Preview: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Predicted XI for MI v SRH:
Mumbai Indians XI:
PA Patel†, LMP Simmons, UBT Chand, RG Sharma*, AT Rayudu†, KA Pollard, S Gopal, Harbhajan Singh, MJ McClenaghan, SL Malinga, R Vinay Kumar
Sunrisers Hyderabad XI:
Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, KL Rahul, Naman Ojha (wk), R Bopara, Karn Sharma, Trent Boult/Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Reddy, Praveen Kumar.
The Game –
The 25th April 2014 will see Mumbai Indians and SunRisers Hyderabad face off in an important clash at the Wankehde Stadium, Mumbai from 4.00pm.
Mumbai Indians lost their previous match to Delhi Daredevils whereas SunRisers won a rain curtailed match against Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai Indians has been struggling and managed to win only one match whereas SunRisers have also won 2 matches.
PREVIOUS YEAR CLASHES –
The first time they met was on 30th April at Dubai. It was a high scoring match. Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field. SunRisers lost 2 early wickets of Finch and Dhawan but after that KL Rahul and David Warner put a brilliant 111 third wicket stand. Both of them scored half centuries and helped SunRisers to post a competitive total of 172 for 5 in 20 overs.
While chasing, Mumbai Indians lost 3 early wickets of Rohit Sharma, Corey Anderson and Dunk. But after that Rayadu and Pollard put up 77 runs for the fourth wicket partnership. Pollard was the top scorer with 78 but the rest of batting did not contribute much and Mumbai Indians lost the match by 15 runs.
After 11 days, they met again but this time in Hyderabad. It was good game of cricket that time too. Sunrisers won the toss and elected to bat. Sunrisers lost 2 early wickets of Dhawan and Rahul. Finch and Warner ensured that they did not lose any more wickets. Both Warner and Finch scored half centuries.
Sunrisers scored 157 for 3 in 20 overs. While chasing, Mumbai Indians lost the early wicket of Gautam but Simmons and Rayadu made sure that Mumbai Indians won the match with ease. Rayadu and Simmons scored 68 each. Mumbai Indians won the match by 7 wickets with 8 balls to spare.
Key Players –
David Warner played a captain’s knock against Kolkata Knight Riders. He took the bowlers on and put pressure on Kolkata Knight Riders team. He smashed a well made 91 and ensured that SunRisers post a competitive total of 176. Against Mumbai Indians, David Warner would like to continue his form and make the most of it.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the best bowler in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. His bowling helped SunRisers win the match against Kolkata Knight Riders. He did not pick wickets at the start and conceded 24 runs in 3 overs picking 1 wicket. Against Mumbai Indians, his role is to pick initial breakthroughs and not let Mumbai Indians to score runs freely.
Rohit Sharma came at number 4 against Delhi Daredevils and scored 30 runs off 24 balls. He needs to take charge and come at the top of the order, play most of the balls which would ensure that Mumbai Indians would be able to put pressure on the top quality Sunrisers bowling.
Lasith Malinga did bowl well against Delhi Daredevils. He has not looked in form in this IPL so far though. In the previous match he bowled 4 overs, giving 23 runs and picking 1 wicket. Against Sunrisers he must come to party and help Mumbai Indians to get their campaign back on track.
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