- May 12, 2023 23:31MUMBAI INDIANS BEAT GUJARAT TITANS BY 27 RUNS
Mumbai moves up to the third spot after its seventh win of IPL 2023. A comfortable win for Mumbai but Rashid Khan and Alzarri Joseph’s unbeaten stand for the ninth wicket of 88 off 40 balls.
- May 12, 2023 23:246GT 191/8 IN 20 OVERS
Kartikeya to bowl the final over. GT needs 48 runs to win. He starts off with a wide outside off. SIX! Full, drifting on the legs and Rashid launches this over wide long-on for a maximum. Rashid misses the next one trying to cut as Kartikeya angles the ball away. SIX! Tossed up on the stumps and Rashid whips this over deep midwicket. SIX! This is outside off and Rashid drags this and clears the long-on boundary. Last ball is a full toss and Rashid can only slash it as far as the point fielder.
- May 12, 2023 23:196GT 171/8 IN 19 OVERS
Jordan bowls his last over. Rashid swings across the line but doesn’t connect well. SIX! But he has middled the next one and this goes sailing over deep square. Helicopter shot next ball and just a single at deep midwicket. Wide yorker outside off and Joseph fails to connect. Another dot to end the over as Jordan darts in a slower one.
- May 12, 2023 23:126GT 164/8 IN 18 OVERS
Green into the attack. Starts off with a bouncer and Rashid takes evasive action. SIX! Short and pulled away with disdain for a six over midwicket by Rashid. SIX! Another short one and Rashid pulls this over deep square and brings up a 21-ball fifty.
- May 12, 2023 23:096GT 151/8 IN 17 OVERS
Rashid strikes some big blows towards the end. Starts off with a boundary through the off and then uppercuts a short one for a maximum. Rashid then gets lucky as he gets an inside edge to the fine-leg fence.
- May 12, 2023 23:044GT 136/8 IN 16 OVERS
Madhwal bowls out. FOUR! Full toss and Joseph slaps this over covers for a boundary. Six runs from the over. GT needs 83 runs from 24 balls.
- May 12, 2023 22:546GT 130/8 IN 15 OVERS
Behrendorff bowls out. He comes from around the wicket to Joseph. FOUR! Rashid swings his bat at this yorker and ends up slicing over short third for a boundary. SIX! Length ball outside off and Rashid spanks this over deep extra-cover for a maximum.
- May 12, 2023 22:49WGT 116/8 IN 14 OVERS
Kartikeya comes back. OUT! Noor steps out, misses the ball and Kartikeya hits. Joseph Alzarri the new man in. SIX! Rashid steps out and goes inside out for a maximum over covers. SIX! Full and tossed up and Rashid gets down on one knee and swipes this over midwicket for back-to-back sixes.
- May 12, 2023 22:44WGT 103/7 IN 13 OVERS
OUT! Chawla bowls out. OUT! Tewatia gets a top edge on the sweep and ends up handing an easy catch at deep square-leg. Miller and Tewatia are gone in two balls! Afghans Noor Ahmad and Rashid Khan at the crease. Rashid guides one late to deep thrid-man for a couple. Rashid then steps out and whacks the ball back to the bowler.
- May 12, 2023 22:37GT 100/6 IN 12 OVERS
Madhwal comes from around the wicket. SIX! Miller smashes the first ball over wide long-off for a maximum. Two singles to follow as Miller swings the ball to deep midwicket and then Tewatia steers to deep third. Miller heaves again across the line and just gets one. Tewatia dances down the track but only manages to thump it down the ground for a single. Hundred up for GT in 11.5 overs. Miller swings and misses as Madhwal strays on the pads. There is a subdued appeal for LBW and given out by the umpire! Miller reviews it immediately. Four reds on the screen and Madhwal gets his third wicket.
- May 12, 2023 22:32GT 90/5 IN 11 OVER
Chawla bowls his third. He continues to keep the batters quiet. Just a couple of single off the first three deliveries. A bit of dew coming into the play as Rohit Sharma takes some time wiping the ball. FOUR! Tewatia gets a boundary to end the over. He slog sweeps a ball from outside off to the midwicket fence.
