With a playoff position up for grabs, Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Mumbai Indians in Sharjah on Tuesday in the final group encounter of the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League. A win will take SRH through to the next round, but there will be at least two teams cheering for MI.
Mumbai to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad @ 1.81
“SRH have their fate in their own hands; they will qualify if they win” is something we all know, but the task for the Orange Army is far from easy. Lying in front of them is the Mumbai Indians of 2020, perhaps the greatest and most complete and balanced T20 side to ever exist. While until 24 hours ago, six teams were involved in a dog-fight for the playoff spots, Mumbai, as early as Saturday, locked a Top 2 finish. Yep, that’s how dominant they’ve been. This season, they’ve lost just four matches and two of those defeats, remarkably, came in a Super Over. That Mumbai have won three of their last four matches despite not having the services of their skipper Rohit Sharma should tell you everything you need to know. The venue tomorrow will be Sharjah and well, as it turns out, MI beat SRH at the exact same venue in an H2H clash earlier this season. Save your time, close your eyes, head to INDIBET and back Mumbai to beat SRH tomorrow. Rejoice, KKR fans.
Mumbai to score over 173.5 @ 1.89
As a bowling unit, coming up against the MI batting line-up is a nightmare, and there is no worse combination than MI + Sharjah. Before we get to the venue, though, let us look at a few numbers which reflect MI’s formidability with the bat. In the last six occasions when they’ve batted first, MI have racked up an astounding average score of 193. That is right. In five of the last six innings they’ve batted first, MI have posted scores over 190 and the overall scores read 195, 176, 193, 208, 191 and 195. Their overall average score stands at 165, but that is only because they usually almost always bowl their opponents out, cheaply. Coming to Sharjah, however, the Blues struck 208 the only time they batted first at this venue. In the 32.2 overs they’ve batted at this venue, Mumbai have maintained a staggering RR of 10.125. Now the real question would be ‘what if MI don’t bat first?’ but given SRH scored over 200 in 2 of the last 3 occasions they batted first, and given they scored exactly 174 vs Mumbai at Sharjah in the last H2H clash, fair to assume they would get to the 175 mark under any circumstance. A gamble worth taking, and you can do the same by taking off to INDIBET.
Rashid Khan to be SRH’s top bowler @ 3.15
They save having Rashid Khan in your team is equivalent to utilizing a cheat code and frankly, you can’t deny that. He is the second-highest wicket-taking spinner with 18 wickets to his name, two shy of Chahal, but his economy rate of 5.07 is better than every single bowler in the competition. With Rashid, there is no escaping - to not throw away your wicket, you’ll need to defend him and by defending him, you’ll waste four overs. Thrice in Sunrisers’ past four games, the 22-year-old has been the side’s top bowler and five days ago against the Capitals, the leg-spinner returned what commentators were raving about as the ‘best spell in IPL history’, 3/7 on a wicket where the team batting first scored 219. Rashid loves playing against Mumbai, and versus the Blues in his IPL career, he’s taken 7 wickets at an ER of 4.82. In the last H2H clash which happened in Sharjah, the maestro returned figures of 1/22 in a game where Mumbai struck 208, so expect him to at least match that performance on Tuesday, if not better it. You can better your fortunes, too, by simply heading to INDIBET and placing this bet.