Mumbai Indians look to put bowling woes aside against Gujarat Titans

It’s a game between two streak-broken sides.

While much of the spotlight has been on Mumbai’s batting failures, here’s the thing: in six of their games, Mumbai have had at least one over where they conceded 20 or more runs – the joint-most such games along with Chennai Super Kings and Royals. They have had eight such overs in the season so far, the joint-most with Royals.

And that’s indeed something that hasn’t missed head coach Mahela Jayawardene‘s keen eyes. “If you take four-five games, we have bowled well for 18 overs and we’ve had two big overs,” he said on Thursday. “We are one of those teams that has given 20-plus [runs] overs pretty much in every game and that has cost us at least four to five games. We need to make sure that you don’t go for big 20+ overs, even though we may get hit.”
The opponents have been smart to see off Jasprit Bumrah and target the other bowlers. This is evident from Bumrah’s economy rate of 6.87 since the first match (where he went for 43 in 3.2 overs) in return for just five wickets.

For Titans, it will be about how they gather themselves back after a batting failure. Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya have both failed together in the last few games, which has hampered the side. Having started the tournament on a stellar note, Pandya would want to put in a match-winning performance against his former team.

B Sai Sudharsan had landed awkwardly on his ankle while fielding in Titans’ last game and walked off the field. If he misses out, either Abhinav Manohar or Vijay Shankar could take his spot in the XI.

Gujarat Titans: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3 B Sai Sudharsan, 4 Hardik Pandya (capt), 5 David Miller, 6 Rahul Tewatia, 7 Rashid Khan, 8 Alzarri Joseph, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Pradeep Sangwan/Yash Dayal

Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Tilak Varma, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Tim David 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Hrithik Shokeen, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kumar Kartikeya, 11 Riley Meredith

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