MI VS LSG Preview
Over the years, we’ve witnessed many miracles in cricket, and the Mumbai Indians have been a part of a number of them. They qualified for the 2014 World Cup despite losing five games in a row, and then went on to win the title the following season after losing four games in a row.
Mumbai Indians will need another miracle to qualify from here after losing their first five matches. Prior to that, however, they’ll concentrate on getting out to a fast start in the tournament. They have a difficult task ahead of them as they face the Lucknow Super Giants in a contest that is crucial for both teams to win.
The Lucknow Super Giants, too, are coming off an ugly loss in their previous encounter and will be eager to get back on track. Both teams are anticipated to go at each other hard in what is expected to be a thrilling match. The match between MI and LSG will take place at Broubourne Stadium in Mumbai on April 16, 2022.
Even after a terrible auction, few would have predicted the Mumbai Indians to be in this scenario. Their flaws became clear after the auction, and those flaws have only been exposed in the five matches they’ve played so far.
Mumbai Indians have failed to win any of their five matches, with nearly all of their losses coming as a result of poor bowling. They are now ranked at the bottom of the ladder with zero points and a dreadful net run rate of -1.072. They’ve been close on several occasions, but their inability to close the gap in crucial times has kept them out of practically every match.
Apart from the auction going awry, Mumbai’s dismal performance can also be linked to a lack of returns from its veteran players. It was a team built around Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishan Kishan, but none of them have yet delivered on their promise. Suryakumar Yadav, another key component of the team, has only played three games and, although seeming fluid, there’s only so much he can do.
Despite their terrible performance thus far, Mumbai Indians will be looking forward to this upcoming encounter, especially after the manner in which they performed in the previous one. It was yet another instance of failing to capitalise on a crucial moment, but the manner Tilak Verma and Dewald Brevis batted should instil a lot of confidence among the teammates.
On paper, the Mumbai Indians still have a strong batting lineup, especially with Tilak Verma and Dewald Brevis in the lineup. Their bowling has to make up for lost time as soon as feasible. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, no one has been able to keep the scoring down in any of the matches thus far. We anticipate a change in their bowling lineup, with Riley Meredith taking the place of Basil Thampi.
Overall, the Mumbai Indians are a strong team capable of defeating any opponent on their day. All they have to do now is close out the crucial minutes, and they’ll need their seasoned veterans to help. Even in their current condition, the Mumbai Indians will be a difficult team to beat if that happens.
Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants, led by KL Rahul, have had an entertaining competition thus far. They were in contention for the top spot on the ladder at one point during the competition, but a loss in their most recent match has pushed them out of the top four. However, a win here would put them back in contention, and that is precisely what they will be striving for.
Lucknow Super Giants are presently in fifth place on the points standings, having won three of their five matches for a total of six points. They have a respectable 0.174 net run rate, which keeps them ahead of a few of other teams with six points.
They are coming off a disheartening loss to the Rajasthan Royals and will be looking to bounce back, particularly with the bat. LSG has been in difficulties with the bat on several occasions, and this is something they would like to correct in this upcoming encounter. While players like Quinton de Kock, Deepak Hooda, and Ayush Badoni have performed admirably, they will be asking for more from their captain.
The Super Giants, on the other hand, appear to have found their bowling rhythm, with Avesh Khan, K Gowtham, and Ravi Bishnoi all doing admirably. Their fourth and fifth bowling options, on the other hand, have not been consistent enough. Marcus Stoinis’ return to the starting lineup helps with the balance, bolstering their strength in both areas.
Overall, the Lucknow Super Giants have a strong team, but they have yet to put their plans into action. They have yet to reach their full potential and would like to do so as quickly as possible with the tournament’s most crucial phase approaching. Mumbai Indians will have their job cut out for them if they can achieve it in this forthcoming encounter.