Struggling MI takes on LSG, aiming to stop slide

Bombay: Virtually out of the playoff race and struggling on multiple fronts, a horribly out of control Mumbai Indians will need a special team effort to stop their slide when they take on Lucknow Super Giants in an IPL match in the return leg here on Sunday.

With seven losses in as many games, MI is winless this season and languishing at the bottom with nothing going right for the five-time champion, who failed to win the crucial moments and will need a miracle to reach the play-offs. to get offs.

Lucknow, on the other hand, was looking good with four wins from seven games, but they are coming into the game after losing 18 runs to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

However, the fact that LSG defeated MI by 18 runs in their first leg will give them confidence.

MI has done well in patches but never looked like a unit, prompting former Australian batter Chris Lynn to spark speculation about a rift in camp following their latest defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.

The defeat also gave MI the dubious record of becoming the first team in IPL history to lose the first seven games in a season.

Skipper Rohit Sharma also seemed to have no idea what is going wrong with the team.

“It’s hard to put our finger on anything, but we’re not starting the game well. When you lose quick wickets, you always play the catch,’ Sharma had said after their last game.

One of the reasons for MI’s downfall is the poor form of openers Sharma and Ishant Kishan.

While both were out for a duck against CSK, Kishan outperformed his skipper slightly, scoring 191 runs against 114 runs from Sharma.

Tilak Varma and Suryakumar Yadav have produced some good shots, while the young Dewald Brevis also shone in a few matches, but lacked a collective effort in the mid-range.

With just 96 runs, all-rounder Kieron Pollard has failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise, who decided to keep him.

In bowling, MI has mainly relied on Jasprit Bumrah, while the rest looked sad.

While Daniel Sams was good against CSK by four wickets, domestic veteran Jaydev Unadkat’s failure to defend 17 runs in the final sums up their campaign.

The rest of the bowlers including Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi or lead spinner Murugan Ashwin have also gone for a lot of runs.

Australian Riley Meredith and debutant Hrithik Shokeen had a decent outing, but MI will have to put in a much superior effort to tame LSG’s formidable at bat at Wankhede Stadium.

Lucknow’s strikes were led by skipper KL Rahul (265 runs), who had slammed an unbeaten 60-ball 103 the last time the two teams faced each other on April 16.

He is the second highest points scorer this season. Other opener Quinton de Kock (215 runs) was also in a good rhythm.

While Krunal Pandya was the top scorer against RCB, young Ayush Badoni and Deepak Hooda couldn’t convert their starts and have to step up when the going gets tough.

In bowling, the duo of Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi have served them well, with LSG having the luxury of some quality all-rounders such as Jason Holder and Marcus Stoinis.

In the multi-talented duo, the newcomers have two powerful players who add a lot of depth in both bowling and batting.

The teams (of):

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, SuryakumarYadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Mayank Markande, Murugan , Riley Meredith, Tymal Mills, Arshad Khan, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (c), Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Quinton De Kock, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Andrew Tye, Marcus Stoinis, Kyle Mayers, Karan Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder.

Match starts 7.30pm IST.

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