Mumbai Indians (MI) cannot qualify for the playoffs on their own and will need other results to go their way. However, to stand a chance, they'll need to win the game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). For SRH the task is pretty simple, spoil MI’s plan. SRH though would be vary of their opponent as MI have found rhythm and confidence by thumping RR in their previous game by eight wickets.
Like a true champion side, the five-time IPL champions unleashed their beast mode and signaled a warning of sorts to the other opponents, who have entered the playoffs. The bowling and batting clicked in unison, with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Ishan Kishan leading the charge with the ball and bat respectively.
Meanwhile, SRH batters once again struggled against RCB. Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored with handy 31 runs. However, the bowlers were right on the money and defended the modest target of 141. SRH also unearthed a gem in pacer Umran Malik, who also bowled the fastest delivery of this year’s IPL season. SRH would be hoping to put yet another spirited performance against MI.
The match is going to be played at Abu Dhabi. Like the last year, the pitches have been good to bat. In the second innings though, the spinners become more of a threat
Predicted Playing XI
Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (Captain), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Umran Malik
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Jimmy Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
SRH skipper Kane Williamson finally got amongst the runs and scored a valuable 31 runs against RCB. Although he didn’t look at his fluent best, the innings nonetheless was pivotal in SRH reaching a competitive score in the end. With only a game to be played, the SRH skipper would be hoping to end the campaign on a positive note.
Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile performed well against RR by picking up four wickets. He consistently hit the good lengths and kept things tight. Coulter Nile has also been very economical. With a playoffs berth at stake, the speedster would be hoping to continue his good form.