The two teams have faced each other on 16 occasions. Interestingly, both teams have shared the spoils with eight victories each.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness defending champions Mumbai Indians take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number nine. The match is set to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. SRH have lost both their matches so far, falling short twice during chasing the games. The low-scoring game against RCB would have hurt David Warner a lot given how his team fumbled. Mumbai bounced back in style against KKR, winning from a position of discomfort.

Mumbai, who have won the last two titles, showed why they are a champion side. After losing against RCB, the champions needed to bounce back and they won against KKR, despite being in a position of bother. MI have a champion side with players knowing their jobs and sealing games in pressure situations are often now a hallmark they have set. The Orange Army need inspiration from somewhere and two points against MI would be the perfect start.

Going into this match, both teams will be aiming to keep things simple and take the game as it progresses. SRH have to take responsibility in terms of chasing games. They cannot afford to throw away the good work. The team also needs to contribute and turn their positive starts into victories. MI will be the happier side with a better frame of mind. The win against KKR will give them the belief and confidence going forward. MI will want to collect two more points and be more secure.

Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.

Key details of the match

The match is set to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).

Here’s the preview

Confidence will be riding high for MI, who came back so strongly with the ball and got KKR under the mat. Prior to that, they almost went past the line against RCB as well at the Wankhede. MI have bowled well so far and that will be something they will want to achieve as the season progresses on a consistent basis. MI have a settled side and there will be no tinkering with a winning outfit. Jasprit Bumrah has impressed at the death and Rahul Chahar has bowled well, claiming crucial scalps. Krunal Pandya and Trent Boult too have played their part. With the bat, Suryakumar Yadav has been their best asset.

SRH were 116/2 while chasing RCB’s 150-run target. But they lost the game somehow. Prior to that, they also faltered against KKR by 10 runs. Rashid Khan has been the best bowler for SRH this season claiming four wickets already at a minimal economy rate. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has lacked the effectiveness he would have liked. Jason Holder has been a welcome boost claiming three scalps in his first match, however, being the major all-rounder, he needs to shine with the bat as well. Consistency is what SRH need and making bold decisions in terms of picking the best XI is needed.

Probable playing XIs: Mumbai vs Hyderabad

Mumbai probable playing XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

SRH probable playing XI:

David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha/Kedar Jadhav, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S Nadeem, T Natarajan

Dream11 team prediction (option 1)

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, Ishan Kishan, David Warner, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey

All-rounders: Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar

Dream11 team prediction (option 2)

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey

All-rounders: Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar

Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?

In batting, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and David Warner are a must in the line-up. Warner scored a sublime fifty in the previous match and Surya too played a knock of substance to help MI make progress from a position of bother. Both players are all about consistency and a game that has top bowlers in both teams will test their calibre.

Jason Holder and Krunal Pandya are the all-rounders who should be considered. Krunal has been terrific in the middle overs with the ball and he will use the track once again to his advantage. Holder will guarantee wickets as well.

In the bowling department, Rashid Khan is a no brainer. The Afghan sensation hardly sets a foot wrong and is a top-notch performer in the format.

Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices

Suryakumar Yadav: The Indian batsman has had two good games with the bat. He comes in and looks very settled. What Surya does well is that he is effortless and doesn’t try so hard. He is a champion performer.

David Warner: The Australian southpaw and runs go hand in hand. Warner smashed a defiant fifty last game. It was his 49th fifty in the IPL. Warner will ne keen to get SRH past the line and would want to bat long.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

In terms of vice-captaincy, Rashid Khan and Krunal Pandya are two top choices. Rashid’s guarantee of wickets makes him a leader of the pack. Krunal is also valuable both with the ball and bat. He is always in the game and can garner many points. Both players can be effective largely at this venue once again.

Other choices: Trent Boult and Jonny Bairstow.

Pitch report and conditions

The pitch has helped spinners in the latter stages of the match. Scoring hasn’t been as free and the slow nature has contributed on the same. Looking at the nature of games here, another low-scoring match is predicted. The team which can be more effective with the ball will come out trumps. In terms of weather, the skies are likely to be clear. It will be humid with temperature being between 25-30 degree Celsius.

Chidambaram stats

The average first innings score in the IPL has been 164. The chasing teams have won more than 50% of the matches here. However, with quality bowling on offer, nothing can be guaranteed.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have faced each other on 16 occasions. Interestingly, both teams have shared the spoils with eight victories each.

Match prediction

MI have the edge certainly over SRH at the moment. However, Rohit Sharma’s side has struggled with the bat. SRH do not have the consistency factor riding on them. They could struggle against the MI bowlers. We feel it will be a battle between bowlers and MI will taste victory here.

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