- May 12, 2023 22:27GT 82/5 IN 10 OVERS
Jordan comes back. Just a couple of singles from the first two deliveries. Miller and Tewatia finally forging a partnership and stemming the flow of wickets for GT. Tewatia jabs short ball to deep midwicket for a single. Miller moves across his stumps and swings and misses. The ball goes off his pads and to the keeper. Miller pulls the next one away for a single. Tewatia keeps strike with one more.
- May 12, 2023 22:216GT 77/5 IN 9 OVERS
Chawla continues. Miller cuts the first off the backfoot to deep point for a single. Tewatia returns the strike to Miller after pushing the ball through covers for one more. SIX! In the slot on the stumps and Miller heaves this over midwicket for the first maximum of the innings. FOUR! Outside edge on the drive and this beats the short third fielder and trickles to the boundary. Slashed away through covers by Miller for two more. FOUR! Very lucky. Miller gets an inside edge and this just misses the stumps before running away to the boundary behind.
- May 12, 2023 22:16WGT 59/5 IN 8 OVERS
Kumar Kartikeya into the attack. OUT! Manohar is bowled as he goes back and looks to pull. Kartikeya strikes first ball. Rahul Tewatia is in at No. 7. He darts in a yorker to Miller, which is dug out to long-off for a single. Tewatia is off the mark with a single.
- May 12, 2023 22:11WGT 55/4 IN 7 OVERS
OUT! Piyush Chawla strikes first ball again. Vijay strides forward to defend and misses this googly only for the ball to crash into the stumps. FOUR! Fifty comes up for GT in 6.4 overs as Miller finds the boundary. Abhinav Manohar the new batter.
- May 12, 2023 22:024GT 48/3 IN 6 OVERS
Chris Jordan to bowl the final over of the PowerPlay. Vijay takes a single first ball after punching to mid-off. Straying down leg-side and Miller tucks it off his hips for a couple of leg-byes. Miller takes a quick single after pushing the ball to extra-cover. FOUR! Miller pulls this to the midwicket boundary even though he doesn’t really middle it.
- May 12, 2023 21:584GT 39/3 IN 5 OVERS
Behrendorff bowls his third. FOUR! Vijay pulls this to the boundary behind square-leg. FOUR! Boundary next ball again as Vijay pushes this behind point. FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries as Vijay tucks this off his pads through midwicket for four more. Thirteen runs from the over.
- May 12, 2023 21:53WGT 26/3 IN 4 OVERS
FOUR! On the pads by Madhwal and Vijay flicks this to the square-leg fence. FOUR! Consecutive boundaries as Vijay stands and punches this through point. Good comeback from Madhwal as he keeps it straighter and angles the ball into the right-hander. OUT! Gill is cleaned up - off-stump goes cartwheeling and Madhwal has his second wicket. David Miller comes in and defends the ball back to the bowler.
- May 12, 2023 21:46GT 17/2 IN 3 OVERS
Behrendorff continues. Gill takes off for a single first ball after prodding one on the off. Width outside off, slashed hard by Pandya but stopped at extra-cover. OUT! Hardik swipes at this full delivery on off-stump and gets an outside edge which is taken by the keeper. Gujarat in early trouble now. FOUR! Vijay Shankar starts off with a boundary. He goes for a drive and slices this with one hand coming off the handle of the bat and finds the boundary over point.
- May 12, 2023 21:40GT 11/1 IN 2 OVERS
Akash Madhwal from the other end. Gill reaches out to this wide outside off delivery and misses as the ball skids through. Cuts the next one to deep point for a couple. Gill defends the next one to mid-off. Pushed to mid-on for a single. Saha looks to flick this back-of-a-length delivery but misses. LBW appeal and the umpire lifts his finger very late. Saha reviews. It’s umpire’s call on impact and Saha has to walk. Hardik Pandya is in next. FOUR! He starts off with a beautiful boundary down the ground.
- May 12, 2023 21:36GT 4/0 IN 1 OVER
Shubman Gill comes in as Impact Player and opens the innings with Wriddhiman Saha. Jason Behrendorff has the new ball. Both openers are off the mark with a single each. Tight over, just four runs from it.
