Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 12 May 2013 - 08:00pm IST
Preview : Match 62 – MI vs SRH
SRH on tenterhooks; MI on verge of qualifiers
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.