Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. MI are winless this season, having suffered seven successive defeats. Meanwhile, LSG are placed fourth, having won four and lost three games so far. This will be a game of pride for MI, who will need to show they belong here. On the other hand, LSG will aim to get a win coming and enhance their position at the table.
Analysis of LSG
KL Rahul’s LSG have done a decent job so far, piling up four wins. In Rahul and Quinton de Kock, they have two of the fiercest T20 openers. They need to lay the foundation here for the middle order. What LSG have not done well is to hold Marcus Stoinis back. He needs to come up with the order, preferably at number three. He is an experienced figure and can keep up with the momentum. Krunal Pandya can bat at number six or seven instead to be the finisher which Stoinis has been assigned so far.
Bowling wise, Avesh Khan continues to be the star attraction. He has been amongst the wickets. Also, Ravi Bishnoi has done a commendable job so far. In Dushmantha Chameera and Jason Holder, the side gets two valuable experienced names on offer. Also, Stoinis can be an influential factor with the ball. This is a well balanced LSG side with plenty of match-winners. They just need to get things in place.
Analysis of MI
MI are not being able to get a win. Somewhere, they keep falling short. The batting is a bit inconsistent, where MI are always lacking that extra bit of runs. There is a lot of pressure on Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma. With Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan failing, MI are always put under pressure. Both Rohit and Kishan need to find their feet and go about doing the job. MI’s batting is a bit thin, and one needs Kieron Pollard to step up. His big hits are needed in that middle order.
With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah has done well but has not taken wickets at large. This, instead, has seen MI struggle with the majority of their bowlers conceding runs aplenty. MI have issues in that bowling unit, and they have to regroup and make sure a better approach is presented. Daniel Sams will be pumped up after his four wickets versus CSK. Murugan Ashwin has to spin his web around.
This is the second meeting between the two sides. LSG had earlier beaten MI in the previous meeting this season.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
LSG predicted playing 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
MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah
Which team is the predicted winner?
With what we have seen in terms of performance, there is no doubt LSG are fiercer and stronger than MI at this moment. Can MI break the duck and script a win? In this game, we do not feel they can. Their poor bowling attack is the reason why LSG can come out on top, besides MI also have an inconsistent batting on offer. If the openers fail once again, the side could be under pressure.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The Wankhede Stadium will host this crunch game. So far, seven matches have been played here this season. The wicket has averaged close to 170 in the first innings, including a massive tally of 222 by RR in the last outing versus DC. The match will be held at 7:30 PM IST and can be watched live on the Star Sports Network.
The major batting stats on offer
For MI, Tilak Varma (234) and Suryakumar Yadav (232) can get past the 250-run mark in IPL 2022. SKY, who has 2,573 runs, can surpass Murali Vijay’s tally of 2,619. KL Rahul can get past 300 runs in IPL 2022 (265). Overall, he has scored 3,538 runs. De Kock has scored 2,471 runs and needs 29 more to get to 2,500.
The major bowling stats on offer
Bumrah has 134 wickets in the IPL at 23.83. However, this season has seen the senior bowler take just four scalps from seven games at 49.50. Avesh Khan has taken 11 wickets for LSG this season.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis
All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
KL Rahul: The senior IPL star has amassed 265 runs already and is going strong. He is LSG’s best against a lacklustre MI bowling attack. Expect Rahul to cash in and deliver the goods.
Suryakumar Yadav: A sheer versatile player, SKY has been in top gear across the last 4 games. He looks like the most sorted MI batter. SKY promises runs and can be elegant in his stay at the crease. He has 232 runs and is averaging over 50.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Tilak Varma: The IPL 2022 debutant has impressed one and all with his consistency. He has been a better player and looks like someone who has a bright future. He will be aiming to chip in once again.
Avesh Khan: The LSG pacer has done a reasonable job so far, and the side will look up to him for breakthroughs. He is a crucial bowler and has plenty of attributes riding on his side.