Mumbai Indians (MI) will be desperate to turn things in their favour when they square off against dominant force Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (MCA) in Pune on April 28 (Saturday).
Mumbai is currently languishing at the bottom of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) points table with only one win from six games.
However, they need to shift gears if they want to give themselves any chance of qualifying.
Meanwhile, Mumbai is yet to play as a team and dominate the opponents in particular. Also, they have lacked some luck which eventually saw them losing few games in the last overs.
However, they will want their top-order to fire and which has lacked in this season.
Windies opener Evin Lewis has struggled to find his timing right which is a major worry for the Mumbai dugout.
Skipper Rohit Sharma also needs to come in handy and lead his team from the front.
Meanwhile, Mumbai is likely to stick to the same team and concentrate on doing their basics right.
Here is the predicted XI of Mumbai Indians:
The right-handed batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been a revelation since he got to open the inning. He has scored consistently for Mumbai and has provided Mumbai with good starts.
Suryakumar’s job will be to continue doing the job he is doing.
The Windies opener Evin Lewis hasn’t come good except for one or two matches. Lewis needs to partner Suryakumar and give Mumbai a blistering start.
Mumbai team management will hope he gets the perfect touch against Chennai attack.
Ishan Kishan (wk):
However, this is a learning curve for the young Ishan Kishan and he will bank on his experience going forward.
Rohit Sharma (c):
The Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma will have to take more responsibility on his shoulder. Rohit on his day can win matches single-handedly and will have to stand up to the occasion.
Mumbai will badly want their skipper to win games or else they will lag behind in the race to qualify.
The senior of the Pandya brother’s has been the star performer with both bat and ball.
Krunal Pandya has chipped in with runs when needed and has also claimed wickets at crunch situations.
Meanwhile, he will have to continue doing so for Mumbai if they have to give themselves any chance to qualify.
India’s promising all-rounder Hardik Pandya needs to bring his superlative game in the front against the table toppers.
Hardik has had an average tournament so far and will have to up his game if Mumbai wants to come back.
The big all-rounder from Windies Kieron Pollard is yet to get a proper chance to showcase his talent. However, given his day, he can dismantle any bowling-order.
Pollard will look to do the same if he gets an opportunity to bat.
The speedster from New Zealand Mitchell McClenaghan has done well so far for Mumbai.
Coming in as a replacement, McClenaghan has bowled quick and picked wickets for his franchise.
He needs to continue his role in the upcoming fixture against the Super Kings.
Jasprit Bumrah has somehow lost his old form and is leaking runs at the end.
Although he has claimed eight wickets so far, his economy is on the higher side. Bumrah needs to use his variations to full effect and contain the Chennai batters.
The left-arm seamer from Bangladesh, Mustafizur Rahman so far, had an average series for his new franchise. After struggling in the initial part, the left-arm bowler has made a strong comeback.
He needs to concentrate on his job and continue picking wickets if Mumbai have to make any inroads in Chennai’s strong-looking batting.