- May 12, 2023 21:25MI posts a formidable total
After Rohit and Ishan provided a blazing start for the Mumbai Indians, three wickets fell in quick succession but there was one man who maintained the momentum throughout - Suryakumar Yadav. A 49-ball 103 from the right hander took MI’s total to a whopping 218/5 in 20 overs. But no total is safe in a batting paradise like Wankhede. An exciting second half on the cards!
- May 12, 2023 21:17100MI 218/5 in 20 overs - SKY scores maiden 100
Joseph will bowl the final over. Green gets a single and the Wankhede crowd goes beserk. Takes pace off the ball, SKY tries to flick it but misses, he’s stranded on 89. Full and SKY smacks it straight for a SIX! He is just one big hit away from his maiden century! Couple of runs to follow. WHAT A WAY TO GET TO HIS MAIDEN CENTURY! HE DISPATCHES IT DEEP INTO THE STANDS OVER DEEP SQUARE LEG! TAKE A BOW!
- May 12, 2023 21:126MI 201/5 in 19 overs
Shami replaces Rashid. Green gets a single off the first ball. That’s 360 degree hitting from SKY as he deliberately over third man for a SIX! And he follows it up with a lofted four over long on! SKY finishes the over with yet anothr FOUR as Shami conceded 50+ in his quota.
- May 12, 2023 21:046MI 184/5 in 18 overs
Mohit continues. SKY continues his onslaught as he smokes it through covers for a four first ball. Short and wide, SKY slashes it over backward point for another FOUR. Mohit goes wide of off, SKY gets an edge but it falls short of the slip fielder, he steals a quick single. You can’t set fields for shots like that! Just outside off and SKY kneels and smacks it on the legside for a SIX. Vijay Shankar with yet another good piece of fielding to stop a four, couple of runs there. Wide outside off, SKY chases it and slashes it for a four. Unstoppable!
- May 12, 2023 20:58WMI 164/5 in 17 overs
Rashid replaces Joseph. SKY GETS TO HIS 50 WITH A FOUR! David tries to defend on the front foot, it takes an outside edge and runs past the slip fielder for a FOUR! RASHID HAS THE LAST LAUGH AS DAVID IS DISMISSED CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Cameron Green comes in at seven
Tim David c & b Rashid Khan 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66
- May 12, 2023 20:51MI 153/4 in 16 overs
Mohit replaces Noor. Takes the pace off first up, Vinod gets a single. Similar second delivery, slow and wide, SKY fails to connect, dot. Three dots on the trot. SKY chases a wide delivery and ends up with just a single. Brilliant over so far from the experienced campaigner. Full toss, Vinod miscues it and hits it straight to Manohar, umpires have asked Vinod to wait to check for height and replay shows the ball is fine. VINOD DEPARTS FOR A WELL MADE 30. Tim David is in at six
Vishnu Vinod c Manohar b Sharma 30 (20b 2x4 2x6) SR: 150
- May 12, 2023 20:464MI 151/3 in 15 overs
Game resumes and Joseph is into the attack, replaces Shami. Starts off with a dot. Full and on the up, SKY slaps it between mid-off and extra covers for a FOUR. Sweet looking shot from SKY as he lofts it over long off for a SIX!
- May 12, 2023 20:404MI 139/3 in 14 overs
Noor replaces Joseph. Vinod welcomes him with a four off a reverse sweep. Keeps it tight in the next two deliveries, two from them. On the pads, Vinod miscues a sweep but the ball falls safe off Abhinav Manohar’s perimeter, a single off it and THAT’S 50 RUNS BETWEEN SKY AND VINOD. Noor inishes off with a dot. Strategic timeout
- May 12, 2023 20:366MI 131/3 in 13 overs
Hardik turns towards Shami as the latter replaces Noor. Starts off with a dot. On the slot and Vinod lofts it over midwicket for a four. Width on offer and Vinod makes room for himself and dispatches it to the stands over long off! SIX. SKY goes big this time as he lofts it over midwicket for a FOUR
- May 12, 2023 20:326MI 116/3 in 12 overs
Joseph continues. Two singles from the first two balls. Joseph goes short and Vinod smokes it deep into the stands for a SIX! Much needed move on for MI after losing 3 quick wickets. A quick single to follow it up. Short and wide, SKY pulls it for yet another six.
