Mumbai Indians take on resurgent Gujarat Lions
High on confidence after one of their splendid run-chases across 10 editions, Mumbai Indians will like to continue their winning momentum against a resurgent Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League encounter, here on Sunday.
Gujarat have somewhat redeemed themselves after a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant while Mumbai have six points from four games shedding their poor starters tag.
One area where MI will like to focus on is their top- order collapse against RCB. Leg-spinner Samuel Badreetook a hat-trick but it was one of Kieron Pollard's best run-chases that sealed it for the Mumbai outfit.
Another area of concern would be skipper Rohit Sharma's inability to read the googly. Thrice he has played for the leg-break and was deceived by the wrong 'un bowled by Imran Tahir, Rashid Khan and Badree. With three sub-10 scores, Rohit would like to fire against the Gujarat Lions
especially on the Wankhede track, which is usually considered friendly for batsmen.
One of the biggest psoitives for Mumbai has been the form of Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal. They have made significant all-round contribution in all the matches.
Krunal impressed with his unbeaten innings of 37 off 30 balls in a pressure situation in the game against RCB after his 37 off 20 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
This apart, his restrictive left-arm spin has also helped the team in the middle overs.
The win showed Mumbai's ability to bounce back into the game from any stage but the team will like to dominate their opponents on Sunday in all departments. Harbhajan Singh has been fantastic in the Powerplay overs If Malinga plays on Sunday he would most likely replace Kiwi pacer
Tim Southee, who leaked runs in the game in Bangalore.
Another notable aspect will be lack of dew which becomes a factor during evening matches.
For Gujarat Lions, they would like to start with opening pair of Brandon McCullum and Dwayne Smith, both having regained form.
Also skipper Suresh Raina got some runs under his belt so as Aaron Finch, and this will boost their chances.
All the four batsman back in form would make any bowling attack in the world worry so of Mumbai's.