Mumbai Indias face Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 16 of IPL 2020 in Sharjah on October 4, Sunday. It will be the first afternoon game(3.30 pm IST) for both teams in the hot and humid conditions in Sharjah. The Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad contest will be the first of the two games on a Super Sunday. Kings XI Play CSK in the next game in Dubai starting from 7.30 pm IST. More about the MI vs SRH Preview in detail below.
Mumbai Indians come into this game on the back of a resounding win over Kings XI Punjab in their last game. It was a complete performance from the Rohit Sharma-led team, with the captain himself scoring runs. Their middle-order fired as well with Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya scoring almost 90 off the last five against Punjab.
Their bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah are also turning up every match and delivering as well. Mumbai’s margin of victory against KKR first and then Kings XI proves the fact that they are a well-rounded side in this IPL. Their power-hitters joining the party makes them an even dangerous side keeping in mind the damage that they can do in the final five overs. Also, the match will be played in Sharjah, which is the smallest of the three grounds in the UAE. We can surely expect some fireworks from the Pollard-Pandya pair.
Battle of the Power-Hitters
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their win against CSK. They came into this match with only three wins against the MS Dhoni-led side and delivered another win and this time a telling blow to the Yellow Army.
One of the biggest positives for the side from their last game was the rise of youngsters Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma. The duo soaked the early pressure and then added a 77-run stand which ultimately became the turning point of the match against CSK. Sunrisers will be expecting the youngsters to keep up their good work against Mumbai Indians as well.
However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury against CSK will keep the management thinking, with the team having no proper bench strength to replace the senior statesman. Bhuvi is most likely to miss the game against Mumbai after he looked in a bit of struggle with his left thigh which was heavily strapped after the match.
Head to Head
It’s pretty even between both teams in the IPL so far. Each team has won seven each among the 14 played in total. In the last five meetings between the two teams, SRH has won three games, while Mumbai two.
Also Read: IPL 2020: CSK vs SRH- 5 Talking Points
Pitch & Weather Conditions
An afternoon game will mean that the heat will be a problem for the players to deal with. A ground will considerably smaller dimensions, power-hitters from both teams will fancy their chances of scoring big. Just two games have been played at this venue so far and have seen a total of close to 1000 runs being scored. Also, 65 sixes have been hit in the two games played so far at this venue. Out of the two games, the first game was won by the team batting first, while the second game was won by the team chasing. The Royals pulled off a record chase of 223 in the last match at this venue.
Team News: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
As said earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury will keep the SRH management thinking. He is almost sure to miss the next game against Mumbai and possibly a few more. Either of Siddharth Kaul or Sandeep Sharma might replace him in the XI. The rest of the side is expected to be same.
As for Mumbai, they would not like to tinker with a side that has won them two back to back matches against KKR and Kings XI Punjab. The game against RCB was an unfortunate one to lose.
Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Digvijay Deshmukh, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Saurabh Tiwary
David Warner (C), Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Fabian Allen, Mitchell Marsh, Priyam Garg, Sandeep Bavanaka, Sanjay Yadav, Virat Singh