After an extraordinary bowling performance by Akash Madhwal against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator, the five-time IPL champion Mumbai Indians is geared up for another strong showing as they face defending champions Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 2. The match will take place at Ahmedabad on Friday.
In their recent game, Mumbai Indians showcased their dominance with a resounding 81-run victory over Lucknow Super Giants, thanks to Madhwal’s incredible figures of five wickets for just five runs. This victory served as a warning to their competitors that Mumbai Indians can elevate their game even in the absence of star pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer.
Having finished last in the previous edition, Rohit Sharma’s team now has an opportunity to compete for their sixth IPL title. Players such as Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, and Tim David have risen to the challenges, forming the backbone of Mumbai Indians’ batting lineup. Additionally, the young Nehal Wadhera has made a significant impact on the team.
The Titans’ bowling attack, led by Mohammed Shami with 26 wickets in 15 matches, faces a stern test as they strive to contain Mumbai Indians’ strong batting unit, which has shown remarkable improvement in the latter stages of the tournament.
On the other hand, Gujarat Titans, who were outplayed by Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1, will be eager to bounce back in style. Their batting unit, particularly Shubman Gill and Vijay Shankar, has been the main source of runs in recent matches. Captain Hardik Pandya, however, has been going through a slump in form, scoring 8, 8, 4, and 25 in his last four innings. Additionally, middle-order batsman David Miller has failed to register a fifty this season and has struggled to reach double figures in his past three outings.
This Friday’s match will mark the third encounter between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians this season, with each team securing a victory in their previous encounters.