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IPL 2022 – Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Match 26 Preview

Is there enough life in Mumbai Indians after the first round of punching to go the distance in IPL 2022?

Among all the not-so-joyous news that has come MI’s way in the previous several weeks, there is one bright spot: their caravan’s stay in Pune has come to an end, and they are now returning to the more familiar climates and conditions of Mumbai.

However, with results not coming their way, they have made far too many changes to their liking – and with little success. The playing circumstances at the Brabourne Stadium, where they will face their next challenge on Saturday afternoon, will be less dynamic than those in Pune, allowing the management to focus on their perfect combination more easily.

While MI’s experiments may have been a little forced, the in-form KL Rahul-led side pulled some surprise adjustments in their batting order against Rajasthan Royals, finally falling three runs short of the mark to break a three-match winning streak.

But not much has gone wrong for them thus far in their first IPL season, and with Marcus Stoinis available, they have their best lineup available against the hosts. Despite the fact that the squad has been performing well thus far, numerous players have yet to reach their optimum performance levels. Two tight losses in five games have dropped them outside the top four on the points table, a position from which they would want immediate ascension. If they succeed, the Mumbai Indians will suffer their sixth consecutive defeat, a streak from which neither the Mumbai Indians nor any other club has ever recovered and made it to the playoffs.

Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Match 26 – Pitch Report


The Mumbai Indians, who have played their last three games in the evenings in Pune, will face slightly hotter temperatures due to the afternoon start. Expect a run-fest with the available narrow bounds. The coin toss may not play a significant impact in this event.


Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Match 26 – Tactics and Lineups


Mumbai Indians


Mumbai Indians may try to strengthen their lower middle order, especially because Lucknow Super Giants have struggled in the death overs. LSG seamers have averaged 10.87, while their spinners have leaked 83 runs in six overs during this phase (ER 13.83).


Probable XI – Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Fabian Allen, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat/Basil Thampi, Tymal Mills


Lucknow Super Giants


No side has used more spin in the middle overs than LSG, and they also lead the wickets statistics for this phase, all at less than a run-a-ball. LSG has a wide range of spin in its armoury, which they use carefully on a case-by-case basis. K Gowtham was utilised against left-hander-heavy sides such as DC and RR, whereas Krunal was not employed at all against RR. Ravi Bishnoi has had some success against MI batsmen (Surya, Rohit, Kishan, and Pollard) and has kept them quiet.


Probable XI – KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Deepak Hooda, Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, K Gowtham, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan


Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Match 26 – Trivia


The Mumbai Indians have suffered five defeats in the first five games of the 2022 season. Only twice in the history of the IPL has a club experienced a longer losing streak at the start of the season, with Delhi Daredevils in 2013 and RCB in 2019.

Mumbai Indians’ five defeats are also their joint-longest losing streak in the IPL. They lost their first five matches in the 2014 edition and their first four matches in 2015, which was preceded by a loss in the previous season’s Eliminator.

Ishan Kishan’s strike rate in T20s this year is merely 122.63 outside of the Powerplay.