There is a joke going around on social media. A judge asks a boy who he would like to stay with – his mother or his father. None, because both of them beat me, he says. “I would like to say with Mumbai Indians, as they beat no one.” It has been a horror first 1/3rd of the season for the defending champions, and they are in danger returning home without a single win in the UAE leg of the IPL.
Till their title win, the criticism of Mumbai Indians used to be that despite having a full of overseas and Indian big stars, they would often fall short at crucial stages of a game. But compete they would more often than not, till this season. Scores of 122, 115, 141 and 125 do not win you T20 games, unless your bowling has an exceptional day. The one time Mumbai Indians bowled first in UAE, they conceded 163.
Mumbai Indians have had running problems with the opening partnership in several seasons, and this season has been no different. By their fourth game, they realized that the man who has be himself successfully as a limited-overs opener for India is also an option at the top of their order. Before that, Rohit Sharma was coming in with too much to do after the pair of Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare had failed to provide the kind of starts their side needed.
With fewer games per side this season, Mumbai Indians cannot really afford to keep piling up the losses. Sun Risers Hyderabad are in only a slightly better position with one victory. Their batting looked top-heavy coming into the season, and the fears with a thin middle order unable to step up have come true so far when big batsmen failed. At least the strengths and weaknesses are clearer in Sunrisers’ case. Mumbai Indians, as has been the case in the past too, seem to be misfiring without any standout reason.
Head-to-Head in T20’s:
MI and SRH faced 2 times in IPL and it has been in 1:1 ratio as both won 1 each. Both the matches were played in Last Season and both were won by teams while chasing.
Pitch and Weather Report:
The ball has done too much under lights in Dubai in previous two games. Dew factor is coming into play in recent matches and the toss could be deciding the fate of the match.
Mumbai Indians have signed West Indian batman, Lendl Simmons in for injured Jalaj Saxena. But he hasn’t joined the team. They will look to replace Ben Dunk in for Hussey, probably the only change they make look to make as other slowly setting to the conditions.
Mumbai Indians’ Possible Playing XI:
Sun Risers’ biggest strength has been their bowling but this time it hasn’t up to the mark. They have kept gambling their bowling due to it but hasn’t terrifying as last season. They may think of bringing back Irfan Pathan.
Sun Risers Hyderabad’s Possible Playing XI: