IPL 2023 is now in its last phase. There have also been two playoff games and a finalist has also been found in the form of Chennai Super Kings. And in Qualifier 2, the Gujarat Titans, who topped the league stage by winning 10 matches, and the five-time champions Mumbai Indians, the most successful team in the league, will compete. The match will be played on Friday, May 26 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Although this match will be played by Hardik Pandya’s team at home, there are some interesting statistics that are in favor of Rohit Sharma.
Speaking of this season, both teams had met once each in the league phase and the contest was close. Where Gujarat defeated Mumbai at home. After this, Rohit’s team took revenge on Hardik’s team at his house. Now in Qualifier 2, both teams will meet for the third time this season. Hardik Pandya will have home field advantage, but is it enough? Because we are going to tell you many of those statistics that are in favor of Mumbai Indians and clearly show that Rohit’s team is heavy on Hardik’s team.
Mumbai Indians have the upper hand
Those numbers are actually head-to-head and from previous playoffs. If we look at the first head to head, then the Mumbai Indians have a huge advantage over the Gujarat titans. Three matches have taken place between the two teams, of which two have been won by the Mumbai Indians. Last season Mumbai team had finished last i.e. 10th but still this team defeated Mumbai by 5 runs. After this, Mumbai definitely lost in the first meeting of this season, but after that, in the second meeting, they recorded a resounding 27-run win. This means that Rohit Sharma’s team still has an advantage over Hardik Pandya’s team.
These figures will increase the tension of Hardik Pandya
Now the figures that we are going to count are from the playoffs. Mumbai Indians team is unbeatable in playoffs for the past 6 years. The team last lost a playoff game in 2017 where they were defeated by Rising Pune Supergiants in Qualifier 1. But still Rohit’s team won that season. Since then, the team has recorded seven consecutive victories. Mumbai recorded their seventh straight win, beating Lucknow Super Giants by 81 runs in the 2023 IPL Eliminator. After 2017, Mumbai made the playoffs in 2019, 2020 and now 2023. Rohit Sharma also has an excellent record as captain, Under his captaincy, Mumbai has played 14 playoff games out of which they have won 11. Talking about finals, Mumbai has played 6 finals and has become champion five times. That is, after reaching the playoffs, this team becomes more terrible. That is why these figures may increase the tension of Hardik Pandya.