Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 11 May 2014 - 05:27pm IST
Preview: Match 36 – SRH v MI
Shikhar Dhawan and co. hope to trump defending champs again
Sunrisers Hyderabad will lock horns with the Mumbai Indians in Match 36 of Pepsi IPL 2014.
With a 50 percent win record this season, SRH are slightly better placed than their opponents who have won just two of their eight matches. In their most recent outing, SRH managed to get two points on the board in a rain-affected run-chase against the Delhi Daredevils. The bowlers set up the match yet again by restricting DD to 143. After several interruptions before and during the run-chase, the Duckworth-Lewis method came into play, setting a meagre target of 43 from five overs. SRH won that contest with four balls to spare.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians come into this contest on the back of a defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, which brought an end to their 10-match winning streak at home. Despite posting 157 runs, MI struggled to contain their opponents and lost the match in the final over. MI have not played like defending champions are expected to and they need to get their act together immediately to surge back into the top half of the table.
Monday, May 12, 2014, 8 pm IST
Rajiv Gandhi Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Given their exceptional performance with the ball in the majority of the matches in Hyderabad last season, the focus will be on the likes Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma to make the most of familiar conditions. The addition of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Irfan Pathan has given the side lots of potency too. On the batting front, the trio of Aaron Finch, Shikhar Dhawan and David Warner need to pile on majority of the runs.
MI’s biggest match-winners with the bat are Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard. Both players have done reasonably well so far in the tournament, and with the competition for Playoff spots getting intense, it is about time the two senior pros stand up and deliver consistently. In these tough times, it might not be a bad idea for MI to revisit the idea of getting Michael Hussey to open the innings. Though the Australian hasn’t had a hit for a few days now, he is known for his perseverance, and has a knack of not throwing away starts. MI need a player who can anchor the innings and then turn on the heat, and Hussey just might just be the answer. On the bowling front, Harbhajan Singh has bowled beautifully right through the season; he has found the right pace to bowl at, isn’t afraid to flight the ball and is hitting the right spots on a consistent basis.
Notes from Previous match
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils: SRH will be delighted with yet another clinical performance from their bowling attack – especially the performance in the final five-over stretch of the innings when they conceded only 22 runs. The bowlers bowled disciplined lines and lengths and conceded just one boundary in that period.
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings: There were too many quiet overs early on in the Mumbai Indians innings and that must be one of the areas coach John Wright will likely address. In the first half of the MI innings, there were seven overs that produced less than a-run-an-over. The fifth bowler’s quota should be a concern too; the four frontline bowlers conceded 101 runs in 16 overs, while the 3.3 overs bowled by Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson went for 53 runs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have a 2-1 win-loss record in IPL matches against the Mumbai Indians.
In the most recent meeting between the two teams, Dale Steyn, Irfan Pathan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar quelled a late surge from Kieron Pollard to guide their team to a 15-run win.
Sunrisers Hyderabad won 7 of the 8 Pepsi IPL 2013 matches at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The average first-innings total in the 8 Pepsi IPL 2013 matches played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad was 135.
Both teams play their next matches on May 14. Sunrisers Hyderabad will remain at home and host table-toppers Kings XI Punjab, while the Mumbai Indians head to the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders.