Sunrisers Hyderabad’s road to glory against Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians to win
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||7||7||0||0||14||-0.172|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||0||0||14||-0.214|
|Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.162|
|Chennai Super Kings||14||6||8||0||0||12||-0.455|
It is the last chance for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to earn their place in the playoffs of the season as they take on the table toppers Mumbai Indians in the last league game of the season. Hyderabad comes into this game with back to back wins and the side seems to have gained momentum in the last stage of the tournament. Mumbai Indians on the other hand registered a massive win in their last game and they have already earned their place into the playoffs.
In the last three games between the two sides the Mumbai Indians have won all of them and this would give the great confidence. Mumbai have a batting line-up that has dominated bowling attacks right through the season. As for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they have come a long way considering the injury scares they have suffered in the tournament. It will be interesting to see if the Sunrisers are able to win this game and make it to the next round.
It was a convincing win for David Warner’s side in the last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They bowled well and chased down the small total without any hiccups. With this win the side has kept its hopes alive for the next round and shall now have to defeat the Mumbai Indians by a big margin to secure a place in the playoffs. It will be a big challenge for the side given the kind of form Mumbai is in at the moment.
David Warner has had a poor season by his standards and shall look to provide a good start along with in-form Wriddhiman Saha. Manish Pandey looks in good form and along with Kane Williamson and Abhiskeh Sharma forms a strong middle order. Jason Holder has looked good in the last few games he has played and shall be look to lift the run rate towards the end of the innings alongside Abdul Samad.
Holder and Sandeep Sharma have bowled well with the new ball in the last few games and they would have to strike early against Mumbai’s strong top order. T Natarajan comes into this game after a match winning spell in the last game. Rashid Khan has troubled the batsmen through the season and the side would rely on him to keep the Mumbai batsmen quite during the middle overs.
Top Batsman – David Warner
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, S Sharma, Jason Holder, KS Williamson, WP Saha, David Warner, Priyam Garg
Mumbai Indians toyed with the Delhi Capitals in the last game winning it by 9 wickets. The side has become the first time to earn a berth in the playoffs. Kieron Pollard has led the side well in absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma who is out with an injury. Mumbai aren’t likely to risk Rohit in this game which is little consequence to them. They have a strong batting line-up and it will look to gain momentum ahead of the playoffs.
Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock have been providing good starts to the side at the top and they would aim for the same here. Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs and he forms and good middle order along with Saurabh Tiwari and Krunal Pandya. Pollard with his hitting prowess would look to make most out of the final overs in the game alongside Jayant Yadav.
Trent Boult and Pandya did well with the new ball in the last game and the side would expect a similar show from them in this game. Jasprit Bumrah continues to impress and he is the leading wicket taker this season with 23 wickets to his name. With Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav and Nathan Coulter-Nile they have good depth in their bowling.
Top Batsman – Quinton de Kock
Top Bowler – Jasprit Bumrah
Kieron Pollard (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwari, Jayant Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
|Q de Kock||26||28||2||0||92.86|
Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, SS Tiwary, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||24||0 mm.||0.73 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|03h||25||0 mm.||0.32 k/h||From: S||0%|
|06h||29||0 mm.||0.91 k/h||From: W||0%|
|09h||31||0 mm.||3.71 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|12h||30||0 mm.||5.77 k/h||From: WNW||0%|
|15h||27||0 mm.||4.56 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||26||0 mm.||2.71 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||25||0 mm.||2.32 k/h||From: NW||0%|
It will be a warm evening at Sharjah on November 02 and the skies would be absolutely clear here during the game. Lots of runs have been scored on this surface where batsmen can hit through the line without any fear. Batting first here is a challenge given the successful run chases we have seen and the side that bats first in the game would need to target a score in the range of 200 runs to win the game.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium is a paradise for the batsmen with its short boundaries and a lightning fast outfield. Ball comes onto the bat nicely and the batsmen are able to play on the up. It is a tough venue for the bowlers as even the mishits can make it to the boundary. Both spinners and fast bowlers need to mix their line and length to keep the batsmen quite at this ground.
This venue has seen high scores this season and great chases. Though the wicket has slowed down a bit it is still a great surface to bat on. The last five games have gone in favor of the sides that have chased here. Hence, the two skippers shouldn’t have much of hesitation in bowling first on this surface.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has again raised its expectations with consecutive games and come here riding on good form. Their bowling attack has impressed in the last two games after the series of injuries and they would like to continue the same way. Mumbai Indians on the other hand won’t feel much pressure as they have already made it to the playoffs. Their batting line-up has looked brilliant this season and bowlers are also doing well. This will make them favorites in this game.
Mumbai Indians to win