- May 12, 2023 20:26MI 101/3 in 11 overs
Noor continues and starts off with a dot, umpire’s review for a stumping but replay shows Vinod is safe. On the pads and Vinod sweeps it deep for a single. SKY goes through the line and drives it through the onside to get a couple. Noor keeps it low and SKY is beaten. Double off the final delivery as MUMBAI CROSSES THE 100-RUN MARK, tidy over from Noor as just 5 came from it
- May 12, 2023 20:214MI 95/3 in 10 overs
Alzarri Joseph is into the attack, replaces Noor. Good looking shot from SKY as he lofts it through mid off for a FOUR. Eight of that over
- May 12, 2023 20:19MI 88/3 in 9 overs
Rashid continues. Suryakumar lofts it but mistimes it, Alzarri Joseph was there but the ball falls short of him. A googly from Rashid but SKY sweeps it for a four. RASHID GETS HIS THIRD VICTIM AS WADHERA HAS TO WALK BACK! Short and wide but Wadhera dragged it on to the stumps. Vishnu Vinod makes his debut as comes in at five
- May 12, 2023 20:136MI 79/2 in 8 overs
Noor continues from the other end. SKY manages to get a single on the second ball. Wadhera gets off the mark with a beautiful drive through the covers to collect a four. Short and on the pads this time, Wadhera gets a couple after flicking it deep. Full this time and Wadhera takes the ariel route to smack it straight for a SIX, the youngster is on a roll. 15 runs from that over!
- May 12, 2023 20:04CMI 66/2 in 7 overs
RASHID STIRKES RIGHT AFTER THE POWERPLAY AS HE DISMISSES THE MI SKIPPER. Rohit tried to defend on the front foot but was tricked by the wrong un as Tewatia completes a sharp catch at slip, diving to his right. Suryakumar Yadav is in at 3. SKY sweeps and a sloppy work from Noor gifts him a boundary to get off the mark. RASHID STRIKES TWICE AS KISHAN WALKS BACK! Fuller delivery from the Afghani, Kishan tries to sweep and gets trapped leg before, no hesitation from the umpire as he rised his hands within seconds. Nehal Wadhera is in at four. Superb over from Rashid as he sent both the openers packing
Rohit Sharma c Tewatia b Rashid Khan 29 (18b 3x4 2x6) SR: 161.11
Ishan Kishan lbw b Rashid Khan 31 (20b 4x4 1x6) SR: 155
- May 12, 2023 20:004MI 61/0 in 6 overs
Spin from both ends as Noor Ahmad replaces Mohit. Short ball to start off, Kishan slaps it to backward square leg for a single. Noor goes fuller this time and Rohit gets a single this time after miscuing it. Width offered and Kishan swings it over mid off for a FOUR. That’s another four and this time it’s over midwicket. Brilliant powerplay for MI but will look to continue the onslaught considering 193 is the average 1st innings score here
- May 12, 2023 19:554MI 51/0 in 5 overs
Rashid Khan is into the attack, replaces Shami. Kishan tries to go bit as it is pitched slightly short but fails to connect and that’s been the strategy for MI so far, attack every loose ball. Pitched up and Rohit slog sweeps it for a FOUR. Brilliant piece of fielding in the deep by Vijay Shankar to stop a four. Huge shout for a wicket, umpire is unmoved and Hardik opts for DRS straightaway. Appeal for both LBW and a catch that was completed by Tewatia at slip. Replay shows wickets missing and GT LOSES A REVIEW.
