG’s batting lineup has only got better. With KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock opening the innings, Stoinis can walk in at No.3. Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, and Jason Holder make a strong middle and lower-middle order. The bowling lineup is also sound with Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Jason Holder, Ravi Bishnoi, and K Gowtham are also doing their respective jobs.
SportsTiger Playing XI of LSG
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, K Gowtham, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera
MI have struggled to get going this season and they don’t have enough backups to replace misfiring players as well. Meanwhile, LSG have things sorted giving them an edge over MI.
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