The first match of Sunday 16th April is Mumbai Indians v Gujarat Lions who have just registered their first win against the Rising Pune Supergiant on Friday night. Listen in to Shruti’s prediction or just read on.
With Mumbai winning a couple of tight matches and Gujarat appearing to get their mojo back, this is seeming like a tough competition – the cards show both teams having a tough time, but before I get into picking my team, let’s look at the home side first – the Mumbai Indians. Batting starts and goes through quite nicely, but they will need to be careful on how they finish – they may not be able to capitalise on opportunities too well. The same goes for their bowling – there appears to be waves of inconsistencies. What does work for Mumbai is their ability to be resolute, with at least one player stepping up and taking responsibility.
Gujarat Lions, somewhere feel quietly confident, they feel they’re very close to understanding and playing the right set of players. What may not work too well for them today could be their batting, it doesn’t really take off like we would expect it to – especially after their last game. Bowling too takes time to settle, but then does manage to be quite potent.
My reason to choose a team today is not because the team will do well, it’s because the opposition may not do well. So it’s tarot advantage Mumbai Indians more because the Gujarat Lions could mess up and miss a good opportunity to win.