Our Prediction is Mumbai Indians to win the match!
Host Mumbai Indians will be looking to secure their place in the playoffs when they will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 51st game of Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Thursday.
In their previous game, Mumbai Indians suffered a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. Three-time Champions will be keen to make amends for their mistakes and get back to winning ways in this home fixture.
On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to break their two-match losing streak after beating Kings XI Punjab by 40 runs in a game played in Hyderabad. Captain Kane Williamson will be hoping that the side can maintain their consistency with bat and ball in this contest.
In the previous meeting between the two teams, Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 40 runs in a game played in Hyderabad.
The home side will under pressure to produce a better show after suffering a comprehensive defeat in their previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders. Captain Rohit Sharma will be focused to make sure that the side can deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball to secure their place in the playoffs of the competition.
In the batting department, the team will be dependent on opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to do the bulk of the scoring, whereas all-rounder Kieron Pollard will be hoping to provide the x-factor during the innings with his attacking display.
Mumbai Indians will be hoping that the opening pair of Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma can get the side off to a decent start. The duo perished for low scores in the previous game played against Kolkata in Eden Gardens. Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard have contributed well to the teams cause in this year’s competition. The middle-order will need to produce runs in this must-win game for Mumbai.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will be expected to deliver something special with bat and ball. He has shown excellent form with the bat so far this season and scored 355 runs in 12 matches at an average of 50.91.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on veteran pacer Lasith Malinga and Jaspreet Bumrah to make early breakthroughs with the new-ball. The duo conceded a lot of runs in the previous game and will be looking to make a strong comeback in this game.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has been in excellent form with the ball and claimed 10 wickets so far this season.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Barindar Sran, Rahul Chahar.
Barinder Sran, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, JJ Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
For Sunrisers, this will be another opportunity to move one step closer towards securing their place in the playoffs of the competition. Kane Williamson-led unit comfortably brushed aside Kings XI Punjab in a game played at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
In the batting department, the responsibility will be on the likes of David Warner, Captain Kane Williamson, and Manish Pandey to provide stability, whereas the likes of Mohammad Nabi and all-rounder Vijay Shankar will be tasked to provide big finish to the innings.
Opener David Warner has been in scintillating form for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s competition. Left-hander is currently leading run-scorer in the competition with 692 runs in 12 matches at an average of 69.20.
In the previous game, Warner delivered a fabulous performance with the bat and scored 81 off 56 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. It was largely due to Warner’s efforts that Sunrisers Hyderabad was able to post a mammoth score of 212 runs in 20 overs. Warner added 78-run partnership with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha to see Sunrisers got off to an excellent start. He added 82 runs with Manish Pandey to see Sunrisers placed in a great position to post a big score on the board.
In the bowling department, Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be leading the pace attack, whereas Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will share the spin department. In the previous game, Rashid Khan was the standout bowler for the side and finished with three wickets to his name.
Kane Williamson (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Khaleel Ahmed, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Basil Thampi, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, WP Saha, KS Williamson, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma
The pitch at Wankhede Stadium is expected to be a good one for batting and also provide some assistance to the quick bowlers. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Thursday is expected to see cloudy skies.
Mumbai Indians will be looking to make a strong comeback in their home fixture. The side has managed to three out of five games played at this venue. Mumbai will take heart from the fact that they have an excellent head-to-head against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Wankhede Stadium
The side that wins the toss would be looking to bowl first and restrict the opposing team to a decent total. Spinners will definitely get something out of this surface. The last three matches played at Wankhede have been won by sides batting second.
Mumbai Indians will be looking to bring their A-game to the table against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Rohit Sharma and co. is certainly much stronger batting side in comparison with Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have been heavily reliant on David Warner in this year’s competition. The lack of runs from the middle-order has been Achilles heel for Sunrisers Hyderabad in this year’s tournament.
Expect Mumbai Indians to seal their playoff berth at home.
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