Hello, good afternoon and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post for the 16th match in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Gujarat Lions (GL). I am Paulami Chakraborty, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the clash which will be played at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Both the sides have the momentum going their way. While MI have now won three matches on a row, GL after their defeat in the first two games, went on to register a thumping win against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions – Match 16
What is going in GL’s advantage is the fact that they beat MI twice in the last season but the latter are a force at home. MI may well receive a boost ahead of this game as Lasith Malinga is expected to be fit. MI will hope for their skipper Rohit Sharma to fire. He has been in miserable form. Meanwhile, the GL batsmen have shown rich form in recent games. Skipper Suresh Raina played well against RPS.
In Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch and Dwayne Smith, GL have batting firepower aplenty. The side received huge boost with the return of Ravindra Jadeja and in Andrew Tye they have found an ideal foreign bowler. Dwayne Bravo will continue to be unavailable as he is nursing an injury.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Krishnappa Gowtham (wk), Ambati Rayudu (wk), Lendl Simmons (wk), Kulwant Khejroliya, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Asela Gunaratne, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Vinay Kumar, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Jagadeesha Suchith, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia
Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya.