The Mumbai Indians will take on the table-toppers Gujarat Titans on May 6 in Match 51 of IPL 2022 at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. Both teams would face this confrontation based on contrasting results. While MI in-form defeated Rajasthan Royals by five wickets in their previous encounter, GT went to Punjab Kings by eight wickets.
The win helped MI register their first-ever points of the current season after eight failed attempts. Now out of the race for the playoffs this season, the five-time winners would like to save their pride by winning their remaining games. Meanwhile, Mumbai would not hesitate to use the same Playing XI that helped them open their account in the first place.
Here is the Mumbai Indians’ predicted Playing XI for Match 51 of IPL 2022:
Openers: Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan
skipper Rohit Sharma hasn’t had good contact with the bat all season, racking up just 155 runs from nine games, with the highest score being 41. The ‘Hitman’ got off to a good start a few times but failed to convert them into impactful scores . This time he hopes to make it right.
On the other hand, Ishan Kishan has failed miserably to justify its hefty price tag as he had only managed a few half-centuries in what turned out to be a bleak campaign for the Mumbai Indians. He scored an 18-ball 26 in the last game and should now look forward to a much better performance.
Middle Order: Tim David, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma
Tim David was MI’s hero in the last game. Just when it looked like the former champions would lose their way in a manageable chase, he got up and added the finishing touch with an unbeaten 9-ball 20. Suryakumar Yadav’s 51 runs from 39 deliveries paved the way for Mumbai Indians just as they lost Ishan Kishan after a good start.
Without the handy 35 runs from the younger Tilak Varma on 30 balls, the Mumbai Indians could have been in a precarious situation. He played a good supporting role to perfection adding 81 runs with Yadav for the third wicket score.
Allrounders: Kieron Pollard and Hrithik Shokeen
Kieron Pollard’s performance this season has been disappointing to say the least. He only managed 125 runs from nine matches with one unbeaten knock and the highest score of 25. At the same time, the Caribbean sensation has also failed miserably to make an impact in the wickets column with just three scalps to his name.
On the other hand, budding cricketer Hrithik Shokeen has scored 25 runs in three outings and picked up two wickets at a bargain rate of nine. He would like to help his team bend at a high level, with a few more notable achievements.
Bowlers: Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya and Riley Meredith
Daniel Sams hasn’t impressed much with the ball in hand, as far as his reputation as a seasoned campaigner goes. He has managed just seven wickets from six matches. Spearhead tempo Jasper Bumrah is uncolored this time to say the least. Although he has played in all nine of MI’s games, the first-class speedster has only five scalps to his credit.
Debutant Kumar Kartikeya threw a 1/19 economic streak against RR, taking on skipper Sanju Samson early on. He hopes to show a similar performance again. Riley Meridith’s 2/24 completely damaged Rajasthan’s momentum, ultimately limiting them to a manageable total despite Jos Buttler’s quick knock.
Here’s the Mumbai Indians’ Predicted Playing XI
Predicted play XI: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tim David, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Hrithik Shokeen, Daniel Sams, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith.