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MI vs LSG Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 67

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The MI vs LSG reverse fixture of IPL 2024 will be played in Mumbai. This is a must-win game for Lucknow Super Giants whose playoff chances are hanging by a thread. A loss for them will all but end their IPL 2024 campaign. They are heading into this game after three consecutive losses. They are all but out of the playoff race with multiple things needing to go right for them apart from them beating MI.

MI vs LSG Date and Venue

The MI vs LSG IPL 2024 match will be played at the Wankhede stadium on Friday, May 17. This is the last league game for both teams and a must-win game as said earlier for the Super Giants. 

MI vs LSG Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 67

Lucknow Super Giants 

A lot hinges on this match for the Lucknow Super Giants. The Super Giants lost their previous game against DC in Delhi. They have braved the challenge of playing their final three games away from home. Not everything has gone their way in the last few games but still, they find themselves within a chance of making the playoffs. There are some important tactical decisions to be made for the LSG management.

There are reports that KL Rahul might be benched for the last game. He has a good record against MI and the management should count on his experience in this crucial match. Their bowlers need to tighten up their line and length in this game. 

LSG Squad 

KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran, Ayush Badoni, Kyle Mayers, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen-ul-Haq, Krunal Pandya, Yudhvir Singh, Prerak Mankad, Yash Thakur, Amit Mishra, Shamar Joseph, Mayank Yadav, Mohsin Khan, K. Gowtham, Arshin Kulkarni, M. Siddharth, Ashton Turner, Matt Henry, Mohd. Arshad Khan

Mumbai Indians 

This is an inconsequential match for MI given that they are already eliminated from the tournament. However, they can very well play spoilsport in LSG's campaign. Mumbai Indians have won just one match against LSG in the history of the competition. They face a big challenge to end their campaign on a winning note. 

With MI already eliminated, it will be interesting to see whether they rest the players who have been selected in India's T20 World Cup squad like skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and SKY. Hardik has a chance to end his maiden captaincy stint on a positive note

MI Squad 

Hardik Pandya (C), Rohit Sharma, Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff (withdrawn), Romario Shepherd, , Gerald Coetzee, Dilshan Madushanka (injured, replaced by Kwena Maphaka), Shreyas Gopal, Nuwan Thushara, Naman Dhir, Anshul Kamboj, Mohammad Nabi, Shivalik Sharma, Luke Wood 

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MI vs LSG Key Battles

Rohit Sharma vs Mohsin Khan 

Rohit has an IPL of two halves. He scored almost 300 runs in the first seven games and has struggled extensively in the last seven games. He has been dismissed a few times by left-arm seam and thus this is a favorable match-up for LSG. 

KL Rahul vs Jasprit Bumrah 

Rahul has dominated Bumrah in the IPL scoring nearly 150 runs in 117 balls faced. The LSG skipper has two IPL tons against MI and thus Bumrah will aim to take his wicket early.  If Rahul plays this battle will be decisive in this game. 

Nicholas Pooran vs Piyush Chawla 

Pooran has a weakness against leg spin despite his willingness to take the spin on/. He was castled by Kuldeep Yadav in the very first ball against DC earlier this season and Chawla will fancy his chances against the big-hitter.

Marcus Stoinis vs Nuwan Thusara 

Stoinis has been batting brilliantly for LSG. He has even scored a century earlier this season. Thusara's unusual action and ability to swiftly change his pace might just work in favor of him while bowling to Stoinis.

MI  vs LSG Key Players 

For MI, Rohit, SKY Kishan and  Tilak Varma will be crucial with the bat. They have been top-heavy this season. With the ball, Bumrah and Chawla will be key alongside Thusara. 

For LSG, with question marks over KL Rahul's selection, Quinton De Kock, Marcus Stoinis, and Nicholas Pooran hold the key with the bat. With the ball, Mohsin Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi will be keyNaveen - Ul- Haq with his chance ups will be key as well.

MI vs LSG Weather and Pitch Report

Mumbai saw a lot of rain and even thunderstorms in the last few days. There is a forecast of rain and thunderstorms in the daytime, especially in the afternoon. The weather is expected to settle down by the evening. We should have a game even if it's a truncated game. 

Speaking about the pitch, the Wankhede pitch has always been a high-scoring venue. MI have played a bit indifferently here in their last two games. They failed to chase 170 against KKR and chase down 174 against SRH. LSG have a good record against MI at this venue. 

Conclusion

This is an inconsequential game for MI. Lucknow Super Giants need to win this game to give themselves any chance of making the playoffs.

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