IPL 2017 Preview: Mumbai Indians look to maintain winning run at home against Gujarat Lions

The last six IPL matches at the Wankhede Stadium have all been won by teams chasing and hence the toss may prove to be an important factor.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: April 16, 2017 3:46 pm
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Two-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have been on a roll after loosing their first match against Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets. They have won all their matches and are currently second in the points table. Now as they take on Gujarat Lions in match 16 of the ipl, MI will look to continue with their winning run and simultaneously aim to go on top of the table.

However, Gujarat will hope to play spoilsport and keep their run of form going after winning its last match. Their famed batting line-up is in fine form. The likes of Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch all came good in the last match. Hence, both the teams have a powerful batting line-up and this may very result in a high scoring game. As far as bowlers are concerned MI will be boosted with the presence of Lasith Malinga. After missing Mumbai Indians’ previous match due to illness, Lasith Malinga is expected to be back in the playing XI for the game against Gujarat Lions.

Also in each of MI’s three wins, the Pandya brothers have played a crucial role. They are the x-factor of the home team as their contributions have resulted in wins. MI will hope Krunal and Hardik can continue doing that in this game as well.

Gujarat Lions on other hand will be looking for improved performances  from their bowling attack. The successful return of Ravindra Jadeja and new found Andrew Tye, who turned the last match on its head seems to have sorted some of the issues for them. Tye finished last match with figures of 5-17 (which included a hat-trick).

Interestingly,  the last six IPL matches at the Wankhede Stadium have all been won by teams chasing hence the toss may prove to be a big factor. So whoever wins the toss will look to bowl first

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