Venue: Wankhede, Mumbai
MI won 6
SRH won 7
Mumbai Indians are third in the IPL 2019 table right now, with 7 wins out of 12 games, right behind Delhi Capitals. They have won 2 of their last 4 games, but the defeat against KKR – a team they are always dominant against – will rankle in the last game. Another win here could assure them the third playoff spot. SRH is right behind MI in the table, winning 6 out of 12 games. They won their last game against KXIP, but lost the previous two against Royals and CSK. SRH needs to win both of their final two matches to be assured a spot in the playoffs. A win here will go a long way in sealing that spot, but a loss won’t end their chances completely. Book your tickets for this match here: https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/ipl-mumbai-indians/ET00097338
When MI faced SRH in Hyderabad a month ago, they were out to avenge the humiliating 87-all-out defeat from last season. They batted first on a slow pitch, and managed only 136. But they bowled out SRH for 96, roaring back to form after losing three matches on the trot.
Captain: Rohit Sharma
IPL Titles: 3
Mumbai is in a better position than the team usually is at this stage of any season. Usually, MI is known for scripting famous comebacks after losing in the first half of the group stages. This time, they have been relatively stable, losing just 5 of their 12 games, in a position to make the playoffs with an extra game to go. None of their players top any charts (De Kock’s 393 runs is the highest), but they have profited from glimpses of form from senior players like Rohit, Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard. Hardik has been devastating, but the others haven’t been as consistent. Talisman Jasprit Bumrah has been stingy but hasn’t taken as many wickets as expected. After SRH, MI face KKR again in their final group stage game. They still have a slender chance of not making the playoffs, but MI remains in a better position in most, even when they haven’t had the best season.
De Kock, Rohit, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar, Pollard, Hardik, Krunal, Chahar, Malinga, Sran, Bumrah
Captain: Kane Williamson
IPL Titles: 1
Life without David Warner – who has returned to Australia for World Cup preparations – isn’t new to SRH. They spent all of 2018 reaching the final without him, thanks to Williamson’s inspirational form. But 2019 has been different. SRH has been completely dependent on Warner and Bairstow at the top – both of who have left to join their international teams. Warner is the Orange Cap holder in just 12 games, and is likely to end as the winner. But the gap at the top is glaring now, with Williamson and Wriddiman Saha expected to open the innings in their absence. They have Martin Guptill in the ranks, too. With just two games to go, the timing isn’t great for SRH, but their brittle middle order will have to step up. Fortunately, Manish Pandey is back in form. They need Vijay Shankar and Yusuf Pathan to contribute more. The bowling has always been fine, with Khaleel Ahmed leading the wicket-taking charts for SRH recently, and Rashid Khan dominating the middle overs.
Williamson, Saha, Pandey, Shankar, Pathan, Nabi, Rashid Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar, Ahmed, Stanlake
A Mumbai victory. No two ways about it. SRH is shaky without Warner.