The penultimate league match of the IPL 2023, the 69th game, will witness a clash between the mighty Mumbai Indians and the struggling Sunrisers Hyderabad. The stakes are incredibly high as the Mumbai Indians, after experiencing a heart-wrenching defeat against LSG in their recent encounter, are determined to secure a victory to secure a spot in the playoffs.
A win in their previous match would have catapulted them into the top 2, but fate has dealt them a challenging hand. Their bowling department is in dire need of substantial improvement, as lapses in this crucial area have cost them dearly. The top bookmakers in India have great IPL odds on their sites.
In stark contrast, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have endured a dismal season, finding themselves languishing in the bottom 2 of the league table. This marks their third consecutive failure to qualify for the playoffs, indicating that the team desperately needs a comprehensive overhaul. However, the lack of consistency from the rest of the squad has been a major setback for the Sunrisers, posing significant challenges that they must overcome.
Throughout this season, the team has experienced moments of inconsistency, evident from their mixed performance in the last four games, with two wins and two losses. The absence of their key player, Archer due to injury has dealt a significant blow to their bowling arsenal. Unfortunately, his replacement, C. Jordan, has proven to be quite expensive, adding to the team's challenges. The bowling unit, plagued by inconsistency and a lack of experience, has become a major cause for concern. On the bright side, the batting department has showcased commendable performances. The opening batsmen have consistently provided solid starts, laying a strong foundation for the team. Additionally, the presence of proficient finishers like T. David has ensured that the team concludes its innings on a high note.
There is no news on T. Verma, if fit, can make his way into the XI
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Cameron Green, Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal
The team's bowling has lacked expertise, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar standing out as the lone star. Indian domestic batsmen like M. Agarwal, A. Sharma, and Rahul Tripathi have struggled with inconsistency, while H. Klassen's power-hitting has been a highlight. The team must address bowling weaknesses and seek greater consistency from its batsmen to achieve stronger performances.
No changes expected to the playing XI
Predicted Lineup: Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram (c), Heinrich Klaasen, Glenn Phillips/Harry Brook, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Mayank Markande, Fazalhaq Farooqi/Marco Jansen
Both Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have struggled with their bowling in recent games. MI is motivated to win this match as it would significantly boost their chances of securing a spot in the playoffs. Meanwhile, SRH aims to salvage a victory and end the season on a positive note.
The match is scheduled for the afternoon at Wankhede Stadium, where a high-scoring game is anticipated. With the home advantage, MI is predicted to have the upper hand and emerge as the victor