Aakash Tigers MWS’ Fight for Semi-final Berth
Our Prediction is for Aakash Tigers MWS to win this game!
Mumbai Premier League’s 20th game will see the Aakash Tigers MWS meet Shivaji Park Lions in the last league game for both the sides. Aakash Tigers MWS have relatively done well in the season having won two out of their four games while it has been a disastrous season for the Lions. They have shown poor form with the bat and the ball and have lost all their four games
This game would be of great importance to Aakash Tigers MWS as a win here will help them earn a place in the semi-finals of the season. Lions, on the other hand, would be looking forward to winning this one and ending the season on a high.
Their last win against North Mumbai Panthers would have lifted the spirits of Dhawal Kulkarni’s side. They now can aim for a place in the semi-finals if they win their next game against the Lions. They played well as a unit in the last game and the skipper would be looking forward to maintaining the momentum.
Arjun Tendulkar and Aakarshit Gomel form a good opening pair for the side and the pair did well in the last game. In the middle order, Subramanian and Shams Mulani have also done well and been among the runs for the side. With Suryansh Shedge and Nehal Katakdhond completing the Top 6 they have a good batting line-up going into this game.
Dhawal Kulkarni brings in his experience to the table and Tendulkar has also done well in the season opening the bowling for the side. The bowling has a good variety with Sylvester Dsouza Salman Khan and Shams Mulani in the mix and they can win the game for the side.
Dhawal Kulkarni (c), Bhavin Thakkar, D Subramanian (wk), Shams Mulani, Arjun Tendulkar, Aakarshit Gomel, Suryansh Shedge, Yogesh Pawar, Nehal Katakdhond, Sylvester Dsouza, Salman Khan
Raunaq Sharma the captain of Shivaji Park Lions would be a very upset man. His team wasted an opportunity to win against SoBo SuperSonics in the last game in what was an achievable target. Their batsmen have failed them more than once and the skipper would hope his team can end the season with a win in the next game.
Openers Swapnil Pradhan and Rudra Dhanday played poorly in the last game apart from Sachin Yadav and Rudra Dhanday none of the batsmen look comfortable. The likes of Nikhil Patil and Onkar Jadhav will have to rise to the occasion for the side to win the next game. What the side needs are a collective batting effort which they haven’t shown this season.
Vijay Gohil and Raunaq Sharma bowled well in the last game but there was hardly any contribution from other bowlers in the game. The team would expect better performance from Gaurav Bengre and Varun Joijode as they play their final game of the season and need to check the flow of runs.
Rudra Dhanday, Sachin Yadav (wk), Nikhil Patil, Atish Gawand, Raunaq Sharma (c), Swapnil Pradhan, Gaurav Bengre, Vijay Gohil, Onkar Jadhav, Manan Khakhar, Varun Joijode
The weather for May 23 in Mumbai is for clear skies. The pitch is expected to play well and is expected to be a good one for batting. The bowlers will have to bowl smartly to restrict the batsmen as a score in the region of 180 is on the cards.
One of the best T20 venues in India, Wankhede Stadium Mumbai has been a paradise for the batsmen over the years. In this season as well we have seen batsmen do well. Hitting through the line is easy on this ground as there is little in for the bowlers.
In the eight evening games played so far at the venue this season the team batting first has gone on to win on six occasions. The pitch tends to turn tricky in the second innings and hence the captain winning the toss would like to bat first and put a sizeable total on the board in this game.
Aakash Tigers MWS haven’t been in the best of form this season with two wins in four games. But it is their opponents who have had a forgettable season so far losing all their four games. Nothing seems to be working for the Shivaji Park Lions as they have walked from one defeat to another. Going into the game Aakash Tigers MWS will definitely start as favorites to win the game.
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