In the Eliminator match, Rohit Sharma was dismissed after scoring only 11 runs inside the powerplay.Image Credit source: BCCI
New Delhi: This season of IPL has been in discussion due to the performance of some old veterans and some new young faces. The season was dominated by seasoned veterans like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Faf Duplesey, Rashid Khan, while new names like Yashasvi Jaiswal Tilak Verma, Suyyash Sharma and Akash Madhwal also managed to make a mark. In the midst of all this, such a veteran player is constantly showing fire, who in the second qualifier Mumbai Indians Will present the biggest challenge for
The second qualifier match will be played on Friday, May 26, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, in which five-time champions Mumbai Indians will face defending champions Gujarat Titans. Gujarat, captained by Hardik Pandya, who finished first in the league stage, had to face defeat by Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier. Now to reach the final, he will have to overcome Mumbai.
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Powerplay’s biggest challenge
Looking at the way Mumbai have achieved their rhythm in the last few matches, the road to Gujarat is not going to be easy. One player can definitely do this work for him and that is veteran fast bowler Mohammed Shami. In this entire season, the star Indian pacer has consistently done his work well. Work- To shock the teams in the powerplay.
Shami is the most successful bowler of this season and so far he has got the maximum 26 wickets in 15 matches. A major contribution to his success is the lethal bowling of the powerplay. Out of these 26, Shami has taken 15 wickets in powerplay only, which is more than all other bowlers.
Difficulties will arise for Rohit
Last season too, Shami played a role in making Gujarat the champion on the basis of his accurate line in the powerplay. In the current season, he has proved more lethal on this front. One of the major reasons for Gujarat’s defeat against Chennai was Shami not getting a wicket in the powerplay. In such a situation, Mumbai will have to hope and try that Shami does not take wickets in the first 6 overs.
Looking at the way Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma’s form this season, Shami’s threat is high. In this season, Rohit has been dismissed inside the powerplay more than 10 times. Not only this, Rohit Sharma has been a victim of Shami twice in IPL. In such a situation, Gujarat and Shami will have a good chance to put Mumbai under pressure in the beginning.
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