About the Match
Gujarat Lions in their debut season have already registered two consecutive wins to lead the pack with 4 points; they defeated Supergiants emphatically by 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare will look to gun down Mumbai Indians in the upcoming match on 16th April at Mumbai. The hosts started their campaign with a humiliating loss to Supergiants by 9 wickets but recovered ground when they emerged victorious against Knight Riders away from home to accumulate 2 points. Both teams will be eager to continue with their winning momentum on Saturday; it needs to be see which side can use the resources cleverly to pull off a win here.
Rohit Sharma’s return to form is a good sign for the reigning champions; he led from the front against KKR and smashed an unbeaten 84 off 54 deliveries to help chase down 188 runs. It was their first victory thanks to a good batting effort by Buttler, who scored a quick fire 41 off 22 balls and contributions by Patel and McClenaghan, who also took 2-25 in the first innings. Harbhajan Singh was effective but Pandya and others gave away too many runs.
The batting line-up was completely annihilated by the Supergiants; it was Harbhajan Singh’s 45 from 30 balls that took them to a respectable total of 121 runs. Rayudu also played a useful hand with 22 runs but the bowlers found it challenging to defend the meagre total.
Batsmen like Simmons, Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Pandya will have to step up here against a team that seems unstoppable at the moment; the bowling attack has a good mix of pace and spin but they will need to strategize well against the Lions on Saturday.
They have truly proven to be Lions on the field, hunting down their targets with ease and dominating the opposition; their latest conquest against the Dhoni-led Supergiants goes to show that this could be the team to look out for this season. Finch and Brendon McCullum partnered an 85-run opening stand
to start the chase for 164 in a strong manner; Suresh Raina and Bravo then belted out 20+ runs each to steer the team towards victory.
Earlier, bowlers Tambe and Bravo took 2 wickets each while Praveen Kumar and Faulkner were effective with the run-flow and restricted the visitors to 163.
Finch also stole the show in the win against Kings XI as he posted a brilliant 74 off just 47 deliveries during the chase for 162 runs; Dinesh Karthik contributed from the middle order with 41 off 26 while Raina added 20 runs to help them cross the finish line.
A superb effort by Bravo saw him claim 4 wickets giving away only 22 runs; Jadeja’s spin tactics helped them dismiss 2 batsmen. They have proven to be successful chasers till now and it needs to be seen if they can continue with their winning performance against Mumbai in their own backyard.
Mumbai made a comeback with a big win against KKR; with the home advantage, the batsmen would definitely try to come out all guns blazing here. The Lions have quite many tricks up their sleeves with both bat and ball; they would give a tough challenge to the hosts. The match has all the signs of being a livewire but we feel Mumbai will succeed in stopping the Lions juggernaut on Saturday