Their play-off chances hanging by a thread, Sunrisers Hyderabad will need to snap their five-match losing streak when they take on an already eliminated Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2022 match on Tuesday (May 17). It has been a rollercoaster ride for SRH who won five games in a row before losing the next five.
SRH, if they win their two remaining games including the one against MI, will jump to 14 points and then be left hoping that the other results go their way to have an outside chance of making the play-offs. But a loss against Mumbai at the Wankhede stadium will surely eliminate them, as there are already seven teams now with 12 or more points.
Hyderabad will need to put up a much improved show with the bat. Skipper Williamson is enduring a wretched run in this season and the Kiwi has collected just 208 runs from 12 games at an average of 18.92. He needs to find his mojo.
Head coach Tom Moody defended the move to open with an out-of-form Williamson and the New Zealander will need to prove his coach right. His opening partner Abhishek Sharma, who chipped in with a 43 in the last game, needs to convert the starts to big scores. But the duo would have their task cut out against a formidable Mumbai attack on a track that helps pacers.
SRH have the necessary fire-power in the middle-order with the likes of Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram and swashbuckling Nicholos Pooran, but consistency has been an issue. Their middle-order crumbled in their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, which they lost by 54 runs, and hence the three would need to fire in unison.
Equally crucial is the role of Washington Sundar and Shashank Singh as finishers. The formidable Sunrisers pace attack includes Umran Malik, who has been a revelation, while the others like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, who can trouble Rohit with the delivery that comes in, and yorker specialist T Natarajan have fared well.
The MI batters will need to be wary of Malik, who is improving after every game and already has 18 wickets.
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match No. 65
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: May 17th at 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Star Gold and Disney+Hotstar
MI vs SRH Dream 11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Ishan Kishan
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Abhishek Sharma, Tilak Varma
All-rounders: Aiden Markram, Daniel Sams
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Marco Jansen, Umran Malik
Captain: Aiden Markram
Vice-Captain: Umran Malik
MI vs SRH Probable Playing XI
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs, Ramandeep Singh, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik