Mumbai Indians vs. Gujarat Titans: preview and forecast
For the first time since 2017, these two neighbouring states will square off on the Indian Premier League’s biggest stage. The challenger Mumbai Indians will call upon the league leaders Gujarat Titans at the Brabourne Stadium. Which is located in the city where the two neighbouring states have previously engaged in combat.
Both states recently commemorated the dates of their founding, and now that the franchise with its base in Ahmedabad is preparing to play the five-time winners for the first time. Their paths have once again intersected. The competition between the neighbouring states to rule the Western area has been a long-standing tradition. And it will heat up when they meet on the same pitch on May 5.
Mumbai, led by slugger Rohit Sharma, is looking to build on its season-opening victory over Rajasthan Royals. Hardik Pandya, will be facing off against the Maharashtrian team for the first time in his illustrious IPL career. He left the MI family after seven seasons and joined Gujarat, where he played an important part in four championship victories for his cherished team.
How did Mumbai Indians act thus far?
For Mumbai supporters, who had great hopes for the new core in the first season following the huge auction. It has been a dismal season. They made tournament history by being the first team to drop their first eight games. With a crushing victory over an in-form Rajasthan Royals team, where the Razors’ bowling unit together shone for the first time this season. Finally, the shameful slide came to an end.
Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, are now leading the 2022 IPL rankings after collecting 16 points from 10 games. The struggling Punjab Kings shocked the table-toppers in their previous game, snapping a five-match winning streak for them. They reached a decent total of 143 thanks to Sai Sudharsan’s explosive 65*, but Punjab easily chased it down in 16 overs due to a terrible day for bowling.
The 20-year-old Tamil Nadu rookie stuck up for his side and held one end until the game’s penultimate delivery when the Gujarat batting order was falling apart. He will maintain his third-place ranking in the pecking order, particularly after displaying a spectacular comeback against a tough Punjab onslaught. As Ashish Nehra has a number of replacement alternatives on the bench. Pradeep Sangwan, who was the Titans’ most costly bowler against PBKS, might not be able to keep his spot.
To maintain their successful combination, captain Rohit Sharma and coach Mahela Jayawardene are expected to start with the same starting lineup. In his first IPL game, the 24-year-old MP left-arm spinner Kartikeya Singh recorded astounding figures of 1/19 in 4 overs. And he will be looking to keep catching the batsmen with his mysterious bowling. Dewald Brevis, a South African adolescent phenom, would lose his spot in the MI starting eleven if he plays with composure against Rajasthan in his return game.
Key Players of Mumbai Indians
Rashid Khan: Previously, the 23-year-old was recognised for his violent T20 bowling and spotty run-scoring talents. But this season will be the beginning of his ascent to popularity as a bowling all-rounder. The vice-captain of the Ahmedabad-based team from Afghanistan has taken 9 wickets in 9 games. This year with a modest economy rate of 6.93. Rashid took up two wickets in his most recent match against the Bombay Blues. Including that of skipper Rohit Sharma, who he had previously trapped twice in the IPL.
Suryakumar Yadav: The local kid stuck up for his team as Mumbai’s chances of defeating Rajasthan faded. And he was also given the Player of the Match award for his shaky 51-run stand. His 81-run fourth wicket partnership with rookie Tilak Varma was crucial to the chase. And ended the Royals’ chances of winning. He complimented his role on the squad at the post-game presentation, adding
Predicted Playing XI
Gujarat Titans: Mohammed Shami, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (C), and Wriddhiman Saha (wk).
Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kartikeya Kumar, Riley Meredith are all members of the Mumbai Indians.
When there is a match between the top and bottom-placed sides. The table-toppers are always the favourites to win the match. Due to their middle order’s ability to expose the flaws in MI’s death bowling. Gujarat Titans are seen as the favourites to win this match. The Mumbai Indians, however, cannot be completely disregarded in any scenario given their status. And also reputation as the five-time IPL winners.