Mumbai Indians are currently at the fifth position with 14 points in hand © AFP
Mumbai Indians are currently at the fifth position with 14 points in hand © AFP

It is Match No. 54 of the ninth season of Indian Premier League (IPL) as Gujarat Lions (GL) lock horns with Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Green Park, Kanpur. This will be a crucial tie and almost act as a decider for the top four teams who will go to the play-offs. Gujarat Lions are currently in the second position, with 16 points in hand and if they manage to win this game, they will directly go the play-offs whereas Mumbai Indians’ fate lies upon the result of this match as they are currently at the fifth position with 14 points in hand. Let’s have a look at the likely XI that Rohit Sharma might go with. Full Cricket Scorecard: Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 54 at Kanpur

Top-order: The top-order of Mumbai Indians consist of the two talented openers Martin Guptil and Rohit Sharma, the captain himself. Both Rohit and Guptill hold good records in limited-overs cricket, The two are expected to provide a strong start by contributing a lot of runs towards the team score. Following these two, Krunal Pandya can come in at No. 3. Krunal, one of the Pandya brothers, have been in a very good form contributing towards the result with both bat and ball and will be a player to watch out for.

Middle-order: Kieron Pollard is the player who comes out to bat the next following Krunal. Pollard has been a match-winner for MI as he has added quick runs with fours and sixes and will be expected to do the same. To compliment him, there is Jos Buttler who has been in a good touch. Following thesetwo, consistent Ambati Rayudu comes out. Rayudu will have to build up brief yet important partnerships with the lower-middle-order batsmen to add the last moment runs. There is Nitish Rana and Harbhajan Singh as well who are capable of hard-hitting.

Bowlers: The two main bowlers who constitute a very strong bowling line are Jaspreet Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan. Despite the inconsistent performance of the team, the two bowlers did exceptionally well. Apart from them, Krunal Pnadya is also there while Harbhajan Singh will be the spinner MI will depend upon.

Mumbai Indians likely XI: Rohit Sharma, Martin Guptill, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.

(Paulami Chakraborty, a singer, dancer, artist, and photographer, loves the madness of cricket and writes about the game. She can be followed on Twitter at @Polotwitts)