IPL 2017 | Match 48 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians

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IPL 2017 | Match 48 Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians

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SportsCafe Desk


Defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to sign off their last home game with a win when they take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians at Uppal tonight. Sunrisers are currently fourth on the table and a win would see them strengthen their position to secure a playoff spot.

Despite skipper David Warner being in great form, Sunrisers go into the game on the back of successive defeats at the hands of Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant. Their middle and lower-middle order batting has been shaky, with Yuvraj Singh and Naman Ojha inconsistent throughout.

MI, on the other hand, have racked up nine wins from 11 outings and are the form team.

Head to Head:

MI lead 5-4

Last Meeting:

Nitish Rana rescued Mumbai with a crucial 45 for a four-wicket win in their first meeting of the season.

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Who will win?

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A. SRH   B. MI

MI holds an advantage of 5-4 in 9 Head to Head matches played between these 2 sides in IPL. In IPL 2017, MI have won 9 matches and lost only 2, and SRH have won 6 and lost 5. MI are coming off a strong victory against DD where they bowled them out for just 66 runs, on the other hand SRH are coming off from a loss. SRH have won only 1 game in the last 3 matches whereas MI have won all their previous 3 games, hence it is safe to say that Mumbai Indians are in a better form when compared to SRH. Thus we predict a victory for MI

Fans verdict: The fans are with us on this one, as 53% think SRH will win.

Who will score more runs? 

A. Dhawan   B. Rana 

In IPL 2017, Dhawan has scored 388 runs whereas Rana has scored 312 runs. However, in the reverse fixture, Dhawan and Rana scored 48 and 45 respectively. Dhawan's score in the last 5 games were 30, 77, 29, 28 and 19, whereas Rana's score int he last 5 games were 62*, 8, 3, 19 and 27. Dhawan seems to be in better form when compared Rana, hence we predict Dhawan to outscore Rana in this fixture.

Fans verdict: The fans are with us on this one, as 64% think Dhawan will outscore Rana.

Predicted XI:

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Siddarth Kaul.

Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (wk), Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

Key Players:

David Warner (SRH): The in-form left-handed opener has amassed 529 at an average of over 58 and currently holds the prestigious Orange cap. Home fans expect nothing short of another explosive knock from the skipper.

Kieron Pollard( MI): The powerfully-built West Indian is in great form with the willow, delivering strong performances time and again under pressure situations for the team, aggregating 294 runs.

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

Time: 8 pm

TV Listings: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Set Max, Sony ESPN

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