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The Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their return fixture against each other in this match. The first match between the two teams was an absolute thriller that was decided off the last ball. Both the Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers Hyderabad were also involved in thrillers just prior to this match but both of them ended on the losing side of things.
SRH has slipped slightly after a brilliant start to its season while the Mumbai Indians continue to find a way to lose from winning positions.
This match will be a very important fixture in the bigger scheme of things as the teams try and build some momentum in their campaigns.
Rarely has a team played as well as the Mumbai Indians have in this season and lost so many matches. Their last over loss to the Rajasthan Royals was their fourth loss from five matches and they are currently second from the bottom of the table.
An excellent start provided by Ambati Rayadu and Ishan Kishan was wasted by the middle order. The total of 167 on a flat Rajasthan wicket was always going to be difficult to defend against. Kieron Pollard was promoted in this match above Rohit Sharma, possibly in an effort to give him the time he needs in the middle but the move did not work.
Pollard faced 20 deliveries for 21 runs and faced too many dot balls for comfort. Will Mumbai continue to give him a free ride when they have a player of the caliber of JP Duminy waiting in the wings? We certainly hope not.
Rohit Sharma was unlucky to have been run out first ball but we think it is time that he starts coming in at 3 and setting the pace of the inning. Rohit Sharma is regarded as one of the best T20 batsmen in the world and needs to give himself the opportunity to bat the maximum overs.
This is one situation where being the captain is possibly harming his ability to see the obvious.
Mumbai has the power hitters to capitalize on good starts by Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and McClenaghan ran into a rampaging Jofra Archer and could not do much about it.
Hopefully, Mumbai will take some solace from its bowling effort that was able to keep them in the match till the last ball. In fact, before K Gowtham’s burst to win the Rajasthan Royals the match, Mumbai would have been very confident of winning the match.
Bad luck is one thing but Mumbai needs to take a close look at the reasons why it is losing so many close matches despite having two of the best death bowlers in the world on its side.
SA Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, MJ Mcclenaghan, Mayank Markande, JJ Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.
Three wins from three matches have now been followed by two losses. The situation is nothing to panic about at the moment, but the SRH management would definitely be getting a little worried. The team which has been the best bowling side of the tournament so far is finding it tough to cope with the loss of Shikhar Dhawan to injury.
Dhawan was in belligerent form before being injured and is going to be very hard to replace. The loss of Dhawan after Warner was ruled out of the tournament has left the SRH batting very vulnerable and dependant on Kane Williamson.
Perhaps, even more troubling for SRH would be the manner in which Rashid Khan has been taken apart in two consecutive matches. Rashid Khan is the number one ranked bowler in T20 cricket and is consistently brilliant in this format.
His four overs are often discounted by the opposition team that attempts to take advantage of the bowlers around him and this end up giving their wickets to lesser bowlers as well. With Rashid Khan being unable to stem the flow of runs in the last two matches the SRH bowling attack has come unstuck.
How Rashid Khan goes against a strong Mumbai lineup on a flat Wankhede pitch could determine the outcome of the match to a large extent.
Still, the presence of Shakib Al Hasan, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, and Siddharth Kaul in the lineup alongside Rashid Khan give SRH the best bowling lineup fo the tournament by far. The fast bowlers may enjoy some of the bounce that the Wankhede affords but they will have to be very careful with their lines.
Pace and bounce can travel to the boundary with ease in Mumbai.
We think that SRH needs to beef up it's batting ahead of this match. Ricky Bhui looked unconvincing in his short stay while Manish Pandey seems to be batting a position too high at number three. Kane Williamson is in the race for the orange cap and is in scintillating form. The team will look to him again to lead them from the front and for the other batsmen to bat around him.
Yusuf Pathan seemed to be struggling with his fitness as well in the last match. He did end up striking some massive sixes in the end so if Pathan and Hooda can shore up the finishing job, SRH may be able to compete with Mumbai in terms of the batting as well.
WP Saha, Shikhar Dhawan, KS Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, YK Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, S Sharma, Siddarth Kaul.
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The pitch at the Wankhede is one of the best to bat on in this entire tournament. There is good bounce and pace on the surface while the boundaries are pretty small as well. We have seen scores of close to 200 being chased down at this ground so it can be tough to know what is enough while batting first.
We think a score of 180 should be considered as par on this surface.
No rain has been predicted for match day at the moment.
Mumbai Indians have lost four out of the last five matches between the two sides. They are, however, playing at home where they are a formidable team to beat. The loss of Shikhar Dhawan has hit SRH hard and it is still not certain whether he will be back for this match.
With the conditions favoring a high scoring match, we think the Mumbai Indians will be able to overcome a depleted SRH side.
Back the Mumbai Indians to win.
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