Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Weather Forecast And Pitch Report, IPL 2022, Match 26, MI vs LSG
MI vs LSG: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Weather Forecast And Pitch Report, IPL 2022, Match 26, MI vs LSG. Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants, the 26th match of Tata IPL 2022 is scheduled to be played at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai from 3:30 PM IST on 16 April 2022 (Saturday).

Mumbai Indians have lost five consecutive matches on the trot in the ongoing IPL 2022, and with 4 losses more, they will be out of the race to determine the top four for playoffs. However, Mumbai Indians have returned from this position to win the IPL trophy previously in IPL 2015.

Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard
Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard (Image Credits: Twitter)

They have found two uncapped talented middle-order batters in Proteas batter Dewald Brevis and uncapped Indian batter Tilak Varma. Suryakumar Yadav is also playing exceptionally after missing the first 2 matches, but the senior players Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma have not been fired so far, due to which Mumbai Indians sit in the last place in the points table.

Apart from this, Mumbai Indians lack depth in the bowling department, with pacer Jofra Archer not available to play in the tournament. He will play from IPL 2023, so picking him in IPL 2022 auctions for a hefty sum backfired in IPL 2022.

On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants runs a fabulous campaign with 3 wins in 5 matches. The two matches they lost were close encounters that could have gone either way. Middle-order batter uncapped Ayush Badoni, the find of the season, along with all-rounders Deepak Hooda and Marcus Stoinis form a deep batting line-up for the team.

LSG's Ayush Badoni
LSG’s Ayush Badoni Photo by Ron Gaunt / Sportzpics for IPL

Lucknow Super Giants’ bowling unit is equally excellent, with pacers Avesh Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, and Jason Holder not giving away much to the batters. The only concern they face is opener skipper KL Rahul’s inconsistency and below-par strike rate in the tournament. Going further, the Lucknow skipper needs to rise up to the occasion and guide his team to the victory.

Mumbai has struggled to find the right 11 and often played just 2 or 3 overseas players despite spending heavily on overseas stars for the first time in many years in IPL 2022 mega auctions. While the batters have fired, it’s the bowling combination that’s been a worry.

Mumbai has suffered successive defeats to Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Punjab Kings. The Mumbai Indians’ team combination for Saturday’s match may look new with the likes of Fabian Allen and Riley Meredith getting a look in.

Australia's Riley Meredith (Getty)
Australia’s Riley Meredith (Getty)

Lucknow, meanwhile, opened their season with a defeat to fellow newcomers Gujarat Titans but had a mini winning streak following victories over Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad, and Delhi Capitals. However, in their most recent outing, Lucknow suffered a loss to Rajasthan Royals in a close match, which also saw Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis make an impressive return with the bat.

Mumbai Indians vs Lucknow Super Giants Weather Forecast And Pitch Report, IPL 2022, Match 26, MI vs LSG

Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai is a great place to bat with a flat wicket and lightning fast outfield making it great for the bowlers. The ball comes onto the bat nicely letting batsmen express themselves. Fast bowlers have had a torrid time on this wicket but spinners have enjoyed success as the wicket is friendly towards them.

We have seen big scores being made at Brabourne Stadium this season and scores being chased easily. The wicket has been flat, and this makes it a perfect venue to chase big scores. The side winning the toss in this game would have little hesitation in batting first as this is an afternoon game and batting conditions would be their best at the start.

The temperature on Saturday 16th April will be between 30 degrees to 26 degrees Celcius. The sky will be clear and there are no chances of precipitation. Humidity will be around 62%.