Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Indian Premier League, IPL 2019
Sunrisers are placed at the fourth spot with 12 points, just below Mumbai who have 14 points from 12 games. @ BCCI

When Mumbai Indians (MI) met Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) the last time at the latter’s fortress, Alzarri Joseph’s annihilating spell (6/12), a record in the tournament’s stories history, saw the visitors register a 40-run victory.

This time the tables have turned. Mumbai, without the young West Indies pacer, host the Orange Army, who too are without their batting mainstays – David Warner and Jonny Bairstow – who left the squad to gear up for the ICC World Cup 2019. Both sides, itching for wins to seal a berth in the playoffs, lock horns in match 51 of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Sunrisers are placed at the fourth spot with 12 points, just below Mumbai who have 14 points from 12 games. With two games left for both teams, anything less than a win would do. (POINTS TABLE)

If Mumbai Indians win one of their remaining two home matches, they will stay in the top four and progress to the playoffs. Even if they lose both matches, Mumbai Indians could qualify on net run-rate if it remains higher than Rajasthan’s, Kolkata’s and Punjab’s. Should MI win both matches left, they could finish in the top two.

Beating KXIP by 45 runs on Monday has boosted Sunrisers’ playoffs hopes. That victory has kept them in the top four, and if they win their next two matches it would give them 16 points. Should SRH lose on of their remaining fixtures, a very good net run-rate (0.709) should be enough to take them forward on 14 points. (ALSO READ: IPL 2019 playoffs scenario: How five teams can qualify for two spots)

In their previous match against Kings XI Punjab, SRH scampered to a comfortable 45-run win at home riding on the heroics of Warner. Now, with the Australian southpaw gone, the Kane Williamson-led side will have to rethink their strategy. In all possibility, Martin Guptill will come into the playing XI. (ALSO READ: Kings XI Punjab could be suspended after co-owner’s arrest)

On the other hand, Mumbai lost their last encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs, and thus would be desperate for a win to confirm their berth in the playoffs. Their death overs specialists – Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga – went for plenty against KKR and skipper Rohit Sharma will be hoping for a better performance this time.

What: Match 51, Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

When: May 2 (Thursday)

Where: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Time: 8 pm IST

Weather: Partly cloudy with a maximum high of 31 degrees Celsius

On TV: Star Network (In India)

You can follow LIVE coverage of the match on CricketCountry (Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad: SCORECARD)

Teams

Mumbai Indians

As compared to their opponents, Mumbai Indians are certain to make it to the playoffs. One area that has let them down this season has been their batting. Apart from some good finishing by their big-hitting allrounders, none of the other batsmen have fired consistently. With two home games to go before the group stage draws to a close, their batsmen including the openers will look to fire. Considering the MI surface that sometimes can offer assistance to the spinners, MI may opt to replace Barinder Sran, who was epxpensive against KKR, with Mayank Markande.

Probable XI: 1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Rohit Sharma (captain), 3. Evin Lewis, 4. Suryakumar Yadav, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Hardik Pandya, 7. Krunal Pandya, 8. Mayank Markande/ Barinder Sran, 9. Rahul Chahar, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Lasith Malinga

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad have a major task of assembling their batting unit on the absence of Warner and Bairstow. Kane Williamson has to step up and lead the charge. Manish Pandey’s return to form holds the side in good stead.

Probable XI: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 3. Manish Pandey, 4. Kane Williamson (captain), 5. Vijay Shankar, 6. Deepak Hooda, 7. Mohammad Nabi, 8. Rashid Khan, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Khaleel Ahmed, 11. Sandeep Sharma

Head-to-head record

Number of times played: 13

MI wins: 6

SRH wins: 7

No result: 0

Tie: 0

Quotes

“There is depth in our squad and we will be calling upon that. It is really exciting and a lot of hard work to go before any talk of finals.” Kane Williamson

“As a team we have done some right things and we have to believe in our abilities. You got to stay positive and look forward to the next game.” Rohit Sharma