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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma wins toss and opts to beat first

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will face Mumbai Indians (MI) at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 playoff eliminator on Wednesday.

MI qualified for the playoffs after Gujarat Titans (GT) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final group stage match of the season on Sunday. LSG, on the other hand, were tied on 17 points with CSK but had to take third place in the table due to a lower net run rate than the MS Dhoni side.

LSG has often taken the horse approach to lessons in this campaign. They’ve changed their batting order a bit since KL Rahul was sidelined with an injury.

Therefore, it’s possible they’ll look to bolster the first order with domestic talent to counter the rotational conditions at Chepauk. Therefore, MI might want to bring the duo of Hrithik Shokeen and Kumar Kartikeya into the XI in their bowling innings so that Piyush Chawla has good support on the other side when the pitch slows down further.

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Scheduled Game XI

Lucknow Super Giants: Karan Sharma, Quinton de Kock (wk), Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya (c), Ayush Badoni, Nicholas Pooran, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan

Impact player: Amit Mishra

Bombay Indians: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Jason Behrendorff, Chris Jordan

Impact player: Akash Madwal

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Key player to watch

Krunal Pandya (Super Giants of Lucknow)

Krunal Pandya is a shrewd spinner who knows how to optimize such conditions. He can stifle MI batsmen in the middle and could even play on the power play to counter Rohit Sharma.

Additionally, Krunal will be exceptionally handy with the bat if MI unleashes their troika of spinners on the LSG batsmen. The captain will need to deliver a hard-hitting performance to lead his team to Qualifier 2.

Piyush Chawla (Mumbai Indians)

Piyush Chawla has played with 20 dismissals in 14 games this season, taking steady breakouts, especially in the middle. He will relish the opportunity to bowl on a friendly lane like Chepauk because he really has the smarts to bother foreign LSG batsmen on such a surface.

Current form

Lucknow Super Giants – WWWL-NR

Mumbai Indians – WLWWL

Predicted winning team

LSG arguably have a more refined spin attack at their disposal and that, coupled with Mumbai’s apparent struggles in grounds that don’t favor batsmen in outright favor, should ensure Lucknow progress to Qualifier 2 from this match.

Presentation report

The average first-inning score in six T20Is at this track is 150, suggesting a fair battle between bat and ball is expected Wednesday.

Where to look?

The match will be broadcast live on Star Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. and will be simultaneously broadcast digitally on the JioCinema app.


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