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 Warnerand 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. (For full Preview, CLICK HERE)