What Is The Cricket Match Today? Expected Changes, Winner Prediction
Rohit Sharma playing a shot for MI (AP Photo)
The Eliminator of IPL 2023 is here! This is the game where the temperament of the two teams involved would be put into a stern test, it is all about handling pressure and a team that losses will see their dreams of lifting the IPL 2023 title, shattered forever.
The two teams are Mumbai Indians (MI), the five-time champions and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) who were knocked out in the Eliminator in the 2022 season as well. The team that wins this game will face GT in the Qualifier 2 and let's see how teams go about their business in this high-octane encounter.
What is the venue of MI vs LSG Eliminator?
The venue of this MI vs LSG Eliminator is M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Chennai. It is fondly called as the Chepauk Stadium and the conditions are expected to assist spinners at this venue. LSG beat MI in the league stage in Lucknow but this is a phase where MI play their best cricket and let's see how LSG tackle the MI threat in this game.
What are the expected changes for MI in this Eliminator?
Mumbai Indians are coming into this game on the back of a convincing win and though the conditions would be different in Chennai, we can expect MI to go with the same XI. They have two spin-bowling options with Chawla and Kartikeya. However, with plenty of left-handers in LSG's line-up, Hrithik Shokeen can come in place of Kartikeya. However, Kartikeya has been in good form and MI might back him.
Expected Playing XI of MI
Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan (WK), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Kumar Kartikeya, Akash Madhwal
Impact Player: Tilak Varma (He will slot into XI when MI bats)
What are the expected changes for LSG in this Eliminator?
Karan Sharma opened with Quinton de Kock in the last game but has failed to show his potential so far. LSG might try Manan Vohra or Karun Nair in this game and rest of the squad is likely to remain same.
Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock (WK), Prerak Mankad, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya (C), Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, K Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mohsin Khan.
Impact Player - Yash Thakur (He will slot into the XI when LSG bowls)
Both teams have quality players in their line-up but MI have experience of delivering under pressure in past and we can expect them to win this game as well.