Abu Dhabi. Five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will have to win not only in a ‘do or die’ match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Friday to make it to the playoffs of IPL 2021. However, just winning won’t work for him. The most successful team of IPL is the challenge in front of Mumbai. They need a big 170-run win over Hyderabad to go into the playoffs. After defeating Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets, Mumbai are now in sixth place with 12 points from 13 matches. His net run rate is -0.048.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, has a run rate of 0.587, which is at the fourth position with 14 points from 14 matches. In such a situation, even if Mumbai wins, it will be difficult for them to qualify, because there is a huge difference between KKR and their net run rate. To get a big win over Hyderabad, Mumbai will first have to score at least 250 plus while batting and then the bowlers will also have to do a miracle by making Hyderabad cheap.
Rohit Sharma needs to convert good starts into big scores
Rohit (363 runs) will once again have to lead from the front. He has to convert a good start into a big score which he is not able to do in this IPL. At the same time, Ishan Kishan’s confidence would have increased by putting an aggressive half-century against Rajasthan. Mumbai’s middle order is in poor form. Suryakumar Yadav (235 runs), all-rounder Hardik Pandya (117 runs), Kieron Pollard (232 runs) and Saurabh Tiwary (115 runs) will have to perform well.
Mumbai bowlers did wonders in the last match
The Mumbai team management, however, will be happy with the performance of their bowlers, who bowled out Royals for 90 in the previous match. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has taken 19 wickets so far. In the last match, Nathan Coulter-Nile took 4 wickets. Trent Boult and spinner Jayant Yadav will also be expected to perform well.
On the other hand, Sunrisers, already out of the race for the playoffs, would like to bid farewell with a win. Captain Kane Williamson performed brilliantly in the last match and he would like to maintain the momentum. Cooperation will also be needed from Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad and Wriddhiman Saha.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Johnson, Yudhveer Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Urman Malik, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma , Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, J Suchit, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman, Jason Roy.