Teams are playing him sensibly, knowing they can attack at the other end. Can Boom Boom find a way to dislodge KL early?

The Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) meet the Mumbai Indians (MI) in game 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. There is no double-header this time, so this will be the only game of the day. LSG have had an inconsistent run in IPL 2022, winning four and losing three of their seven matches. Their fifth position in the points table justifies their performance. As for Mumbai, this campaign has been a nightmare that just refuses to end. They have played seven and are yet to register their first points on the board. Lucknow go into Sunday’s match, having lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 18 runs in their previous game. Mumbai, in contrast, have lost seven in seven. Here are five player battles to watch out for in LSG vs MI clash.

1. KL Rahul vs Jasprit Bumrah: The last time LSG met MI, KL Rahul was in sublime touch as he hit a brilliant ton. The Mumbai bowlers had no answer to him as he batted through the entire innings and guided the team to a match-winning total. As Aakash Chopra aptly described the innings on his YouTube channel – Rahul performed the role of opener, middle-order batter and finisher. Jasprit Bumrah has not been picking too many wickets, although he has been economical. Teams are playing him sensibly, knowing they can attack at the other end. Can Boom Boom find a way to dislodge KL early?

2. Ishan Kishan vs Avesh Khan: After kicking off IPL 2022 with consecutive fifties, Ishan Kishan has completely gone off the boil. In the last match, both he and Rohit Sharma perished without scoring. Mumbai might just be regretting purchasing him for Rs 15.25 crore as it has perhaps upset the balance of their squad. It may already be a bit late, but Kishan needs to find a way to score runs. He will face a major challenge from Avesh Khan, who would be steaming in. The young fast bowler has been in excellent form and has been picking up key wickets at the start of the innings. He will be confident of coming up with trumps against an under-pressure Kishan.

3. Deepak Hooda vs Riley Meredith: LSG batter Deepak Hooda has not enjoyed much success after a good start to the tournament. Having said that, he is a dangerous hitter who can swing the match’s momentum with his hard-hitting strokeplay. If Hooda is in during the middle overs, his task will be to give the innings momentum. He will be up against Riley Meredith at the other end, who did a decent job with his pace in the last match. With speed on offer from both sides, this could be an interesting battle.

4. Suryakumar Yadav vs Jason Holder: MI middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav has been among the few bright spots for the team in an otherwise disastrous campaign. Every match, he has come in and played crucial knocks to lift the team and give them some hope. On Sunday, he will look to carry on the fight against LSG. If he is out in the middle at the death, he will be challenged by the guile of Jason Holder, who will mix things up and try to unsettle SKY. Will he be successful in his endeavor?

5. Marcus Stoinis vs Daniel Sams: LSG all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will be key to the team’s chances in the end overs. He will be the major batter who will have the responsibility of getting the big hits in the end overs. Stoinis has shown in the games that he has played, so for that, he is in great hitting form. His Aussie teammate Daniel Sams had an excellent match for MI against CSK. Although Mumbai did not win, Sams kept them in the game. With Jaydev Unadkat failing to deliver the goods, MI could try out Sams’ variations at the death.

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