About the Match
Mumbai Indians suffered their second loss, this time against the Lions and are placed in the sixth spot with only 2 points; they will now face Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have been winless till now, on 18th April at Hyderabad. The hosts have been defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, with the latter game played at home; they will now need to make amends and try to win their fans over with a better performance on Monday. Mumbai Indians are also desperate for a win and it needs to be seen which side can rise above its weaknesses to climb up the table from here on.
Dhawan yet again failed to fire and the top-order collapsed to 3-36 by the 6th over; Eoin Morgan fought a lone battle as he scored a well-made 51 off 43 and with support from Ojha down the line, he helped put up a respectable total of 142 against KKR. However, the agony continued for the hosts as the bowlers couldn’t contain the opposition run-flow and lost the match by 8 wickets.
In the match against RCB, the batsmen had an uphill task at hand; chasing 228 runs, Warner started with a quick fire 58 from 25 deliveries but Dhawan could only contribute with a lowly 8. The lower order then took the responsibility after Henriques fell for 19 in the 11th over; Morgan, Reddy and Karn Sharma fought well to keep the scoreboard ticking but they fell short by 45 runs in the end.
Mustafizur Rahman, who took 2-26 against RCB, continues with his good form while Ashish Reddy and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the other bowlers, who have risen to the occasion for SRH till now. Ashish Nehra has tremendous experience and can be ruthless with his pace but he was sorely missed in the game against KKR due to an injury. Bowlers like Karn Sharma and Sran will have to do better in providing breakthroughs in the upcoming game.
Batting first against Lions, the batsmen put up a lacklustre performance; barring Patel’s 34 off 29 and contributions from Rayudu, Krunal Pandya and Tim Southee, the others failed to fire. With only 143 on board, the bowlers had a tough task but McClenaghan gave them hope with a brilliant 4-21. Bumrah and all-rounder Krunal Pandya took 3 wickets between them to restrict the Lions while Southee put up a good show; however, after a well-fought contest, they ended up on the losing side once again.
They won the match against KKR after a brilliant show by Rohit Sharma, who posted an unbeaten 84 from 54 during the chase for 188. With Buttler contributing with 41 off 22, the Indians had won the match with 5 balls to spare. McClenaghan is in good form with the ball and continues to lead the pack with his wicket-taking abilities; Harbhajan Singh has contributed well with both bat and ball while Bumrah and Southee bring their pace skills to the table.
Overall, they are a well-balanced side with in-form batsmen and experienced bowlers but there are some gaps in their batting, which must be addressed before it’ s too late.
Batting woes are troubling both sides but they will try to come out all guns blazing on Monday to uplift their performance; the match could go down to the wire and can be a pivotal match for the teams as both sides as struggling at the moment. Sunrisers' side look a little under powered in middle-order and over-dependent on Warner at the top, we think that Mumbai Indians will register a win here to bounce back in the competition