Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first defeat of IPL 2017 and as defending champions came at the hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium. Rohit Sharma and co. helped themselves to a four-wicket win with a complete performance.
SRH vs MI Head-to-head
The head-to-head record between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Mumbai Indians has since IPL 2013, the season when the former made their debut as an IPL franchise, been very even.
Mumbai, by winning the reverse fixture earlier this season, currently lead Hyderabad 5-4.
At the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, these two teams have met each other four times and the head-to-head record stands at 2-2.
Sunrisers beat Mumbai home and away (Visakhapatnam) last season and Mumbai did the league double on Hyderabad in IPL 2015. The boys from Mumbai have a chance in match 48 to do another double over the defending IPL champions.
Hyderabad: LLWWNR (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 4th)
Mumbai: WWTLW (current position on the points table: 1st)
Match 48: SRH vs MI Playing XI
Ashish Nehra, who had recovered from neck spasm and was picked in the playing XI for the home clash against Rising Pune Supergiant, pulled his left hamstring while bowling his second over. The Delhi left-arm pacer is likely to miss tonight’s match against Mumbai.
Mohammed Siraj, who made way for Nehra, is expected to come back into the playing XI.
Other than this forced change, Sunrisers are not expected to tinker with the playing XI they fielded on Saturday. The bowlers did a reasonably good job and the batsmen will look to pull their socks up.
SRH’s probable playing XI vs MI: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Kane Williamson, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Naman Ojha (wk), 6. Moises Henriques, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Siddarth Kaul, and 11. Mohammed Siraj
Actual playing XI for Sunrisers: 1. David Warner (c), 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Mohammad Nabi, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Naman Ojha (wk), 6. Moises Henriques, 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Rashid Khan, 10. Siddarth Kaul, and 11. Mohammed Siraj
Mumbai Indians are arguably the most settled side in the league currently. Not only is their squad well-stocked with quality players but also those who lend perfect balance to the side.
Mumbai were without Krunal Pandya for the clash against Delhi on Saturday and the Baroda spinning all-rounder hasn’t recovered from the injury he suffered while fielding against Royal Challengers Bangalore, meaning he will not feature against Sunrisers.
Mumbai are expected to retain their winning combination from Saturday.
MI’s probable playing XI vs SRH: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel (wk), 3. Lendl Simmons, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Karn Sharma, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, and 11. Mitchell McClenaghan
The actual playing XI for Mumbai is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted.
Prediction: Match 48
Mumbai are enjoying a very good season during which the batting and bowling have clicked together so far and the fielding is improving all the time. Their opponents on Monday have fallen away a touch in the last five fixtures, of which they have won just two. Sunrisers are a little over-reliant on David Warner the batsman, with whose presence in the middle they are a different animal than without. Given the quality of Mumbai’s bowling attack, Sunrisers need Warner to get a big score to potentially win and get their season back on track. Mumbai will start match 48 as the favourites.