Finally, after two phases of intense IPL cricket that have spanned across two different countries, the 2021 IPL group stage is drawing to a close with Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians.
Currently, the Indians lie in the 6th spot on the table, 2 points behind the 4th placed Kolkata. The Knight Riders won huge against the Rajasthan Royals, and this means the Indians are now out of the playoffs contention for all practical purposes.
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians 55th Match IPL 2021
Team News for SRH
For fans of the Sunrisers, the pain is almost over after what has been a true nightmare of a season. Some pride was restored in their last match, with the Sunrisers earning a battling victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a performance that their fans can be proud of but will also make them think of what might have been.
Jason Roy proved once again that perhaps he should have been given more game time this season with a measured 44 off 38 balls, ably supported by captain Kane Williamson who scored an excellent 31 at just over a run a ball. With the ball, the Sunrisers were able to take wickets at vital times, resulting in RCB just falling short of their total.
This is the first time in five years that the Sunrisers will have missed the playoffs, and their fans will be hoping that this season is just a blip as they would already be looking ahead to the next season.
Likely playing 11 of SRH
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik
Team News for MI
Mumbai Indians head into this match fresh off the back of one of the most one-sided victories the IPL has ever witnessed. They won absolutely comprehensively against the Rajasthan Royals. The Royals started well, putting on 27 runs for the first wicket before it all fell apart.
The overseas bowling duo of Jimmy Neesham and Nathan Coulter Nile excelled on a skiddy deck, claiming six wickets between them. The Indians' excellent bowling restricted the Royals to just 90, which was chased down in just nine overs via a combination of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan.
This vital victory had kept their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. However, the way Knight Riders demolished Royals has all but ensured that Mumbai will not be reaching the playoffs this time around.
Likely playing 11 of MI
Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The match is due to be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With the weather set to be perfect, everything should be set up for a tense and exciting game. The pitch offers something for everyone, but interestingly the stats indicate that the team which bats second has a better chance of winning the game. In the last 47 T20 games on this ground, 25 have been won by the team batting second. Look for the team that wins the toss to bowl first to give themselves an opportunity to chase.
Betting Predictions for SRH vs MI
Match Result Prediction
Despite earning a well-earned victory against RCB, SRH are the underdogs for this match and can be backed at 2.63. It's the Mumbai Indians who are the heavy favourites, and they can be backed at 1.50.
Mumbai would have been hopeful of having an opportunity to play for a top-four finish in this game, but that's not going to be possible now. Mumbai will need to win by 171 runs to go above KKR in the NRR. So let's just say that's not going to happen.
For the Sunrisers, it's simple; they know they will finish bottom and are simply playing for pride. It's great to see the way the Sunrisers have clearly regrouped, and they seem to be up for the fight. At the prices and with the pressure completely off, we are going for a Sunrisers victory which will ensure they end the group stage on a positive note.
Match Winner: Sunrisers Hyderabad (2.63)
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Either team to win the toss can be backed at 1.91. On a pitch that could be tricky to bat on, the side that bats the best will win. Look for the team that wins the toss to bowl first; the stats indicate that the team which bats second has a slightly better chance of winning.
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Top Batsman for Mumbai Indians
In what could be a pressure cooker of a match, batters will need to keep a cool, calm head, and do they come any calmer than Indian opener Rohit Sharma? Sharma hasn't scaled the heights that he would have liked in this year's tournament, but he is a world-class player and lives for occasions like this. At odds of 3.75 to be his team's top scorer, we wouldn't want to put our money anywhere else.
Rohit Sharma to be Mumbai Indians' top-scoring batsman (3.75)
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