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IPL 2022 – The BEST Mumbai Indians Playing XI to face the Gujarat Titans

The Mumbai Indians will face the Gujarat Titans in Match 51 of the IPL 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. Both clubs would be coming into this match with opposing results. In their previous match, MI overcame the in-form Rajasthan Royals by five wickets, while GT was defeated by Punjab Kings by eight wickets.

The victory enabled MI to earn their first points of the season after eight previous tries. With them out of contention for the playoffs this season, the five-time champions will like to salvage some honor by winning their final games. Meanwhile, Mumbai will field the same Playing XI that assisted them in opening their account in the first place.

Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at the BEST Mumbai Indians Playing XI to face the Gujarat Titans.

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan continue to open the innings

 

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Skipper Rohit Sharma has struggled with the bat this season, amassing only 155 runs from nine games, with his top score being 41. The ‘Hitman’ has gotten off to a few solid starts but has yet to turn them into impactful scores. He’d like to put things right this time.

Ishan Kishan, on the other hand, has failed terribly to justify his expensive price tag, managing only a couple of half-centuries in what has turned out to be a terrible campaign for Mumbai Indians. He scored an 18-ball 26 in the last encounter and is now looking forward to putting on a much better showing.

 

Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, and Tim David strengthen the middle order

 

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Tim David was MI’s hero in the previous game. He rose up and supplied the finishing touch with an undefeated nine-ball 20 just when it appeared the former champions would lose their way in a manageable chase. Suryakumar Yadav’s 51 runs off 39 deliveries set the tone for Mumbai Indians, who had lost Ishan Kishan after a promising start.

Mumbai Indians could have been in trouble if it hadn’t been for youngster Tilak Varma’s tidy 35 runs off 30 balls. He played a superb supporting role, scoring 81 runs with Yadav for the third wicket.

 

Kieron Pollard and Hrithik Shokeen come in as the all-rounder duo

 

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To say the least, Kieron Pollard’s performances this season have been underwhelming. He has only scored 125 runs in nine innings, with one undefeated knock and the best score of 25. Simultaneously, the Caribbean sensation has struggled to make an impression in the wickets column, with only three scalps to his record.

Hrithik Shokeen, on the other hand, has scored 25 runs in three appearances and taken two wickets at an economy rate of nine. He would like to see his team finish on a strong note with a couple more outstanding performances.

 

Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya and Riley Meredith form the bowling attack

 

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In terms of his reputation as a seasoned campaigner, Daniel Sams has not been very impressive with the ball in hand. In six games, he has only taken seven wickets. Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has been off-colored this time, to say the least. Despite appearing in all nine of MI’s games, the premier speedster has only five kills to his name.

Debutant Kumar Kartikeya bowled an economical 1/19 against RR, dismissing skipper Sanju Samson early on. He would like to put up a similar display in the future. Riley Meridith’s 2/24 shattered Rajasthan’s momentum, limiting them to a reasonable total despite Jos Buttler’s quickfire hit.