Mumbai Indians is the first team which has qualified for the play-offs stage in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 edition as they have amassed 18 points in 11 games with three games remaining in its group stage.

Shredding the tag of slow starters in style, the Blue brigade has made it easy to claim a win after another which further describes their bench strength and stability and ability in the Playing XI team management goes for.

On the other side, David Warner-led side had a decent start to their campaign before losing out a couple of games to come under pressure. It would be an all-important game for the side as they would be eyeing to find themselves in the top four, for the knockout stage which will kick off on May 16.

So far, the Hyderabad-based outfit has claimed six wins to see gaining 13 points which also include a washed-out game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Previous Encounters:

On April 12, Mumbai Indians thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai when they chased down the target of 159 in 18.4 overs following the all-round effort from batsmen and bowlers.

In overall nine matches, Mumbai Indians have five wins to their name and Sunrisers Hyderabad has won five.

In four matches at Hyderabad, Sunrisers have won two and Mumbai won two respectively so far. This further gives an idea how both the sides have competed against each other.

However, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians have won their all three matches at home against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Recent Form: (five matches, left to right, from previous to latest matches they have played)

MI – W L W W W

SRH – NR W W L L

Talking Points:

Mumbai Indians is proud of their boys while firing in unison. In their previous match against Delhi Daredevils, the visitors claimed the 146-run win after bundling out hosts for 66 runs.

As Lendl Simmons was given a chance, who scored a fifty alongside his West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard before slow bowlers with the likes of Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma claimed three wickets each to give another clinical win to formidable Mumbai.

The performance has boosted the morale of the team which turned everything to the gold whatever came in their way in this season.

The side would be aiming to win their three remaining matches to maintain the number one position on points table at the group stage.

Being in sublime form Mumbai Indians are delivering the results in their favour with everyone chipping in to compensate for each other after the initial failures particularly by side’s skipper Rohit Sharma, who struggled against leg-spinners before making a decent comeback in parts.

Mumbai boys have kept things under control while having the best in business at the helm. The side would like to see young revelation Nitish Rana delivering the punch in the remainder of the games as the Twenty20 competition has reached an enticing stage.

The side has the perfect mixture of experience and youth, who did well while being consistent either with the bat and a ball.

Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga had been delivering in unison followed by occasional blip. Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya has also steadied Mumbai’s ship which further includes wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel at the top before stray performances against Rising Pune Supergiant saw them going down with two losses.

Table-toppers would give a tough task to the hosts bowling line-up, which is capable of denting the morale of formidable side like Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians Predicted XI:

Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma (c), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga.

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    Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor

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