Indian Premier League, 2018
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
The Big Picture
It’s going to be a pulsating night at the Wankhede as the defending champions Mumbai Indians take on 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are coming off a back-to-back loss in their last two games.
Where: Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
When: 24 April 2018, 8:00 PM
With close proximity to the Arabian sea, the Wankhede pitch helps the swing bowlers considerably and with red soil at its disposal, spinners don’t lack behind either. With a fair contest between bat and ball, the pitch makes for a great T20 viewing.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score have hovered from 146.5 to 175.43, 51.4% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (38) while team’s batting second have won 48.6% of the matches (36).
After having lost four of the five matches thus far in the final over, the Mumbai Indians find themselves in a precarious situation. Two things have plagued the defending champions thus far.
While their top order in Lewis, Yadav, Rohit, and Ishan have given a launchpad for their power hitters, the likes of Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard have not really clicked and hence have not been able to give their team an ideal finish, and secondly their death bowling. While Jasprit Bumrah has been consistent, he needs to guard against bowling no-balls, that proved catastrophic for his team last time. While Markande continues to impress, the likes of McClenaghan and Mustafizur will need to step-up.
- Despite loss after loss, MI look settled in their playing combination.
- There is an outside chance of them bringing in extra pace in the form of Adam Milne. If he gets in, Mustafizur Rahman or Mitchell McClenaghan will be pushed out.
- Mayank Markande didn’t bowl out his quota in the last match, although he is most likely to keep his place.
Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan/Aditya Tare(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya/Pradeep Sangwan, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.
In the Spotlight
The much-wanted bowling attack of the 2016 IPL champions, has come in for a battering in the past couple of games especially Rashid Khan, who was taken for plenty by the likes of Gayle and Rayudu, and while that may not be a cause for concern yet, their batting especially in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan,have lacked the desired fire-power and while skipper Williamson have been consistent, the likes of Hooda and Pathan will need to step-up against MI.
- Ricky Bhui, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan as an opening batsman, did not trouble the scorers in his first appearance. Shikhar might come in for him, as confirmed by skipper Williamson.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar is injured and Sandeep Sharma is set to replace him.
- Yusuf batted with cramps on Sunday night but Williamson hoped he would be fine by Tuesday evening.
- 4 expected Overseas Players are likely to be Rashid, Hasan, Williamson and Stanlake/Alex Hales
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan/Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan/Sachin Baby, Deepak Hooda, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlaike/Alex Hales, Siddarth Kaul
Where to watch Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com