MIvsLSG: Krunal or Rohit Sharma in the race for the final, who will win in the battle of do or die
In the Indian Premier League, on May 24, a very important match will be played between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians. This match will be a do or die situation for both the teams. Both the teams will face each other for the first time at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
Now a very exciting battle is going to be seen to make it to the finals of IPL-2023. An IPL eliminator match will be played here on Wednesday, May 24, in which Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians will have a do or die situation. This match is going to be very important for both the teams, because the IPL journey of the losing team will end today itself. In such a situation, both the teams will make every effort to go to Qualifier 2 by winning today’s match to claim the IPL trophy.
Both Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians will be facing each other for the first time at this ground. Though both the teams have played at Chepauk. While Lucknow is playing its second season, Mumbai Indians is a five-time champion team. Let us tell you that the batsman of Mumbai Indians, captained by Rohit Sharma, is currently in strong form. Everyone’s confidence is on the seventh sky. Last season, the Mumbai team was at the lowest level, after which this time the team has shown a great game. This time the team has also been successful in making it to the playoffs. This time Mumbai Indians will compete with Lucknow Super Giants. Lucknow Super Giants clearly have the upper hand in these matches. Matches have been played three times between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians, in which Lucknow Super Giants have won each match.
On one side is the five-time champions Mumbai Indians, whose batsmen have made it to the play-offs thanks to the return of form, the Mumbai Indians team will take on the Lucknow Supergiants in the Eliminator here on Wednesday with increased confidence. The Mumbai team finished last in the last Indian Premier League season, after which the team made a comeback in the current season and made it to the play-offs. It is noteworthy that Gujarat Titans defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last league match to ensure Mumbai’s place in the play-offs and the Rohit Sharma-led team is now eyeing its sixth IPL title.
On the other hand, in front of him is the team of Lucknow Super Giants, who did not let their spirits weaken even after their regular captain KL Rahul was out of the tournament and ensured their place till the playoffs under the leadership of Krunal Pandya. The Supergiants had suffered a defeat against RCB in the Eliminator last season and this time the team would like to build on it. The balance of the team remains intact despite the absence of regular captain Lokesh Rahul and Krunal Pandya has used the available options very well and will be expected to maintain the momentum against the most successful team of IPL.
Mumbai batsman in form
Mumbai’s last league match was against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21 May. In this match, Australian all-rounder Cameron Green scored a brilliant century, due to which Mumbai won and the doors of the playoffs were open for him. Currently Suryakumar Yadav (511 runs, one century, four half-centuries), opener Ishan Kishan (439), Green (381) and captain Rohit Sharma (313) are also in excellent form. In such a situation, the bowlers of Lucknow Super Giants will be eyeing these fast batsmen.
Significantly, the batsmen of Mumbai Indians have achieved a strong rhythm after losing the opening match. On the other hand, it is not going to be easy for the Supergiants bowlers to face the Mumbai batsmen. Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who is the team’s most successful bowler with 16 wickets in 14 matches, will have to play a big role if Lucknow Supergiants have to contain the Mumbai batsmen. Bowlers like Naveen-ul-Haq, Avesh Khan, Krunal and the experienced Amit Mishra will also have to contribute more.
Mumbai Indians had to face defeat in the league stage against Chennai Super Kings due to the failure of the batsmen here. Apart from this, Mumbai’s fast bowling attack is also weak in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer, which the Supergiants would like to take advantage of. Despite Rahul’s absence, the Supergiants’ batsmen have put in an impressive performance. Marcus Stoinis (368 runs in 14 matches) looked in fine touch in the second leg while West Indian pair of Kyle Myers (361) and Nicholas Pooran (358) also played useful innings. His performance on the possibly slow Chepauk pitch will be crucial to the team’s success. In bowling, Mumbai will have high hopes from experienced Piyush Chawla, who is the team’s most successful bowler so far with 20 wickets. Jason Behrendorff (14 wickets) has also impressed when given the responsibility.
Teams are as follows:
Lucknow Supergiants: Krunal Pandya (Captain), Ayush Badoni, Karn Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton Dickock, Marcus Stoinis, Krishnappa Gautam, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Myers, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Nicholas Pooran, Yash Thakur , Romario Shepherd, Daniel Sams, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yudhveer Charak and Karun Nair.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Jordan, Arshad Khan, Jason Behrendorff, Dewald Brewis, Piyush Chawla, Tim Davids, Raghav Goel, Cameron Green, Ishan Kishan, Duane Jansen, Kumar Karthikeya, Akash Madhwal, Riley Meredith, Shams Mulani, Ramandeep Singh , Sandeep Warrier, Hrithik Shokeen, Tristan Stubbs, Arjun Tendulkar, Tilak Verma, Vishnu Vinod, Nehal Wadhera and Suryakumar Yadav. Time: The match will start at 7.30 PM.
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