The last match of the IPL 2020 league stage between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians is to be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday evening from 7:30 pm. If the Mumbai team has already qualified for the playoffs, then they will just want to check their bench strength in this match, while for Hyderabad this match does or die. If Hyderabad manages to beat Mumbai today, they will make it to the playoffs due to a better run rate than KKR, if they lose here then all the players will have to look their way home.
Assess both teams
On 24 October, the Hyderabad team failed to achieve the 127-run target set by Kings XI Punjab to play the next three matches at the top of the points table with Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians. Sunrisers Hyderabad has completed 12 points defeating Delhi and RCB, but they need to beat Mumbai in today’s match to reach the playoffs.
Hyderabad has suffered a major setback after the injury of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh. All-rounder Vijay Shankar was injured during the match against Delhi, which cost him out of the tournament.
The Hyderabad team has looked in a very strong position for the last two matches. With Saha in the top order, Warner is getting a chance to openly play cricket. In the middle overs, he also has an experience like Kane Williamson and Jason Holder.
In today’s match, the entire team of Hyderabad will have to perform together only then they will be able to qualify for the playoffs. There is no hope of any change in his playing XI.
Talking about Mumbai Indians, in the absence of Rohit Sharma, he is at the top of the points table with 18 points. Rohit Sharma was injured some time ago, from which he is not able to be a part of playing XI. The team was replaced by Kirron Pollard and he did the job well.
Recently some reports have come out that Rohit can play in the match against Hyderabad today. If this happens then it will have to be seen which player of Mumbai will show the way out.
Today, the Mumbai team can also give comfort to their senior players before playing in the playoffs so that they remain fresh for the crucial match and at the same time it will give the players sitting on the bench a chance to play.
Head to head
So far 15 matches have been played in the IPL between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, in which 8 times Mumbai and 7 times Hyderabad team has been successful in winning. If Hyderabad manages to win today, it will match Mumbai. Talking about the last 6 matches, Mumbai has beaten Hyderabad 4 times. At the same time, when both these teams first clashed in IPL 2020, Mumbai beat Hyderabad by 34 runs. In such a situation, today’s match will not be easy for Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians Team: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard (c), Jayant Yadav, Nathan Kulper Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Pattinson, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfen Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Naseem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Johnny Bairstow, Mohammad Nabi, Shrivats . Goswami, Siddartha Kaul, Bawanka Sandeep, Billy Stanlake, Fabian Allen, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Khalil Ahmed, Sanjay Yadav, Priyam Garg, Prithvi Raj Ara