The last time these two sides faced each other, Nitish Rana found himself at the helm of things. A young Delhi batsman, who had made a name for himself in the domestic circuit for his powerful hitting, was now leading a side full of world class stroke makers to victory, and that too single handedly. He has cemented his place as the number 3 batsman for Mumbai, keeping Rohit Sharma away from the top order, something that he’ll be extremely proud about.
Gujarat Lions have undergone a major makeover since that loss, investing a little in their bowling to balance their team out. Lions were wasteful in the auction, not opting for any word class T20 bowler and bringing in Jason Roy instead, despite having so much firepower up top. Half the season has passed and they have just about found their best combination. The IPL can be won only by teams who figure out their best combination in the first 4 games.
Irfan Pathan’s inclusion could provide them with some much needed balance. But they absolutely need to get rid of Faulkner as he provides no value addition to their side.
Mumbai would welcome Ambati Rayudu, who has recovered from his injury, but I don’t think he’ll be drafted into the XI at this point because of the winning run that Mumbai are on. But if they are wise, they could leave out Parthiv, open with Rohit and draft Ambati into the middle order, thereby fielding their best possible XI. Jos Buttler should don the gloves in this case.
Let’s get to business now!
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