- May 12, 2023 19:494MI 43/0 in 4 overs
Mohit continues from the other end. Rohit has been dismissed nine times in the powerplay so far in this season, will this finally be a turnaround for the struggling skipper? Tight over so far from Mohit, giving away just two from three balls. Mohit goes short yet again and Kishan gets into position quick to smash it for a FOUR. Just six from the over
- May 12, 2023 19:426MI 37/0 in 3 overs
Shami continues. Short from Shami and Kishan pulls it for a maximum. Blistering start this for the Mumbai Indians. Mishit over long on and it falls safe, couple of runs there for Kishan. Huge fumble at the boundary line from Rashid Khan and he ends up faceplanting into the turf, a boundary check and thats safe, three runs off it. Rohit comes down the track and smacks it for a a six through the cover region! Huge over for MI, 17 from it
- May 12, 2023 19:386MI 20/0 in 2 overs - Rohit completes 200 IPL sixes for MI
Mohit Sharma into the attack. Starts off with a dot as Rohit defends on the back foot. Immediate field change from Hardik, third man comes up for Rohit. But it doesn’t matter, Mohit gives width and Rohit capitalises as he drives it through the covers for a FOUR. Much better line from Mohit as he attacks the stumps, huge shout as Rohit is trapped leg before but the umpire thinks otherwise. A tad bit short this time and Rohit slaps it sraight for yet anothe FOUR, much needed momentum for the MI skipper. Mohit takes the pace off this time and it’s a dot. Wankhede erupts as Rohit takes the ariel route to get a SIX off the final delivery, on the pads and it’s flicked deep into the stands. AND WITH THAT, ROHIT COMPLETES 200 IPL SIXES FOR MUMBAI INDIANS
- May 12, 2023 19:314MI 6/0 in 1 over
And we are underway. Mohammed Shami will open with the ball while Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma are in the middle for the Mumbai Indians. Two brilliant dots to begin with. On the legs this time, Kishan tries to flick it but all he can manage is a leg bye to kick the scoreboard off. Hint of swing from Shami, Rohit leans in an attempt to drive it but misses. Similar delivery but Rohit connects this time, good stop at extra covers as Rohit settles for a single. On the up and Kishan drives it straight for the first FOUR of the night. Six off the first over
- May 12, 2023 19:28Under five minutes to go
Gujarat has got the upper hand with the toss as in the last five matches at Wankhede, teams batting second has won. A win for GT will seal it’s playoffs berth while MI will target the third spot with a victory here.
- May 12, 2023 19:11Playing XIs
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Vishnu Vinod, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya
Subs:Akash Madhwal, Ramandeep Singh, Dewald Brevis, Sandeep Warrier, Hrithik Shokeen.
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Mohit Sharma, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Noor Ahmad
Subs: Shubman Gill, B. Sai Sudharsan, K.S. Bharat, Shivam Mavi, R. Sai Kishore
- May 12, 2023 19:06Fantasy picks
Wicketkeepers: Wriddhiman Saha, Ishan Kishan
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Shubman Gill, Nehal Wadhera
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Cameron Green
Bowlers: Piyush Chawla, Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan (c)
Team Composition: MI 6:5 GT Credits Left: 7.5
- May 12, 2023 19:04Team news
Gujarat Titans will play with an unchanged side. Despite Tilak Varma being fit and available, Rohit Sharma’s side will play with the same 11 tonight
- May 12, 2023 19:00Hardik wins toss
Hardik Pandya wins the toss and Gujarat Titans will bowl first!
The captains have walked into the middle and it is time for toss!
- May 12, 2023 18:56IPL 2023 stats at Wankhede stadium
Matches played: 5
Batting first wins: 1
Batting second wins: 4
Average 1st innings total: 193
- May 12, 2023 18:29Predicted playing 11s
MI Predicted XI (Batting first): Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma/Tristan Stubbs, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Piyush Chawla, 9 Kumar Kartikeya/Raghav Goyal, Chris Jordan Akash Madhwal
MI Predicted XI (Bowling first): Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Cameron Green, Tilak Varma/Tristan Stubbs, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Piyush Chawla, 9 Kumar Kartikeya/Raghav Goyal, Chris Jordan, Akash Madhwal, Arjun Tendulkar/Arshad Khan
Impact Player options: Kumar Kartikeya, Vishnu Vinod, Arshad Khan, Trsitan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis.
Gujarat Titans Predicted XI (Batting first): Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Shami.
Gujarat Titans Predicted XI (Bowling first): Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Shami, Joshua Little.
Gujarat Titans impact sub options: Joshua Little, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, R. Sai Kishore, B. Sai Sudharsan.
