The Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians are set to clash in today's Eliminator match at Chennai. These two teams have faced each other three times in the history of IPL, with Lucknow emerging victorious in all three encounters.
Lucknow, having secured a playoff spot for the second consecutive year, will enter this game with a great deal of confidence. On the other hand, Mumbai has made a comeback to the playoffs after failing to qualify in the previous two seasons and will also be brimming with confidence. Today's match promises to be an exhilarating contest between these two teams!
Head to Head
MI - 0, LSG - 3
Last 5 matches
MI - L W W L W
LSG - NR L W W W
MI - 7 Win, 7 Lost
LSG - 0 Win, 1 Lost
MI - 1 Win, 2 Lost
LSG - 0 Win, 1 Lost
After a span of 9 years, the Mumbai Indians find themselves in an Eliminator match. Despite their remarkable feat of winning 5 IPL trophies, Mumbai has had a rather average record in Eliminator matches, managing to win only 1 out of 3 encounters. Their path to the playoffs was paved by a crucial victory against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a must-win game.
In that match, SRH put up a formidable total of 200 runs on the scoreboard, courtesy of an impressive opening partnership between Vivrant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal, who added a solid 140 runs for the first wicket. However, Mumbai Indians displayed their batting prowess by successfully chasing down the target in just 18 overs. Cameron Green played a stellar innings, scoring his maiden IPL century to propel MI towards victory.
Mumbai's top order has been the primary contributor of runs, complemented by a strong batting lineup in the lower order. Nevertheless, their bowling unit has struggled to maintain consistency, except for the impressive performances by Akash Madhwal, who has been in excellent form and claimed 4 wickets in the last game.
It is worth noting that Mumbai has faced challenges in their previous three matches at the Chepauk stadium and is yet to secure a victory against Lucknow. Therefore, breaking these streaks poses a significant challenge for Rohit Sharma and his teammates as they strive to emerge victorious in this crucial encounter.
Probable XI : Rohit, Ishan, Green, Surya, Tilak/Wadhera, Tim David, Karthikeya/Hritik, Chawla, Akash, Behrendorff, Jordan/Meridith
(Considering more left handers in LSG, MI might bring back Hritik shokeen)
Lucknow Super Giants have made a timely resurgence in the tournament, securing three consecutive victories to secure a spot in the playoffs. This will be their second Eliminator match, with their previous loss against RCB primarily attributed to Rajat Patidar's remarkable century.
In their previous encounter against Mumbai, Lucknow Super Giants posted a formidable total of 177 runs for the loss of three wickets in 20 overs. Marcus Stoinis played a pivotal role, scoring 89 runs off 47 deliveries. However, Mumbai fell short by a narrow margin of five runs, managing to reach a total of 172 runs. The hero of the match was Mohsin Khan, who defended 11 runs in the final over.
While Lucknow's top order has been somewhat unsettled, their middle order batsmen have displayed consistent performances. In terms of bowling, the team possesses a plethora of options, which is a positive aspect for them. Despite both teams appearing evenly matched on paper, Lucknow Super Giants hold the advantage due to their superior bowling attack in comparison to Mumbai.
Probable XI : Karan Sharma, De Kock, P Mankad, Stoinis, Pooran, Badoni, Krunal, Yash Thakur, Bishnoi, Mohsin, Mishra/Naveen
(Considering Chepauk pitch, Lucknow might bring back Amit Mishra)
Rohit v Mishra - 87 runs, 7 outs (96 SR)
Ishan v Mishra - 8 runs, 3 outs (100 SR)
Surya v Mishra - 23 runs, 0 out (153 SR)
Rohit v Bishnoi - 34 runs, 2 out (110 SR)
Ishan v Bishnoi - 21 runs, 3 outs (100 SR)
Surya v Bishnoi - 29 runs, 3 outs (116 SR)
Rohit v Krunal - 15 runs, 1 out (100 SR)
Surya v Krunal - 36 runs, 0 out (124 SR)
Rohit v Naveen - 39 runs, 0 out (195 SR)
T David v Naveen - 45 runs, 0 out (136 SR)
Ishan v Stoinis - 43 runs, 1 out (143 SR)
Surya v Stoinis - 32 runs, 1 out (152 SR)
de Kock v Jordan - 59 runs, 4 out (144 SR)
Stoinis v Jordan - 151 runs, 0 out (248 SR)
Pooran v Jordan - 55 runs, 1 out (120 SR)
de Kock v Chawla - 9 runs, 2 out (64 SR)
Pooran v Chawla - 18 runs, 0 out (257 SR)
Krunal v Chawla - 68 runs, 1 out (189 SR)
Stoinis v Behrendroff - 37 runs, 1 out (116 SR)
Form Update (last 5 IPL innings)
Ravi Bishnoi is expected to be a key factor in the Chepauk conditions, which are likely to favor spin. With 16 wickets to his name this season and an impressive economy rate of 7.76, Bishnoi has proven to be a formidable force. Notably, he has dismissed Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan a total of 8 times in IPL, with all three batsmen averaging a mere 10.5 against him.
Cameron Green showcased his potential in the last game against SRH by scoring his maiden T20 century, contributing significantly to MI's victory. Throughout the season, Green has amassed 381 runs in 14 innings, boasting an impressive average of 54.43 and a strike rate of 159.41. Additionally, he has made an impact with the ball, picking up six wickets.
Marcus Stoinis has emerged as the leading run-scorer for Lucknow Super Giants this season. With 368 runs to his name and a strike rate of 150.20, Stoinis has played a crucial role in the team's success. He also showcased his all-round abilities by picking up five wickets. Stoinis was awarded the Player of the Match when Lucknow last faced Mumbai.
Suryakumar Yadav has been in sensational form with the bat this season, accumulating 511 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 185.14. He played a heroic innings of 71* off 54 deliveries the last time Mumbai played in the playoffs at Chennai.
Piyush Chawla has been the leading wicket-taker for Mumbai this season, claiming an impressive tally of 20 wickets at an economy rate of 7.81. Notably, he has never remained wicketless in the eight matches he has played at Chepauk, demonstrating his consistency and impact.