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The two points available from Match 62 of the Pepsi IPL 2013 are more crucial for visitors Sunrisers Hyderabad than for their hosts Mumbai Indians.
The Mumbai Indians have one foot in the door as far as their progressing to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs is concerned and will look to seal the deal in this match. Undefeated at home this season, MI have won their last three matches – including inflicting a 60-run defeat on two-time champions Chennai Super Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad meanwhile have eight wins from 13 matches and need to win at least two more matches to be sure of a berth in the Play-Offs. In their previous match, SRH recovered brilliantly from a slow start to trounce Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs. The team finds itself, in their current situation, predominantly because their bowlers have won them most of the matches. With the tournament drawing to the business end, the team will be hoping the batsmen pull their weight.
Monday, May 13, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Every player in the Mumbai Indians top five has got runs for the team at some point of time this season. However, the two men who’ve scored the impact runs for MI are skipper Rohit Sharma and wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik. Not only does Karthik ensure the scoreboard is always on the move, he also has shots in the armory for every part of the cricket ground. Sharma might not be as enterprising as Karthik, but he will do just as much damage playing the eye-candy shots.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad to compete with the Mumbai Indians, they need their bowlers to bring their best game to the park. MI definitely score over SRH when it comes to match-winners in the batting department - given the depth in the line-up. It is therefore important that Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White get runs at the top of the order and set up the platform for Thisara Perera to finish the innings with a flourish.
In the only previous meeting between these two teams, hosts SRH restricted the Mumbai Indians to 129 for four and then got past the target in 18 overs to win by seven wickets.
Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best economy rate of all the nine teams – 7.02. Mumbai Indians have the most 50-plus partnerships this season – 16. Sunrisers Hyderabad on the other hand has the fewest 50-plus partnerships this season – 4.
The Mumbai Indians have swept everything when playing at home this season; they have won the toss in all the six matches, have had victories in all the six matches and MI players have won the Man-of-the-Match in all the six matches too.
Both teams’ next fixtures are against the Rajasthan Royals. While the Mumbai Indians will host RR on May 15, the Sunrisers Hyderabad will head back home and prepare to host RR on May 17.
Match 61 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will see the Rajasthan Royals lock horns with two-time champions and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings. A win in this match will take CSK closer to a top two finish, while a RR victory will confirm their progress to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs.
RR are a very difficult unit to beat at home – given they know the conditions well and know how to make the best of the conditions there. That apart, they come into this match with the confidence of having defeated Kings XI Punjab on the road. The Chennai Super Kings recovered from the 60-run defeat they received at the hands of Mumbai Indians and got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous match.
Sunday, May 12, 2013, 8 p.m
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
In terms of international match-winners, Rajasthan Royals have only one – Shane Watson. His inclusion in the XI certainly gives RR a settled look and runs from him almost always result in a victory. However the one player who has gone about his job without too much glamour or glitz and has had a massive influence on the team is Ajinkya Rahane. The 24-year old Rahane has now scored half-centuries in the last three matches and has been the team’s top-scorer in five of their 13 matches. Skipper Rahul Dravid, Stuart Binny and Sanju Vishwanadh too have played their part whenever they have been needed and will be expected to do so again. On the bowling front, Ajit Chandila has been outstanding – often giving his team a breakthrough in his first over, while James Faulkner – RR’s leading wicket-taker – will have an eye on the Purple Cap.
The two batsmen who have had a major influence on CSK’s fortunes are Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina. Numbers best illustrate the impact these players have on CSK’s wins; in 10 victories this season, the two left-handers have scored close to 60% of the runs scored by the team. MS Dhoni has been brilliant in calling the shots – not only on the field but also in deciding the batting order of the team. With the bat too, Dhoni has been in smashing form irrespective of which position he has batted at.
Rajasthan Royals got the better of the Chennai Super Kings in each of the three meetings between the two teams in the inaugural season of the IPL – including the title clash. However, since then CSK have had held their own – winning eight of the nine matches between the two teams.
Suresh Raina has scored over 400 in each of the six IPL seasons so far. 2009 was his most-productive season; he scored 520 runs in 16 matches. He has so far scored 458 runs and has a chance to make it his best-ever IPL season.
CSK’s Albie Morkel has impressive numbers when playing against the Rajasthan Royals. In ten matches, he has scored 246 runs at an incredible strike-rate of 172.02 and has picked up 14 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals have been lucky with the coin in their matches against the Chennai Super Kings; they’ve won the toss in 9 of the 12 matches.
Rajasthan Royals head to Mumbai for their penultimate league fixture of the season. They are scheduled to take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on May 15. Chennai Super Kings meanwhile head back home to play their final home fixture of the season when they host the Delhi Daredevils on May 14.