IPL 2020 Match 56 Preview: SRH vs MI - Equation simple for Hyderabad in last group match - win, and qualify
Mumbai Indians have already sealed their Qualifier 1 spot. A victory for Sunrisers Hyderabad will help them qualify, while a defeat will eliminate them from IPL 2020.
All or nothing for SRH
As many as four teams are currently tied at 12 points in the bottom half of IPL 2020. Apart from Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are still alive with 6 victories and 7 losses from 13 matches, the remaining three franchise on 12 points, Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have been eliminated from the tournament.
On the back of their dominating wins in the last two matches, Hyderabad have ensured that they have the superior run rate - second best in the leaderboard, only behind table-toppers Mumbai Indians.
This has also meant that they have kept their fortune in their own hands. A win would ensure playoff qualification for the David Warner-led side while a defeat will knock them out of the the tournament.
SRH will need fearless approach against strong Mumbai
Like they have displayed in the last two matches, the Orange Army is expected to take the field with a fearless approach. Frankly speaking, they don't have any option but to do that as not taking their chances won't take them anywhere.
The injury to Vijay Shankar may have disturbed Hyderabad's balance but they are fortunate to have a world-class all-rounder in Jason Holder who has ensured that the team is looking a lot more well-rounded than they were in the beginning of the tournament.
Hyderabad are expected to go in with the same playing XI as they did in their last match, with David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha opening the batting.
Rashid Khan will lead their spin attack along with Shahbaz Nadeem. T Natarajan and Jason Holder remain their go-to pacers.
Murmurs about Rohit's return
Nothing official, but there were some murmurs from the Mumbai Indians camp that Rohit Sharma is fit enough to take the field for Mumbai Indians' last group game. If that is true, Sharma will walk right back, in place of Saurabh Tiwary, at the top of the order alongside Quinton de Kock.
Coulter-Nile ahead of Pattinson
Mumbai Indians will then have to choose who bats at number three and who at number four between Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. There is not a lot more that Mumbai Indians need to change.
They sided with Nathan Coulter-Nile ahead of James Pattinson in their last match and are expected to retain that strategy. If Mumbai Indians find their groove, it would be very difficult for Sunrisers Hyderabad to qualify.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): David Warner(c), Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Manish Pandey, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
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