- May 12, 2023 18:22Gujarat’s last five toss results
vs MI: Lost the toss, forced to bat - Won by 55 runs (Ahmedabad)
vs KKR: Won the toss, opted to bowl - Won by seven wickets (Kolkata)
vs DC: Lost the toss, forced to bowl - Lost by five runs (Ahmedabad)
vs RR: Lost the toss, forced to bowl - Won by nine wickets (Jaipur)
vs LSG: Lost the toss, forced to bat - Won by 56 runs (Ahmedabad)
- May 12, 2023 18:22Mumbai’s previous five toss results
vs GT: Won the toss, elected to bowl - Lost by 55 runs (Ahmedabad)
vs RR: Lost the toss, forced to bowl - Won by six wickets (Mumbai)
vs PBKS: Won the toss, elected to bowl - Won by six wickets (Mohali)
vs CSK: Lost the toss, forced to bat - Lost by six wickets (Chennai)
vs RCB: Won the toss, elected to bowl - Won by six wickets (Mumbai)
- May 12, 2023 18:13MI OVERALL RECORD AT WANKHEDE STADIUM IN IPL
Matches played: 76
Last result: Beat RCB by six wickets (May 2023)
Last five results: Won - 3; Lost - 2
- May 12, 2023 18:00IPL 2023 points table
With a win here, GT will take a step closer to a top two finish while MI can jump to third with a victory
- May 12, 2023 17:52MI VS GT HEAD-TO-HEAD IN IPL
Matches played: 2
Mumbai Indians won: 1
Gujarat Titans won: 1
Last result: Gujarat Titans won by 55 runs (Ahmedabad)
- May 12, 2023 17:45Tilak boost for Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians has been handed a major boost as Tilak Varma is fit and available today. Tilak missed the previous match after picking up a niggle during practice.
- May 12, 2023 17:39Catch the latest episode of Wednesdays with WV where Mayank Agarwal talks about the challenges of being a professional cricketer
- May 12, 2023 17:32SQUADS
Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Ramandeep Singh, Dewald Brevis, Raghav Goyal, Vishnu Vinod, Riley Meredith, Shams Mulani, Arjun Tendulkar, Tilak Varma, Hrithik Shokeen, Duan Jansen, Sandeep Warrier, Jason Behrendorff, Chris Jordan
Hardik Pandya(c), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R. Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Dasun Shanaka (replacement), Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma.
- May 12, 2023 17:28STREAMING/TELECAST INFORMATION
The Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Titans IPL match will be telecast live on the Star Sports network. The match can also be live streamed on JioCinema.
- May 12, 2023 17:24PREVIEW
A win at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday will ensure a top-two finish in the league stage for Gujarat Titans, whereas for Mumbai Indians, it’s a must-win game in a bid to stay in the hunt for the Indian Premier League playoffs.
From reeling at the eighth spot on the points table, Mumbai Indians has moved into the top-four after chasing down 200 runs inside 17 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in its last game. Featuring in yet another home fixture, MI will be wary of a slip-up.
Though the Titans are in a comfortable position, the team management does not want to take things easy. “It’s a contest between two very strong sides… I don’t think we can take anything for granted. You’ve seen at times when you think the game’s wrapped up, there have been twists in the tale and it has happened on a number of occasions. It would be ill-advised to take opponents for granted,” Titans’ director of cricket Vikram Solanki said.
With Mohammed Shami and Rashid Khan - the joint highest-wicket takers in the tournament so far with 19 scalps each, along with Tushar Deshpande - at the helm, Titans have a lethal bowling attack. Shami has been effective with the new ball, whereas Rashid and his compatriot Noor Ahmad, have been Titans’ go-to-men for breakthroughs in the middle-overs.
However, Mumbai Indians has gone past 200-plus totals in three out of its last four games, and it would be interesting to see how the Titans bowlers plan against the home team.
Suryakumar Yadav is back in his element and the five-time champion side has gained the momentum. Though captain Rohit Sharma’s struggling form has been a concern, the return of Tilak Varma will be a boost for the home team.
With Ishan Kishan, too, providing steady starts and the young Nehal Wadhera stamping his class against RCB, the Mumbai outfit does look strong on the batting front.
In its last home game against LSG, the Titans rode on openers Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill to put up a 200-plus total. On Wankhede’s surface, which has aided the batters, expectations will be high from the duo. The two batted in the nets for long on Thursday evening, hoping to get back in shape after enjoying a short and much-deserved break.
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