Match 48 IPL 2017 (2017-05-08) @ Hyderabad (D)
Mumbai have won 4 of the last 7 matches between these 2 sides. This includes the match at the start of the season at the Wankhede Stadium.
In that match the Sunrisers batted first. Their openers got them off to a steady start with Warner and Dhawan each scoring 40s. The middle order could not accelerate and they ended on 158 for 8. Nitish Rana and Krunal Pandya saw Mumbai home with 8 balls to spare.
Since that early season match the Sunrisers have added Kane Williamson to strengthen their batting. They are now in 4th place in the table having won 6 matches and lost 5. This includes losing their last 2 against Delhi and Pune. Against Delhi they failed to defend 185 and against Pune they failed to chase 148. They need to return to their winning ways to secure a place in the play-offs.
Mumbai are at the top of the table with 9 wins and just 2 loses. Both of those loses have been to Pune. Mumbai introduced Lendl Simmons instead of Jos Butler against Dehli. He scored 66 off 43 balls to help set up a total of 212. With Buttler due to return to UK soon it shows the depth they have in their squad.
Mumbai have a well-balanced side packed with match winners. They have won matches they should have lost due to special individual performances by a number of different players. The team is packed with potential match winners.
The Sunrisers have a very strong top 5 in their batting. They also have the top wicket taker in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a very good spinner in Rashid Khan. However, they lack depth in their batting and bowling. They rely on their top players to perform to bring them victories.
Mumbai have now overtaken the Sunrisers in the Cricsq ratings. They are rated 103 and the Sunrisers are rated 99. The Sunrisers are playing at home. They have won 80% of their home matches this season. Their ground does generally favor batting second but the Sunrisers have defended totals there.
At the time of writing Mumbai are favorites on Betfair at 1.93. The Sunrisers are 2.08. I have backed the Sunrisers to beat Mumbai at home. The Sunrisers need the win whereas Mumbai do not. Mumbai are already in the playoffs and more likely to tinker with their squad again.
The Sunrisers have a very settled batting line-up. They have scored runs throughout the season. Their only big failure was last match when they could not chase down 148 set by Pune on Saturday.
David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan open the batting. Warner is the top run scorer this season with 529. He has a strike rate of 147. Dhawan has 388 runs with a lower strike rate of 127.
Kane Williamson bats at 3. He has 232 runs from 6 innings with a strike rate of 162. Yuvraj Singh comes in at 4. He has 234 runs and has returned to form the last 2 matches. He scored 47 in the chase against Pune and a brilliant 70 off 41 balls against Delhi.
Moises Henriques bats at 5. He has 229 runs from 9 innings. He scored 50s in the first 2 matches batting at 3. His form has tailed off since then. The late middle order for the Sunrisers has failed when it has been tested. Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha have not been in the runs this season.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the top wicket taker in the IPL. He has 21 wickets with an economy rate of 6.9. The other seamers used have been expensive.
Siddarth Kaul has 12 wickets from 7 matches but has gone at 8.8 an over. Ashish Nehra has 8 wickets from 6 matches with an economy rate of 9.3. Mohammed Siraj has 6 wickets from 4 matches but also have gone for 9.3 an over. Moises Henriques has gone at 10.2 an over.
Rashid Khan has been one of the best spinners in the IPL. He has 13 wickets with an economy rate of 6.6. He has been supported by Bipul Sharma who has 3 wickets from 6 matches with an economy rate of 7.9. Hooda and Singh can also bowl spin if required.
Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel have opened the batting for Mumbai for most of the season. Buttler has 272 runs with a strike rate of 154 and Patel has 264 runs with a strike rate of 133.
Buttler is due to return home to play for England before the end of the tournament. Mumbai tested Lendl Simmonstagainst Delhi in Buttler's place on Saturday. He scored 66 from 43 balls. Simmons might be picked again. If Mumbai wish to try another Indian bowler and rest a batsmen Buttler could shift down the order. Mumbai are in such a good position in the table they can afford to experiment.
Nitish Rana has been batting at 3. He has 312 runs with a strike rate of 129. Pollard moved up to 3 against Delhi and scored 63 off 35 balls. He now has 294 runs with a strike rate of 139.
Rohit Sharma has been batting well recently after a slow start. He now has 183 runs with a strike rate of 120. The captain could bat anywhere in the order.
Hardik and Krunal Pandya have been batting in the middle order. They have both played some crucial innings during the season. Hardik has 180 runs with a strike rate of 176 and Krunal has 136 runs with a strike rate of 137.
Mitchell McClenaghan is Mumbai's leading wicket taker with 16. He is a strike bowler who has a high economy rate of 9.1. Lasith Malinga opens the bowling with him. He has 8 wickets from 7 matches with an economy rate of 9.4. They also have the option over overseas quick bowler Michell Johnson who went at 7.1 an over in the 2 matches he played.
Jasprit Bumrah taken 13 wickets with his seamers. He has an economy rate of 8 an over which is very good considering he always bowls in the death overs. Hardik Pandya also bowls seam. He has 4 wickets with an economy rate of 7.7.
Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma were the spin bowlers against Delhi on Saturday. Harbhajan took 3 for 22 and Sharma took 3 for 11. Harbhajan now has 8 wickets with an excellent economy rate of 5.8. Sharma has 6 wickets from 3 matches with an economy rate of 7 an over.
The all-rounder Krunal Pandya did not play against Delhi. He has 10 wickets with an economy rate of 6.7 bowling spin.
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