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IPL 2022 MI vs SRH, 65th Match Preview: Hyderabad need to beat Mumbai to have semblance of hope of qualification

Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad
Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad

Playing their second-last league fixture of IPL 2022, Hyderabad desperately need to win in order to at least remain in contention for the playoffs.

LIVE SCORES - Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, 65th Match

First things first for SRH

The team first needs to beat Mumbai Indians and then Punjab Kings in their last league match to remain alive in the competition.

However, even after both wins, SRH can only reach a maximum of 14 points and their fate will not be in their own hands. In fact, if Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Titans or Delhi Capitals beat Mumbai Indians, Hyderabad will automatically be knocked out of the competition.

Dependent on other results

For them to somehow sneak into the playoffs, they first need to get to 14 points by winning their last two matches. They would then need Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose to Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals to lose to Mumbai Indians so that both RCB and DC are on 14 points each and SRH can try to move ahead on the basis of net run rate.

The team has hit a roadblock over the last few matches as after registering 5 consecutive victories, the team has now lost 5 matches on the trot and have themselves to blame for their current standing -- the 8th place in the IPL leaderboard.

MI seek to vacate bottom

They will be up against Mumbai Indians who have tried to salvage their campaign with three victories from their last four matches. The team won their last fixture against Chennai Super Kings and would desperately want to move out of the bottom of the points table.

Having become the first team to be knocked out of the playoffs race, Mumbai Indians can very well upset the plans of Hyderabad.

 MI hand out opportunities to fringe players

The blue team has been playing some good cricket of late and even registered a 5-wicket victory against Chennai Super Kings in their last match with as many as 31 balls remaining.

They will continue to give opportunities to Tristan Stubbs, Ramandeep Singh, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen and Riley Meredith.

Predicted Playing XIs

Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Umran Malik

Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs, Ramandeep Singh, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith

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