The only question which will pop up in Gujarat Lions team is whether it has been too late for them. But seen the points table condition Gujarat Lions still have some chances if they win five to six of their remaining games. They have certainly worked and figured their weak links, their bowling which used to be weaker is little on the stable side now. Batting line up is formidable and in the last game they played as an unit. Mumbai Indians on the other hand though lost a close game against Rising Pune Supergiant but are sitting strongly at the second position. They would be up for a game after a gap of four days. It would be a tough challenge for Gujarat Lions for sure and they would need to perform their heart out if they want to defeat the in form Mumbai Indians.
Last time they played: last time when these two teams played against each other, the game ended in as the last over affair in which Mumbai Indians won. Chasing the target of 177 runs, Mumbai Indians crossed over the line courtesy last over nerve handling from Rohit Sharma and went on to win the match by 6 wickets. In this match Gujarat Lions bowlers looked more disciplined than their previous outings.
Head to head battle: out of three matches played among these two teams, Gujarat Lions have won two games that in last season while Mumbai Indians have won the only single match played in this season.
Gujarat Lions: WLWLL
Mumbai Indians: LWWWW
Gujarat Lions: they have finally found out a combination which won out them the game. They are unlikely to make any changes to the squad unless it is forced one. If they want to play a spinner less than Irfan Pathan might get a game.
Probable XI: Ishan Kishan, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, James Faulkner, Ravindra Jadeja, Andrew Tye, Nathu Singh, Basil Thampi, Ankit Soni/Irfan Khan.
Mumbai Indians: They will be playing after a gap of four days and would have easily forgotten their defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant. Krunal Pandya was out from the previous match due to illness and will be included in the team in place of Karn Sharma at once. No other changes are bound to happen in the squad.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Jos Butler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McCLengan, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah.
Players in the Spotlight:
Rohit Sharma: he played a captains knock in the last match though it was for the losing cause but finally he scored some runs. He needs more 14 runs to complete his 4000 IPL runs.
James Faulkner: His inclusion have boosted the moral of Gujarat Lions to a whole different level. He justified his selection by picking up 2 wickets. He will be in the Spotlight to perform even better.
Where: Saurashtra cricket association, Rajkot
What to expect: The pitch is suitable for lots of runs and it would be a hot climate at Rajkot.
Toss Prediction: Chasing is easier at the pitch of Rajkot and team winning the toss will definately choose to bowl first.
Match prediction: Mumbai Indians though are placed second at the table but will face a tough competition from Gujarat Lions. Mumbai Indians chances of winning are more.
* Six over powerplay score will be higher and always bet on the increased session.
* Match odds for the game are 86-87 MI.