Mumbai’s battle to keep hopes for playoffs alive
Mumbai Indians to win
|Chennai Super Kings||14||9||5||0||0||18||0.455|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||8||5||0||0||16||-0.159|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||0||0||14||0.587|
Mumbai Indians have had a troublesome campaign and they would be taking on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 55th game of the Indian Premier League, 2021. It is a must-win game for Mumbai Indians who come into this contest with a big win against the Rajasthan Royals. The Sunrisers also won their last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have had a very poor season where the side has managed to win just 3 games. Their record against Mumbai Indians hasn’t been encouraging either so far and this game would be a tall ask for them. Mumbai Indians would be under pressure going into this contest, but the side would like to draw confidence from their brilliant show in the previous contest.
Kane Williamson’s side stunned the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game and won it by 4 runs. It was a good effort from their bowlers who defended the small total though the batting woes continue to haunt the side. As they take the field for the last time this season, Williamson would like to end the otherwise ordinary season on a high.
The side would look for a good show from Jason Roy and Abhishek Sharma as openers have been inconsistent for the side this season. Williamson shall need to improve his scoring rate and do well in the middle order with Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad. Down the order, Wriddhiman Saha, Jason Holder, and Rashid Khan would have to do the big-hitting for the side.
Their bowlers had a good outing in the last game where Holder and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled superbly. The same would be expected from them in this game. Umran Malik looks to be a good find for the side and must bowl tight spells along with Siddarth Kaul. Rashid Khan looked ordinary against the RCB and being the strike bowler for the side must deliver here.
Top Batsman – Jason Roy
Top Bowler – Rashid Khan
Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik
Umran Malik, Mohammad Nabi, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, WP Saha, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma
If the defending champions needed the extra acceleration to be in the hunt for the playoffs, they got that in the last game against Rajasthan Royals which they won comfortably by 8 wickets. The side would have to win this one against Sunrisers by a huge margin to improve its run rate and place itself ahead of the Knight Riders should KKR also win their next game.
The side finally found its mojo in the last game with Ishan Kishan hitting form. He would look to start from where he left and set up a good opening stand with Rohit Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya have been short on form, and they need to deliver here. The side would hope to see big hitting from Saurabh Tiwari, Kieron Pollard, and James Neesham.
Trent Boult and Jayant Yadav haven’t had a great season and the side would need a strong start from them in this game. Jasprit Bumrah and Nathan Coulter-Nile nailed it in the last game, and this would add to the side’s confidence. Pollard and Neesham shall have to play the supporting role perfectly in this game.
Top Batsman – Rohit Sharma
Top Bowler – Trent Boult
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rohit Sharma, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan, SA Yadav, James Neesham
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||31||0 mm.||4.12 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|03h||31||0 mm.||1.66 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|06h||31||0 mm.||0.81 k/h||From: W||0%|
|09h||32||0 mm.||4.47 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|12h||32||0 mm.||4.45 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|15h||32||0 mm.||3.87 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|18h||32||0 mm.||4.17 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||31||0 mm.||2.98 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
We would see a warm evening at Abu Dhabi on October 8 and the wicket is expected to be flat and batsmen are likely to enjoy their time on this surface. There would be little assistance for the bowlers here. The side that bats first would have to target a score around the 180-run mark to win here.
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi is known for being a batsman’s paradise as the surface here is flat and the outfield lightning fast. Fast bowlers haven’t fared well here in the past as there is little for them on the track. Spinners have done well as the ball can turn sharply on occasions.
Only twice in the seven games played here has the side batting first gone on to win a game at this venue. It is a difficult wicket to bat on early in the innings and chasing big totals here is never a challenge. Thus, the side batting first here should have little hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Sunrisers Hyderabad would be playing for their pride in this game. Their batting is looking poor, and the top order would have to deliver the goods for the side to win. The Mumbai Indians would have their confidence high after the big win in the last game. They have a good bowling attack and enjoy an excellent record against Hyderabad. This would make them favorites here.
Mumbai Indians to win