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IPL: Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Predictions



Match 26 of IPL will see the winless Mumbai Indians (MI) lock horns with Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

MI will be looking to earn their first points of the season for the first time in the franchise’s history (April 16).

Cricket fans have been stunned by the dismal form of the the five time IPL winners, MI.

Rohit Sharma’s side has lost all five matches so far and are yet to post any points on the table.

Newcomers LSG have performed creditably so far, winning three of their 5 matches so far.

Last match form and team news

LSG were unlucky to lose their last match against RR.

In a closely fought encounter at the Wankhede stadium, they were edged out by 3 runs, enabling RR to climb on top of the table.

Shimron Hetmyer’s impeccable 59*(36) was the highlight of the Rajasthan Royals innings  before Yuzvendra Chahal sparkled with a four-wicket haul as RR successfully defended the 165 run target in the last over.

However, LSG were very much in the game and had quite a few positives.

Quinton de Kock continued his fluent form and Marcus Stoinis gave a glimpse of his ability with an attractive 38 not out.

For Mumbai, it was a familiar tale of the top order failing to deliver and Suryakumar Yadav playing a lone hand.

But in a tournament like IPL, it is unfair to expect Surya to bail out MI each time.

The other big problem has been the lack of depth in MI’s bowling.

There has been zero support for Bumrah who is clearly feeling the pressure. Moreover, it appears that the batters of other franchises have worked out how to play Bumrah.

No wonder, Bumrah has been good in patches but has also been targeted successfully not just by batters but also all-rounders like like Pat Cummins.

Murugan Ashwin has been impressive but has not filled the big void left by Rahul Chahar.

The Hooda and Badoni factor

Deepak Hooda has been one of the most improved batters of IPL 2022.

He has looked good in all the matches and is brimming with confidence.

Interestingly, he has played big shots without taking risks, thereby giving the middle order a good mix of solidity and explosiveness.

Badoni looks like a batter for the future.

A fantastic find, he reminds us of Ajinkya Rahane when in full flow. His timings is out of the world and seems to like the high pressure situations.

The Badoni and Hooda combination is the X factor that can take LSG a really long way.

LSG’ bowling riches

Avesh Khan & Ravi Bishnoi are the star bowlers for LSG, while Holder has also taken wickets in the middle overs.

K Gowtham has also been impressive in the 2 matches he has played.

Dushmantha Chameera and Krunal Pandya are also handy bowlers.

Stoinis and Tye are experienced players who can always be relied upon to do a containing job or create a breakthrough.

Pitch report

The Brabourne square has been very versatile.

It has hosted both high run-scoring and low-end thrillers.

However, in the last couple of matches, the pitch has been a belter to bat on with the ball coming onto the bat nicely.

Performance of key LSG players against MI

KL Rahul 

Matches Runs Average Strike rate
14 661 66 128


Avesh Khan

Matches Wickets Average Economy rate
2 5 5.5 6


Quinton de Kock

Matches Runs Average Strike rate
7 161 26 115

Match details

Date – Friday, April 16, 2022

Time – 3:30 PM IST

Venue – Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

MI Likely 11

Rohit Sharma (c)- 108 runs

Ishan Kishan (wk) – 178 runs

Suryakumar Yadav- 163 runs

Tilak Varma- 157 runs

Kieron Pollard- 57 runs

Jaydev Unadkat 25 runs

Dewald Brevis- 86 runs, 1 wicket

Murugan Ashwin- 5 wickets

Tymal Mills- 6 wickets

Basil Thampi- 5 wickets

Jasprit Bumrah- 4 wickets

LSG Likely 11

KL Rahul (c): 132 Runs

Quinton de Kock (wk): 188 runs

Deepak Hooda: 155 runs

Ayush Badoni- 107 runs

Avesh Khan: 8 wickets

Krunal Pandya: 68, 3 wickets

Andrew Tye: 2 wickets

M Stoinis: 38 runs

Ayush Badoni- 107 runs

Jason Holder- 5 wickets

Evin Lewis- 71 runs

Ravi Bishnoi- 4 wickets

Who will win

LSG is clearly the team in better form but MI will be desperate to prove their detractors wrong.

Rohit Sharma is due for a big score and Tilak Varma is capable of being a game changer.

Based on the law of averages, MI could emerge winners.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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