It’s Sunday and defending champions Mumbai Indians play Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first game of the doubleheader at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Both teams will come from the back of victories and will hope to keep their winning run going ahead in IPL 2020. We bring you the match prediction from that game.
Mumbai Indians have finally started to hit the strides with Rohit Sharma leading the team from the front. The players have started to chip in when needed with Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav all in form. The camp might ponder with Quinton de Kock’s below outing and might ponder to give Chris Lynn a hit in the middle.
The form of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard will have Mumbai Indians in good stead. Both of them shared a good partnership against Kings XI Punjab Punjab which saw them home. On the bowling front, James Pattinson has been a revelation alongside Jasprti Bumrah and Trent Boult.
Will the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar cost Hyderabad heavily?
Speaking about Sunrisers Hyderabad, they will have to be on the table and sort their batting woes. Despite the victory, the top-order looked wobbly and tremors were felt in the middle-order. Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma arrested the collapse with a partnership which eventually was the game-changer.
The David Warner-led side will hope to have Bhuvneshwar Kumar in their ranks fully fit. He copped a blow in the last game and had to walk off the field. If he failed to make the cut, one between Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul should come in the playing XI. The focus will be on Rashid Khan against a heavyweight batting line-up of Mumbai Indians.
IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on September 22 from 3:30 PM IST
It will be a belter once again in Sharjah with all encounters witnessing scores above 200. The bowlers will have a tough time playing in a small ground.
Predicted Playing XI
Mumbai Indians: Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Khaleel Ahmed
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Match Prediction – Who will win the match?
Nothing to separate between the two teams from their paste meetings. Both teams have won seven matches each in the previous 14 encounters. However, Mumbai Indians have a slight advantage of winning three of the last 5 encounters.
They are likely to better their tally when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sharjah. Mumbai Indians have a settled playing XI with all bases covered and will enter the game as firm favourites.