The Indian Premier League’s 9 new entrants, Gujarat Lions, have managed to put together a well rounded side with some of the most dangerous names in the game post their successful auction campaign. Brad Hodge who is relatively new to the coaching business was named the head coach.
The Lions have named Suresh Raina the side’s captain, who will be looking to step out of MS Dhoni’s shadow and make a mark on a whole new level. Dhoni’s other ace Ravindra Jadeja joins him in the new franchise along with WT20 winner Dwayne Bravo, fellow West Indian Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik who is a useful batsman but more importantly provides a safe pair of hands behind the wickets.
The dangerous Brendon McCullum and in-form Aaron Finch add massive fire power to the top order batting and the bowling department has the likes of James Faulkner, Dale. Steyn, Andrew Tye, Pravin Tambe, Dhawal Kulkarni and Praveen Kumar. With this side the Lions could well be a front runner in this season of the Vivo IPL.
MI vs GL Prediction Today IPL 9th Match 16th April 2016
Mumbai Indians Will Win
Defending champions Mumbai Indians come into this year’s edition as one of the hot favorites, led by skipper Rohit Sharma, arguably their most dangerous and important batsman. Mumbai boast of a formidable bowling unit, with the pace trio Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah capable of striking at either of the innings. Tim
Southee is their latest addition, and there is the evergreen Harbhajan Singh whose spin craft gives the attack an added edge. Uncapped Indian Nathu Singh comes in with a reputation of bowling fast. All-rounders Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson have the big-hitting reputation behind them and in Hardik Pandya, they have another plucky and energetic performer. Lendl Simmons had a great IPL last year, and loves playing at the Wankhede as the Indian team found out in the semifinals of the ICC World T20. He will be crucial for.
Mumbai at the top, along-with skipper Rohit Sharma. Jos Buttler is likely to be a mainstay behind the stumps, and his devastating hitting means the Indians have the strongest batting unit in the IPL. Mumbai have already won two IPL titles and will be eager to defending their crown. Should they do so, they will become the first team to win three IPL titles.