The Wankhede stadium in Mumbai will witness one of the engrossing matches of this season as today will be a match between the third and fourth-placed team. Mumbai who are third in the points table with 14 points will move to the second if they defeat SRH. Hyderabad, meanwhile, are fourth and would automatically qualify for the IPL qualifiers if they defeat Mumbai.
Mumbai were outclassed by a spirited KKR side on Sunday, and would thus look to bounce back against the high-flying SRH and thus qualify for a place in the IPL qualifiers. SRH, on the other hand, after two consecutive defeats finally won a match against KXIP on Monday.
Mumbai Indians (Probable XI): Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Probable XI): Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma.
Rohit Sharma vs Rashid Khan
One of the best-limited overs batsman in today’s generation, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma is the main batsman for Mumbai. Once set, Rohit can hit boundaries at ease and can quickly take away the game from the hands of his opposition.
With just 200 runs short to be the third batsman to have scored 5000 IPL runs, Rohit has scored 4800 IPL runs at an average of 31.58. With 1 IPL century and further 35 fifties to his name, the Indian vice-captain has a healthy strike-rate of 131.98 which further proves why he is regarded as one of the most talented and destructive batsmen in modern time.
Rashid Khan has not been successful in picking up wickets this season, but he has certainly been successful in restricting runs. And this quality of his aids SRH as Rashid Khan is not only a genuine wicket-taking bowler but also an economical bowler who will keep a check on opposition’s run flow. With 52 wickets in 43 matches and an impressive economy rate of 6.54, the Afghan bowler has an S/R of 19.61.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Manish Pandey
Arguably the best bowler in the world presently, Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t yet staged the set on fire in this year’s IPL. However, knowing the capabilities of this Indian youngster, one can surely not write him off. With only 13 wickets in 12 matches this season, one can say Jasprit hasn’t performed to his true potential, however, one should also see that even though he hasn’t picked up any wickets, yet he has been impactful for his side with an economy of 6.61 in 12 innings in IPL 12.
Jasprit has picked up 76 wickets in 73 matches in his overall IPL career, with an economy of 7.59 which is very impressive considering he bowls primarily in death overs. With an IPL average of 27.35, Bumrah is the go-to bowler for Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma when he needs to restrict runs or pick up wickets.
After David Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s departure, it is Manish Pandey who has to score the bulk of the runs for SRH. He has been in a formidable form in the recent past with already scoring 2 fifties with an S/R of 139.28. In the 9 matches that he has played this season, he has scored 234 runs with an average of 39. Overall, he has scored 2733 runs in IPL with an average of 28.76 and an S/R of 121.03. He has also scored 1 century and 14 fifties with his highest score of 114* coming while playing for RCB in the 2009 edition.
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Since the match is being played at Wankhede in Mumbai, the team who will bat second will have an advantage over the other keeping dew in mind. However, looking at the teams, Team CricWizz predicts Mumbai to easily win the match as SRH have lost two integral players in their squad and the players stepping in would thus look to establish themselves rather than help Hyderabad win the match.
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