MI vs SRH: That time of the year, when every IPL fan would talk about the equations and speculate big time about the last two spots left. Delhi Capitals have made it for the first time in 6 years, and Chennai is also through to the playoffs as usual.
Two slots left, with literally five teams fighting for it (at least on the table). Mumbai and Sunrisers look to seal their spot tomorrow. If Mumbai win- they are through. And if Sunrisers win-they are pretty much through, thanks to their very positive run-rate which is the best in the league currently.
All the remaining contenders such as Kolkata Knightriders, Kings Xi Punjab and Rajasthan Royals hope Mumbai Indians and RC Bangalore defeat Sunrisers in their next two games so that the fourth spot is still open.
THE TEAMS SO FAR…
Coming to the teams, Mumbai look rock solid. Rohit is pretty much back to form and also have three brilliant all-rounders in Hardik-Pollard-Krunal. Jasprit Bumrah, their highest wicket-taker managed to pick 13 wickets from 12 games at a very healthy economy of 6.61. We all know what this lad is capable of. Can better his wicket tally for sure.
Sunrisers, on the other hand, are forced handicapped. Johhny Bairstow who scored 445 runs in 10 games bid goodbye to the team to prepare for the crucial WC and recently David Warner did too for the same reason. David is the orange cap holder with 692 runs at an unreal average of 70. Of the 12 games, he has played, scored 8 fifties and 1 century. Legendary, to say the least. Hyderabad would feel that void, especially since all the games they have won the top order bailed them out and the middle order has been pretty ordinary.
Martin Guptill comes in as a replacement to David Warner, and we all know what Guptil is capable of. Tons of experience and brilliant as a batsman/fielder, but has to get used to the flow in no time. One win, Sunrisers look through with their net very positive run rate and they would definitely not want to leave things to the last day when the face Bangalore in Bangalore.
RCB is tough to play in Bangalore, further, the weather conditions aren’t encouraging there too. Also, the pressure is not a great thing to play with.
Exciting four days of cricket ahead. Bring it on!
When: 02nd May 2019, Thursday
Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Kick-Off Time: 8:00 PM IST
A pitch which offers a lot to its seamers. Fast, bouncy, high-scoring. Can expect it all.
Dew is always a big big factor in Mumbai. Win toss-bat first should be the mantra.
TEAM NEWS (PREDICTED XI)
Quinton De Kock, Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Barinder Sran, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah
Martin Guptil, Kane Williamson (c), Wriddhiman Saha, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Sandeep Sharma
HEAD TO HEAD
Matches Played b/w each other: 13
MI Win: 6 (3 in Wankhede)
SRH Win: 7 (1 in Wankhede)
The first encounter between the two teams was won by Mumbai Indians. Thanks to the finish by Kieron Pollard and the exceptional bowling performance by Alzarri Joseph.
- Pandey jii, Seeti
Manish Pandey, once the anchor of the triumphant Kolkata Knight Riders went through a tough phase after being dropped from the SRH squad.
However, is now in a terrific form and is playing the key anchor role yet again, this time for Sunrisers.
In the last three games, Karnataka lad has amassed 180 runs with scores of 83*, 61 and 36. However, both the fifties came in a losing cause.
- SRH and their record at Mumbai
Of the four games played, SRH has just one victory against Mumbai in Mumbai. Further, also has lost the IPL Finale against Chennai Superkings on this very turf. Hyderabad would love to change their fortunes on this ground. One win, they are almost through.
- HP: High Horsepower
So far, Hardik Pandya has scored 355 runs at a magnificent strike rate of 198.2. Also has managed to pick 10 wickets in the 12 games. A perfect all-rounder – true West Indies style. Power Hitting, pacy bowling.
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to win the match.
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