Mumbai Indians are back to play where they are the masters in their own battleground the Wankhede Stadium. They will now face a rejuvenated side Gujarat Lions who recently registered their first win in as many as three games. A day before two hat-tricks were taken while Mumbai Indians were the receiver of one hat-trick, Gujarat Lions were the generator of one. Mumbai Indians won their last game quite epically by chasing 142 against RCB when they were four down at one for seven runs. Gujarat Lions on the other displayed outstandingly with both bat and ball and Andrew Tye became the first player to take a hat-trick in an IPL debut. Gujarat Lions after a lot of combinations finally got a win in three matches while Mumbai Indians are at the top of the table by winning 3 of their 4 matches.
Last time they played: The last time these two teams were against each other, Gujarat Lions were the winner and won the game by 6 wickets. Mumbai Indians batting first posted a total of 172 runs at the end of 20 overs courtesy a 70 run batting display by Nitish Rana. Gujarat Lions launched to the target quite easily and won the game with 13 balls to spare.
Head to Head Battle: Both teams have played two times against each other and both the Gujarat Lions have come victorious. Mumbai Indians are yet to open account against Gujarat Lions. Mumbai Indians-0 Gujarat Lions-2.
Mumbai Indians: Good things for Mumbai Indians that they have won 3 of their four matches but there is a slight worry regarding the form of Rohit Sharma whose flop show continued yet again. Pandya’s brothers are acting like a superhero, saving Mumbai every time. Keiron Pollard was at his natural best and won the game for his team while Nitish Rana failed for the first time. Mumbai Indians would not do much to tinker with the playing eleven and only if Malinga is fit will get a game ahead of Tim Southee. They can try having Lendl Simmons in place of Jos Butler.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Butler/Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Keiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga/ Tim Southee.
Gujarat Lions: They made as many as four changes to secure a win at last. And the win was even better as Andrew Tye picked up a five-for including a hat-trick in the 18th over. Ravindra Jadeja returns
to the squad has boosted the team spirit to a whole different level. They are likely to play with the same eleven unless anyone gets unfit.
Probable XI: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Andrew Tye, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi.
Players in the spotlight:
Nitish Rana: last time he played against Gujarat Lions he scored his personal best of 70 runs and all eyes will be again on him for a similar performance.
Andrew Tye: A debut like no one, Andrew Tye would love to continue his dream run with the ball.
What: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions, 16th April, 16:00 IST
Where: Wankhede stadium, Mumbai
What to expect: a run fest is stored with pitch helping seamers in the end. A warm temperature of up to 38 degrees.
Toss Prediction: Team winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: Getting back their lost rhythm, Gujarat Lions are the favorite to win the match.
* Session should be made yes in every instance.
* Chasing team are likely to win so place your bets likewise.