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Today at IPL 2022, LSG vs MI: Lucknow aim to complete season double over struggling Mumbai

Today at IPL 2022, LSG vs MI: A struggling Mumbai Indians will need a special team effort to end their winless run in IPL 2022 when they take on Lucknow Super Giants in a return-leg IPL fixture on Sunday.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will take on out of sorts Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 37th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Sunday. LSG would look to complete a season double over MI, who are winless this season and are languishing at the bottom with nothing going right for the five-time champions.

Lucknow, on the other hand, have looked in good touch with four wins from seven matches but they are coming into the match after suffering an 18-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, the fact that LSG beat MI by 18 runs in their first leg will give them confidence. The defeat also handed MI the dubious record of becoming the first team in IPL history to lose its first seven matches in a season.

MI have done well in patches but never looked like a unit, prompting former Australian batter Chris Lynn to stir speculations of a rift within the camp following their last defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Thursday.

While Daniel Sams did well against CSK with four wickets, domestic veteran Jaydev Unadkat’s failure to defend 17 runs in the final over sums up their campaign. The rest of the bowlers, including Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi or lead spinner Murugan Ashwin, have gone for runs aplenty.

While Krunal Pandya was the top scorer against RCB, young Ayush Badoni and Deepak Hooda couldn’t convert their starts and need to step up when the going gets tough.

In bowling, the pace-spin duo of Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi have served them well with LSG having the luxury of some quality all-rounders such as Jason Holder and Marcus Stoinis.

PREVIOUS RESULTS

MI: Lost to CSK, Lost to LSG, Lost to PBKS, Lost to RCB

LSG: Lost to RCB, Beat MI, Lost to RR, Beat DC

KEY PLAYERS

MI: Suryakumar Yadav, alongside Dewald Brevis, is the only in-form batter who has salvaged some reputation for the Mumbai-based side. Surya is a key player for Mumbai, not because he is equally adept at all kinds of bowling, but because nobody is firing at the moment.

LSG: Lucknow’s batting was led by skipper KL Rahul (265 runs), who had slammed an unbeaten 60-ball 103 the last time the two teams faced off on April 16. Another opener, Quinton de Kock (215 runs), has too been at a good rhythm.

PLAYING XIs

Lucknow Super Giants: KL Rahul (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Dewald Brevis, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat, Jasprit Bumrah