Gujarat have just about managed to get across the line on three occasions, while MI have won six out of their eight matches
Dwayne Bravo’s injury affected the balance of the Lions side but finally it seemed that they have got their overseas combination right against RCB. James Faulkner and Andrew Tye with their variations in bowling along with two T20 dashers like Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch at the top of the order is proving to be helpful for the Lions. They have a new-found talent in Basil Thampi, who can bowl yorkers at will. Nathu Singh has shown a glimpse of his talent. The fireworks from Dinesh Karthik in the middle-order keeps them in good stead. But in terms of pure talent, Mumbai Indians are way ahead with Jos Buttler at the top followed by explosive players like skipper Rohit Sharma, who is slowly coming into his own and Kieron Pollard – a sureshot match winner on his day. The Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik are also vital components with both the Mitchells – Johnson and McClenaghan intimdating the batsmen with pace and swing. Jasprit Bumrah’s presence means that Lasith Malinga’s off-form has not been a deterrant. Last but not the least is Harbhajan Singh, who has now bowled 26 overs in seven matches with an astounding economy rate of 5.88. He may have taken only four wickets but in none of the matches, the batsmen have been able to attack him.