Only one match will be played in IPL today. The match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from 7:30 pm.
While Lucknow has won four matches and remains in the race for the playoffs, Mumbai is on the verge of being knocked out of the Gaonkar tournament in all its seven matches of the season. Before the start of IPL 15, it was difficult to even imagine that five-time winners MI would perform so badly.
Every player of Mumbai will have to contribute
MI vs. LSG: Match Preview
During the auction in Mumbai Indians, the team was not selected with full planning. If Hardik Pandya is not being retained, another all-rounder of his stature should have been picked instead. Mumbai did not even bid for Trent Boult, naturally now Jasprit Bumrah is left alone in the fast bowling department. Mumbai has no better spinner than Rahul Chahar. Captain Rohit Sharma's poor form with the wrong team combination
Since 2018, Rohit's performance in IPL has not been special but other players used to compensate him. This time when the rest of the players are not performing well, Rohit's failure is coming to the fore. In today's match, every player will have to give his 100 percent of it if Mumbai has to maintain even the slightest hope of reaching the playoffs.
Lucknow Super Giants were heavily trolled for their jerseys before the start of the tournament. As captain, KL Rahul had lost his first 4 matches for Team India. His record of him was no better when he captained the Punjab Kings in the IPL for two seasons as well. In such a situation, Lucknow was rejected even before the start of the tournament. But under the mentorship of Gautam Gambhir, this team has performed wonderfully.
During the auction, the Lucknow management roped in youngsters like Ayush Badoni, who can score quick runs in the middle order. After Suresh Raina, KL Rahul has emerged as the new Mr. IPL. This time the difference is that Rahul used to score runs almost alone for Punjab but he is getting full support from the rest of the batsmen of Lucknow Super Giants. In such a situation, there is every possibility of a fierce competition even today.
MI vs. LSG: Probable XI
LSG Probable XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
IM Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin/Hrithik Shokeen, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah