Sunday, 16 April 2017

Match 16: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Gujarat Lions (GL) : Friday 16/04/2017 IPL 2017 Match Prediction

Match 16: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Gujarat Lions (GL): Friday 16/04/2017 IPL 2017 Match Prediction as Per VIVO IPL 2017 Schedule

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Mumbai Indians: Strengths

Pollard’s back in form – Mumbai Indians were struggling at 7/4 against Royal Challengers Bangalore the other day and it was the big West Indian Kieron Pollard who fought back and played a match-winning knock to get the Mumbai Indians over the line in the run chase.

Pandya brothers’ all-round contribution – Hardik and Krunal – both brothers have come up with exceptional performances in Mumbai’s wins in IPL 2017. Krunal got AB de Villiers’ wicket and stitched in a crucial partnership along with Pollard against RCB and the two brothers were at the crease when Mumbai Indians hit those winning runs against Virat’s Challengers. In fact, they have become a pivotal part of MI in the past two seasons and have proved to be match winners in their own way.

Mumbai Indians: Weakness

Rohit Sharma’s poor run in season 10 – MI skipper Rohit Sharma hasn’t been able to get into double digits so far in IPL 2017. Mumbai have won three out of four games but their skipper is struggling big time. Rohit Sharma is considered India’s best opener, so the opening slot is the best position for the Hitman. Going ahead, Rohit should open for MI so that he gets back his lost touch.

Mumbai Indians (Probable XI) – Jos Buttler, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

Gujarat Lions: Strengths

Top order firing – Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum opened against Rising Pune Supergiant and were at their destructive best. Both of them struck plenty of meaty blows in Gujarat’s run chase and put the opponents on the back foot with their aggressive hitting. At the same time, Suresh Raina has been consistent with the bat and is scoring runs for his team on a regular basis. The skipper is leading by example and Gujarat Lions seem to have found a settled batting unit with Baz and Smith as the two openers.

Andrew Tye’s brilliant debut – The Australian T20 specialist bowled a special spell and bagged a 5-wicket haul on his IPL debut against Pune. Also, his 5-for included a hat-trick that helped Gujarat restrict its opposition to a relatively lesser total than expected. AJ Tye will play a crucial role for the Lions for the rest of the season looking at his heroics on debut.

Gujarat Lions: Weakness

Unsettled bowling unit – Apart from Andrew Tye, none of the Lions bowlers have been up to the mark this year. They have gone for plenty and Gujarat need to get this problem sorted before it gets too late. Their batting is a packed with power hitters, just that their bowling needs to improve and complement their lethal batsmen. Hopefully, their bowling unit gets settled with the arrival of Andrew Tye.

Gujarat Lions (Probable XI) – Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Andre Tye, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Shadab Jakati.

Here is what Crictracker predicts for the game:

Scenario 1: MI will win the toss

Toss Prediction: MI choose to bowl

First innings prediction: 175-180

2nd innings Prediction: MI will win by 6 wickets (with an over to spare)

Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Gujarat Lions (GL)

Scenario 2: GL will win the toss

Toss Prediction: GL choose to bowl

First innings Prediction: 200-210

2nd innings Prediction: MI win by 55 runs

Despite Gujarat Lions winning both their previous encounters against Mumbai Indians, the home team looks a more settled unit and is undoubtedly the clear favorites for tomorrow’s clash. The home team will look to set their record against Gujarat Lions straight while the visitors will look to keep up their good work against the Mumbai Indians.

Playing Combinations

Mumbai Indians

The home team will definitely come to all guns blazing and is expected to retain their XI from the previous game. The only replacement might be that of LasithMalinga in place of Tim Southee. If fit Malinga walks into the XI any day so Southee is expected to sit out. The rest of the team remains more or less the same.

Their batting line up was put in a spot of bothering the other day as Samuel Badree bagged a sensational hat-trick to reduce them to 7/4. Despite the horrendous start the big man from West Indies Kieron Pollard took the responsibility on his shoulders and played a blinder of an innings to ensure Mumbai chased the target down. Apart from Malinga’s comeback the rest of the team remains the same.

Predicted XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, NitishRana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McLeneghan, JaspritBumrah, LasithMalinga

Gujarat Lions

After losing the opening two matches of the tournament, Gujarat Lions made a strong comeback against the Rising Pune Supergiants in the previous encounter. They were bolstered by the return of No.1 Test bowler Ravindra Jadeja and also included Aussie pacer Andrew Tye in the line-up. It was a dream debut for the medium pacer who bagged a hat-trick and finished with exceptional figures of 5/17 in 4 overs.

The opening combination of Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum looked pretty dangerous up the order and they will stick to the opening combination at least for the next couple of matches. The middle order also looks settled with Aaron Finch and captain Suresh Raina going great guns but still, they have to pull their socks especially if they have to return triumphantly against the Mumbai Indians.

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