Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) displayed immense character to pull off a stunning victory in their previous game against the in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Though SRH could manage just 141 runs at the end of their 20 overs, they did not let the chase be a cakewalk for RCB. In what was a last-ball thriller, SRH was successful in clinching a victory by four runs.
SRH have had a dismaying tournament this season. The team’s lethal bowling lineup has been their strength over the years. However, this time around the scripts weren’t quite the same. Apart from that, SRH’s batting unit has also struggled. Heading into the last league game, the team would be determined to end their campaign on a positive note.
For the five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI), they have been left to decide their own fate. The team has Kolkata Knight Riders in their way with a better run-rate than MI. The team thus will need to pull off a big win in order to book their spot in the top four. In their must-win game against Rajasthan, MI’s bowlers ran through the opposition’s batting order to restrict them to a total of just 90 runs.
Chasing down, what came in as a big sigh of relief for MI is the good form of their star batter Ishan Kishan. The Rohit Sharma-led side is known to bounce back stronger and that is what the team will aim for ahead of this match.
Batters are expected to get an edge on this surface of the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. On winning the toss, opting to chase should be the way to go.
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
The pacer has been skipper Rohit Sharma’s go-to man in crunch situations. The team will have their hopes pinned on Bumrah to provide them with crucial breakthroughs. He is currently MI’s leading wicket-taker with 19 wickets to his account. Moving into this pivotal encounter, he will look forward to making an impact for the side.
Jason Holder has contributed to the team with both the bat and the ball. He can play the quickfire knocks to help the team to fetch in some important runs. Whereas with the ball, he has been instrumental in scalping some prized wickets for SRH. In the last game against RCB, he picked a wicket and was extremely clinical with the ball in the death overs.