Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Apr 24, 07:30 PM LOCAL
The 2022 edition of the Indian T20 League is halfway done and in match number 37, Lucknow will take on Mumbai in the return fixture at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Lucknow looked like a team in form but the last couple of matches haven’t gone their way and they need to get back to winning ways in order to stay in touching distance with the teams at the top.
Mumbai on the other hand have had an abysmal season so far and have lost seven games out of seven. In the previous meeting between these two teams, Lucknow skipper KL Rahul hit an unbeaten century to guide his side to victory.
Apart from the skipper, the top order has recently been a bit out of form and the likes of Quinton de Kock and Manish Pandey have to fire and not just rely on the likes of Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni and Marcus Stoinis at the end.
Avesh Khan has led the bowling well but they need to be more consistent. For Mumbai, only Suryakumar Yadav has been consistent but no one else has supported him, leading to loss after loss.
Their bowling has been well under par as well with Jasprit Bumrah not quite at his best and Jaydev Unadkat failing to defend 17 runs in the fi‐ nal over in their previous match as well. Mumbai are all but out of the tournament and just need a win to sort of get their season going. Lucknow will also be looking to get back to winning ways and it will be an exciting watch. Who are you backing?
What to expect: While the initial few games at the Wankhede stadium saw not too high totals, the last two games here have been high-scoring. RCB posted 189/5 against DC while RR, going up against the same team, posted 222/2 the highest total in this edition of the IPL. Both matches were won by teams batting first despite chasing being the preferred choice.
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. There cannot be enough said about this ground. The Eden Gardens is no doubt the oldest stadium in India but the cricketing cauldron of the country lies in the city of Mumbai.
The stadium came into existence due to disputes between the CCI and the MCA, two cricketing bodies that have their offices in the city. The CCI-owned Brabourne Stadium was the main venue till then and some issues with MCA caused S.K.Wankhede, the secretary of the latter and also a politician to build a brand-new stadium.
It was made in 1975 and hosted its first Test the same year against the Windies. Since then, the Wankhede stadium has been the main cricketing venue in the city. It plays hosts to the Indian cricket team, the Mumbai Ranji team and the Mumbai franchise in the Indian Twenty20 league.
The ground underwent reconstruction before the 2011 World Cup and was then made ready to host the final of the mega-event. The renovation was done for the breeze to be able to flow freely across the stadium and also for the viewers to watch the game without hindrances.
The ground has seen a number of brilliant games being played here, international and domestic. The most important game held so far will have to be the 2011 World Cup final when India lifted the trophy after 28 years.
It’s home to two of the biggest names, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, and the latter also played his 200th Test and final international game at the same venue. With a capacity of around 33, 000 and a closed amphitheatre-type formation, it gets really loud at times.
Short boundaries and a true pitch more often than not promise a good game. As of now, it has hosted more than 50 international games and there is no reason why the ground will not go on to host more.
Lucknow Super Giants
Tactics & match-ups: While Suryakumar Yadav has been in prolific form in 2022, LSG have good match-ups to negate his threat. Between Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi, they have dismissed Suryakumar four times while conceding only 20 runs in 25 balls. Meanwhile, Avesh also has a good record against Rohit Sharma, having dismissed him twice in 13 balls while giving away only 11 runs.
Probable XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi
Tactics & match-ups: Jaydev Unadkat may not be a good option against the LSG openers. Quinton de Kock has scored 53 runs off 35 balls against him and hasn’t been dismissed by the left-arm pacer even once. Rahul too has a good record against Unadkat, having scored 88 runs in 53 balls at a strike rate of 166.03 while being dismissed only once. Rahul has also scored 124 off 99 balls off Bumrah and has been dismissed twice by Mumbai Indians’ pace spearhead. Rahul had a strike rate of 132.14 against Bumrah before this IPL but it came down to 125.25 as the bowler conceded only 13 off the 15 balls he bowled to the LSG captain in the last game.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin/Hrithik Shokeen, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah
Did you know?
– The game against LSG will be Mumbai Indians’ first match at the Wankhede Stadium since May 5, 2019. They have a win percentage of 62.7 at this venue.
– Ishan Kishan scored 135 runs in his first two matches of IPL 2022, at a strike rate of 148.35. Since then he has scored only 56 runs in the next five games at 76.71.
– LSG have struggled with their No. 3 batter. Manish Pandey’s 38 against MI is the highest while the next highest score is Evin Lewis’ 10 against GT.
What they said:
“When you speak about the squad and how they are looking, in terms of preparation and in terms of what their capabilities are, I have full faith in the squad. That’s how I look at it. It’s a team, we are going to back each other through and through. I would say this squad is definitely capable of stacking up wins together, and that’s what I want to see in the remainder of the season, and that’s what we will be looking to achieve. Having said that, you don’t want to look too far ahead. You just want to look at every game, one game at a time” – Zaheer Khan, Director of Cricket Operations for Mumbai Indians.
Lucknow Super Giants Squad: Quinton de Kock(w), KL Rahul(c), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Manan Vohra, Kyle Mayers, Evin Lewis, Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Andrew Tye, Mohsin Khan, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi, Anmolpreet Singh, Sanjay Yadav, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Rahul Buddhi, Arshad Khan