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After three wins on the bounce,Mumbai Indians experienced a bump in their IPL campaign with a seven-wicket loss in Hyderabad. They’re back in Mumbai for two home games, the first of which is against table-toppers Chennai Super Kings.
On the eve of the big game, MI’s in-form batsman, Dinesh Karthik, told the media that the team was confident of putting the defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad behind and getting back on the winning track.
“We’ll need a minimum of three wins from here on to guarantee ourselves a place in the top four. We have six matches left and we are capable of winning three of them. We want to take it one game at a time and do the best that we can,” Karthik said.
The last time MI played CSK (in Chennai) they emerged victorious by nine runs in a last-over thriller. Karthik expects another nail-biting encounter as the two star-studded sides lock horns again.
“It’s a tough game; they’re a good team and have won seven games in a row. It’s going to be a very interesting game. We’ve always had close encounters with CSK and we’re looking forward to this one,” Karthik said.
To succeed against the strong Super Kings, MI will have to take their batting performance a notch higher, especially after their modest 129 total in the last game. For that the team will need an inspired performance from their opening batsmen. Karthik said they are happy with the starts that Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar have provided so far.
“We’re very happy with the way Smith and Sachin paaji are going. They’re getting us starts and at a fair clip as well. So, we’re very happy with the way things are right now. It’s important that we bat well through the middle and finish off well in the end,” he said.
Death bowling is an area where Karthik thought MI needs to improve on. “Our death bowling can get better and it’s an area we’re really working on. We seem to leak runs in the death overs. We seem to depend on Malinga and it’s important that people who bowl around him also do well.” While we might not see too many changes in the team, MI are in danger of having to take the field without their star West Indian all-rounder, Kieron Pollard, who hurt himself in the finger. Karthik said the decision on his inclusion will be taken just before the match.
“Regarding Pollard’s finger injury the call will be taken before the match. He has been practising so I’m sure he’s feeling better.”
Three days after their convincing seven-wicket win over the formidable Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be back in action. This time around they take on a rejuvenated Delhi Daredevils in Match 48 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.
SRH were among the top four teams in the standings until a defeat to Rajasthan Royals saw them slip to fifth. They have six wins from ten matches and will be playing at home conditions where they are yet to lose a game this season.
After losing the first six matches of their season, the Delhi Daredevils have come back strongly winning three of their four recent matches to stay alive in the competition. They will be aware that, barring Pune Warriors India and the Chennai Super Kings (for varied reasons), the remaining seven teams have a chance to progress to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs. Not only do DD have to win at least five of their remaining matches, they also need to have an eye on their Net Run Rate (NRR) which is the poorest among all the contenders.
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 8 p.m
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad are one of those teams which does not have too much ammunition in the batting to score quick runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Thisara Perera are the two players who can tonk the ball real hard and score runs at a fair clip. Since his return, the left-handed Dhawan has scored two half-centuries and contributed close to a third of the runs scored by his team. On the bowling front, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma and Dale Steyn have performed consistently. Karan Sharma – little known prior to the IPL - has impressed bowling the fast leg-breaks, even bowling a maiden over to Dwayne Bravo in a difficult run-chase. He will want to enhance his reputation by performing against the likes of Sehwag, Warner and Jayawardene.
The one common factor in the Delhi Daredevils’ two most recent wins has been runs from David Warner. Though the Australian has slipped down to the middle order, he has adapted well to that role and has powered his team to wins. It is important that men in form do the job and hence DD will expect Warner to carry his form through the rest of the tournament. After a poor start to the tournament, the young Unmukt Chand came good in the previous match; a player with plenty of talent, known to possess big-match temperament, DD will expect Chand to deliver the goods consistently. Keep an eye on Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene too, for both players can win matches single-handedly.
In the only meeting between these two teams - at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium earlier this season – Sunrisers Hyderabad won a low-scoring match by three wickets. The visitors restricted the Delhi Daredevils to 114 for eight and then chased down the runs with four balls to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have the slowest (overall) scoring rate of all the nine teams this season – 6.84. They also have the best bowling economy rate of all the nine teams – 7.02.
The top three batsmen in Sunrisers Hyderabad have contributed 40.36% of the runs scored by the team. That is the lowest among all the nine teams.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will next lock horns against two-time champions Chennai Super Kings; the two teams will meet at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on May 8. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile head to Jaipur for the next match; they will take on the Rajasthan Royals on May 7.