In a game that is as good as a friendly for the Mumbai Indians, they lock horns with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, a side whose hopes are dangling on the outcome of this game. Win, and the Sunrisers still stay afloat, albeit just about, but lose, and they can bid the playoffs adieu. IPL 2021 wasn’t great for either side.
In a season that they were not expected to make the playoffs, the team from Hyderabad have punched above their weight. But they would feel much better about themselves if they are able to get the win today. It could end up becoming a rather one-sided cricket match if SRH show up.
While Mumbai has been woeful this season, they do approach this game having won 3 out of their last 4 games and have some sort of momentum going through. Will they be able to crash another party, or will Sunrisers have the last laugh?
The Mumbai Indians approach this game with nothing to gain or lose from it. They can just go about playing their game with a sense of freedom like they did last game. Their bowling was absolutely on the money, with the likes of Sams and Meredith bowling brilliantly along with the usual suspect Bumrah. If only they could have done the same early on in the season, it could have been a much different story, but that is a story for another day.
They will look to give some of the other young guns on their side a chance, with Tristan Stubbs already making his debut in the last game. It will have to be seen whether they play Pollard today, considering his excellent record against Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, but it looks like the focus is on the future.
Currently on a five-match losing streak, SRH last won more than three weeks ago. Unlike Mumbai Indian though, Sunrisers don’t have as many options to tinker with. More or less the same lot that was in the XI through the losses, were a part of their success, in the five-match winning streak that preceded the dry spell. In a way, they punched above their weight with the limited resources when they did, and don’t have much scope to tinker even when the right solutions aren’t available.
SRH’s success will depend on their bowlers, who were instrumental in their wins. In their five games, they never conceded more than 175, while in the five matches they have lost thereafter, they have given away more than that each time. The thin spin resources aren’t doing them any good in the second half of the tournament either, where the pitches have become tired and slower. Can SRH things in their favour and qualify for the playoffs now?
Mumbai Indians 10 – Sunrisers Hyderabad 8
This is a must-win for the Sunrisers, so they will have to make sure that they dominate the game in the early proceedings to stand a chance of winning, but this game has Mumbai being the favourites, keeping in mind their recent form and the spate of poor performances by the Sunrisers in their losing run.
Date and time
17th May 2022 (Tuesday) at 7:30 pm.
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai