Match number 55 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians face each other in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Bottom-placed SRH overcame RCB on Wednesday and will want to end their IPL 2021 campaign on a high by getting past five-time champions MI. After denting RCB’s hopes of a top-two finish, SRH will hope to be the party spoilers for MI, who will come to know where they stand after KKR’s match against the Rajasthan Royals tonight.
MI are placed fifth in the IPL 2021 table with 12 points from 13 games. They have a NRR of -0.048. Things developed drastically for MI, who thrashed RR the other day and helped cause a spike in their NRR. If KKR win tonight, MI need to win tomorrow and make sure they have a better NRR than the Knights, who have +0.294 at the moment. If KKR lose, then MI know they will require two points to sail through.
SRH have had a disastrous campaign this season with just three wins so far. The win over a talented and star-studded side like the RCB will bring joy and confidence to the Orange Army. If they can put in a commendable show and test MI, anything can happen. MI have a quality side on offer and SRH need to be at their best to come out with something.
For MI, the math is simple. They need to post victory and if it comes with some domination on offer, the NRR can get a huge boost and they might leapfrog KKR, who are an in-form side. Seeing Ishan Kishan come out and show his characteristics the other night, will please everyone around. MI have a top-notch bowling unit and collectively that can be too much for a struggling SRH batting.
Notably, this is the first of the two games to be held tomorrow.
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 Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It’s scheduled to start at 3:30 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
The impetus for SRH is the bowling ammunition they possess. They made KKR come under immense pressure despite a loss in the final over. And then against RCB, SRH defended a gettable score. Siddarth Kaul has come in and looked unplayable. He is bowling with precision and focus. In Jason Holder and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH have plenty of experience. Rashid Khan has been a genuine wicket-taker all season. The man of the moment is Umran Malik, who has continued to bowl at a serious pace in the two games he has got. With the bat, Kane Williamson is SRH’s best bet. He needs to play a calm innings.
MI have the experience and quality to come out top in matches that need them to be at their absolute best. The defending champions have the same amount of flair in batting and bowling and what they need is things to click. Bowling wise, MI can rip apart any side with the all-round quality on offer. Jasprit Bumrah has been sensational for MI, claiming wickets in almost every game. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Trent Boult boast plenty of pedigree and experience. With the bat, Kishan will hope to continue from his previous outing, wherein he smashed a fifty. Skipper Rohit Sharma will be backed to deliver in a must-win game.
Probable playing XIs: SRH vs MI
SRH probable playing XI:
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul
MI probable playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Roy
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Coulter-Nile, S Kaul, Rashid Khan
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya, Jason Roy
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Coulter-Nile, Umran Malik, Rashid Khan
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
Kane Williamson and Rohit Sharma are being backed here because of the experience and qualities they bring to the side. Both these players are of the utmost value for their respective teams. Rohit has 363 runs in 12 matches for MI, whereas Williamson has mustered 266 from 10 games.
Holder should be picked as an all-rounder. He possesses the attributes needed in an all-rounder, promising wickets and hitting those big shots when needed,
Rashid Khan is a must in the bowling unit. He is consistent and gets you wickets. For MI, Bumrah fits the bill. He is too good to be left out.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah needs to be lauded for showing his consistency once again. The right-arm pacer, who was terrific for his side last season in the UAE, has already bagged 19 wickets this season at 19.75. His contributions at the death have been massive.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan sensation has claimed 16 scalps from 13 matches, The wrist-spinner gives four overs of substance and can trouble the MI batters. He has bowled at an economy rate of 6.44 and will want to sign out with a stellar show.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Kishan can be picked. With the opening role meted out to him against RR the other day, the move might just help him bring out the best version of himself. He will be given the license to play his natural game. Williamson can be the other choice. He has looked good with the bat and is SRH’s best batter.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has something for both batsmen and bowlers. Anything around the 165-run mark will be a good score for the side batting first. Pacers will enjoy the surface and spinners will be in the game as things progress. It will be a hot and humid afternoon in Abu Dhabi with the temperature going close to 40-degree Celsius.
What happened in the previous meeting between the two?
The previous meeting between the two sides this season MI win by 13 runs after they stalled SRH’s chase from a position of discomfort.
The two teams have met each other on 17 occasions in the IPL. MI have sealed nine wins as compared to SRH’s eight.
MI will win this game as they have a better side on offer. Their bowling can stifle out SRH, who aren’t known for their batting.