Mumbai Indians would be taking on Gujarat Lions at the former’s home ground today in the 16th match of Vivo IPL 2017.MI have won their last game handsomely against RCB courtesy some heroics down the order from Pollard and Krunal Pandya.They are now on a winning spree and would want to continue with that.What’s more interesting is the fact that Wankhede Stadium has been a fortress for them.Now this match too would be played at Wankhede in Mumbai.Gujarat Lions on the flip side have also witnessed success as they defeated RPS by a whopping 7 wicket margin.Although the fan support for Mumbai Indians would be huge at this venue, Gujarat Lions still have the batting firepower to outplay the hosts.
Batting Woes For Mumbai Indians up the order
Mumbai Indians although won their last two games quite dramatically but there was one interesting pattern that could be seen.It was the failure of the top order to make any sort of contribution in the match.The likes of Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma and Jos Buttler have failed to trouble the scorers on many occasions.It was the late flourish from batsmen like Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Pollard and Nitish Rana that has saved the day from them.In such a competitive tournament such reliance on the lower order can be fatal at crucial stages.Hence MI would want to sort things out in that department.
Things Improving for Gujarat Lions
Gujarat Lions on the other hand have upped their game with the top order comprising of Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina taking the bowling to the cleaners.They have the kind of explosive batting lineup that can destroy any kind of bowling day in and day out.In their last game against the Rising Pune Supergiant they demolished the bowling attack of RPS and won by a margin of 7 wickets which is quite huge in terms of T20 format.
Who Will Win, Prediction
As we said above, MI have the home advantage today but Gujarat Lions do have the capability to annihilate their bowling.With all the factors taken into equation, we can have a GL vs MI Match Prediction below:
GL Winning Chances: 49%
Mumbai Indians Winning Chances: 51%
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Date and Time: 16:00 IST, April 16 (Sunday)
It would be an interesting match when these two equally matched teams will collide today.