Match Preview: Gujarat Lions v Mumbai Indians - IPL 2017
April 29, 2017, 08.00pm local time (02:30pm GMT)
A minor hiccup has halted the tremendous run of form the Mumbai Indians (MI) were having and they will be hoping that the Gujarat Lions (GL) don’t cause any further mishaps.
Brendon McCullum’s 100th game in the IPL found the Lions cantering to victory thanks to a rapid-fire half century from Aaron Finch. An unsettled batting position for Finch has not paid dividends for the Lions and he will be hoping for a longer run at number four. The decision to bring back James Faulkner instead of Dwayne Smith certainly bolstered their bowling even though Faulkner just picked up one wicket late in the innings in the last game. The Rajkot wicket should however help Faulkner and AJ Tye with their slower balls.
Mumbai squandered their chase in the last game in what was a rare failure on behalf of their batsmen. The inclusion of Mitchell Johnson to the playing XI has certainly made things easier for Mitchell McClenaghan and the duo have complemented each other quite well. Even though Ambati Rayudu has declared himself fit, he might only be able to break into the eleven should Krunal Pandya not pass the fitness test scheduled for him before the game.
In spite of their loss, the Mumbai Indians appear to be the better balanced and more experienced side of the two. However, Gujarat do have the resources to derail any team from their path and will be looking to get themselves into the contention for the playoffs.
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MI – LWWWW
Expect GL to go in with an unchanged XI
GL- 1 Ishan Kishan, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Suresh Raina (c), 4 Aaron Finch, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 James Faulkner, 8 AJ Tye, 9 Basil Thampi, 10 Nathu Singh, 11 Ankit Soni
Krunal Pandya should return subject to fitness. If not, Ambati Rayudu should take the place of Karn Sharma.
MI– 1 Jos Buttler, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Rohit Sharma (c), 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya/ Ambati Rayudu/ Karn Sharma, 8 Harbhajan Singh, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Mitchell Johnson, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
• Suresh Raina has scored 300 plus runs in all ten editions of the IPL so far
• Hardik Pandya’s strike rate of 179.72 is the highest among all players who have scored 100 or more runs this season
• Aaron Finch’s 22 ball fifty against RCB was the second fastest fifty of this edition
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