IPL Playoffs: Mumbai is happy to reach the playoffs.

IPL Playoffs: Mumbai is happy to reach the playoffs.
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Mumbai Indians, who finished tenth in the points table in IPL 2022, have reached the playoffs this time. Rohit Sena has also been lucky this season. As RCB lost to Gujarat in their last league match, the line was cleared for Mumbai. Mumbai, which reached the playoffs after waiting for the result of the last match, is eager to show its strength in the knockout matches. Despite the absence of main pacers like Bumrah and Archer, Rohit Sena has made it to the top-4 this time with his batting strength.

Mumbai Indians will face Lucknow Supergiants in the eliminator match on May 24. The winning team will play Qualifier-2 in this match to be held at Chennai venue. The losing team will face home. Mumbai fans want their team to win this match no matter what.

But this is not so easy. Because Mumbai Indians have not won a single match against Lucknow Super Giants till now. So far these two teams have faced each other thrice. Lucknow has won all three times. The two teams met for the first time on 16 April 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium. Lucknow beat Mumbai by 18 runs in that match. Lucknow beat Mumbai by 36 runs in the match played at Wankhede on April 24.

Lucknow beat Mumbai by 5 runs in this season’s match played at Ekna Stadium on 16th May. In that match, Lucknow scored 177 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.. Mumbai was limited to 172 runs for the loss of 5 wickets. In the last over, Mumbai needed 11 runs to win.. Despite the presence of hitters like Green and Tim David at the crease, Mohsin Khan gave away only five runs. Lucknow won with this.

Chennai, where the playoffs will be held, is a suitable pitch for spinners. The Lucknow team has spinners like Ravi Bishnoi, Krunal Pandya, Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma. Piyush Chawla is the spinner who can make an impact in the Mumbai team. With this, Lucknow seems to be the favourite.

Same situation in Chennai..
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings is also a Mumbai-style story. While Chennai and Gujarat have faced each other in three matches, Dhoni’s team has not been able to win against the Gujarat Titans even once. The fact that the playoffs will be held in Chennai is a relief for CSK. But in the chase, Gujarat has failed only three times so far. Compared to Chennai, Gujarat has a quality spinner in the form of Rashid. Even if they lose in Qualifier-1, another chance in the form of Qualifier-2 will give relief to the defeated team.

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