Former Indian starter Aakash Chopra has given the Mumbai Indians a key tip on how to pick the right playing XI for their Qualifier 2 clash against the Gujarat Titans on Friday, May 26. The match will be played in Ahmedabad on Friday and the winner will face Chennai Super Kings. in it LPI 2023 end on sunday.
While discussing the possible MI XI for the game, Aakash Chopra said that Australian pacer Riley Meredith may be a better option for MI instead of Chris Jordan. Jordan has a reputation as a kill specialist, but he hasn’t played well so far. This season he has collected just three wickets from five games at an economy of 10.06. Joran was named as Jofra Archer’s replacement earlier this season.
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Jordan pitched well to death against LSG in the previous game. He bowled two overs for just runs and took the crucial wicket of Kyle Mayers. He also bowled a maiden. Despite his efforts in the last game, Chopra still believes that Meredith will be a better option than Jordan.
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Riley Meredith will be a better option than Chris Jordan: Aakash Chopra
“There is no doubt that there are problems in the bowling but they are being managed. They continue to play Chris Jordan. I’m saying Riley Meredith is going to be a better option, playing him, but Chris Jordan is playing. He took down a maiden in the last match, unbelievable, and he fired Kyle Mayers, super unbelievable.” Aakash Chopra said while watching a preview of the game on his Youtube channel.
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Chopra is further hoping Jason Behrendorff and Akash Madhwal will step up with the ball for the Mumbai Indians. Behrendorff has picked up 14 wickets for the season and Madhwal has picked up 23. The right-arm pacer has just come off a fifth in the Eliminator against LSG.
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Jason Behrendorff will be valuable with the new ball: Aakash Chopra
“I feel like Jason Behrendorff will be extremely valuable with the new ball in the second inning. Akash Madhwal is doing an amazing job in any case. Piyush Chawla picked up two wickets both times he played against this team. There will be pressure on him too.” Chopra further added.
Along with the two pacers, Piyush Chawla also picked up 21 wickets this season, his most fruitful season in the IPL. All three bowlers will be key for MI as they look to win their sixth title.
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