Both teams, placed at the bottom two spots in the IPL 2014 standings, will have to struggle in this match for some decent rankings. The defending champions, Mumbai Indians, have not operned their account so far despite playing four matches while Sunrisers Hyderabad managed their only win against the Delhi Daredevils last week.
In their last match, Mumbai Indians lost to the Delhi Daredevils at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, while SRH were defeated by the Chennai Super Kings.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8 pm IST
Dubai International Stadium, Dubai
The bowling attack of the Mumbai Indians has done a reasonable job and the team finds itself in a tight spot because the batsmen haven’t done justice to their respective reputations. With a lot of firepower down the order – in Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson – it is important that the three men at the top, led by their captain Rohit Sharma, lay the foundation. Sharma – the only MI player to score a half-century so far this season – and Michael Hussey are the most crucial players in MI’s top three, and the team will expect the runs to flow from their willow.
The only time the Sunrisers Hyderabad – comprising skipper Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch and David Warner – fired in unison, the team went on to post a win. Therein lies the formula for the team to succeed – sufficient runs from the top three.
The Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad won their respective home matches in IPL 2013. SRH chased down 129 in their first ever meeting against MI, in Hyderabad. In the next clash, a Kieron Pollard blitz helped MI chase down 178 at Wankhede Stadium. Needing 62 off the last four overs, Pollard got stuck into Thisara Perera, hitting him for a four and three consecutive sixes. Then Amit Mishra too came in to hit three sixes as the required rate plummeted to one run per ball. The Trinidadian finished off the match in style by slamming Perera for two sixes to take his team home with three balls to spare.
Mumbai Indians have the lowest boundary percentage of all teams in Pepsi IPL 2014; only 40.16 percent of the runs they’ve scored this season have been through boundaries.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Amit Mishra needs one more wicket to become the second bowler to take 100 wickets in the IPL.
This is the second time that Mumbai Indians have lost their first four matches in a season. They had a similar run in the inaugural season in 2008 before they made a stunning comeback by winning their next six matches.
Prediction: Mumbai Indians should win to keep their heads high but Sunrisers Hyderabad will try their best to stop them from taking away the game.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: S Dhawan (C), S Anirudha, A Ashish Reddy, RK Bhui, AJ Finch, MC Henriques, JO Holder, MC Juneja, B Kumar, CV Milind, A Mishra, NV Ojha?, P Parameswaran, Parvez Rasool, IK Pathan, AG Paunikar, KL Rahul, DJG Sammy, I Sharma, KV Sharma, DW Steyn, BRM Taylor, Y Venugopal Rao, DA Warner.
Mumbai Indians – Mike Hussey, Aditya Tare(wk), Ambati Rayadu, Rohit Sharma(c), Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha.