Ricky Ponting hopes MI would come up with a good performance tomorrow © IANS
Ricky Ponting hopes MI would come up with a good performance on Sunday © IANS

Hyderabad: With a play-off berth at stake, Mumbai Indians (MI) coach Ricky Ponting today said that his wards are fully focussed on playing their best cricket in a must-win IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) tomorrow. READ Match Preview

Both Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers have 14 points each from 13 matches and a win in their last league match tomorrow is a must for either team to qualify for the play-offs.

“It is a must-win game for both teams. That’s what it has come down to. We are conscious over the last few weeks of making sure that our players have not focused on anything else other than the task at hand, the next game,” he said.

“There has been a lot of talk about who is going to finish where. That is not relevant to us. We want to prepare well, try and learn about the conditions as much as possible.

“We had a chance to watch the Sunrisers Hyderabad play their cricket. But, to me, it’s really important that we are focused on us. How we are going to play our best cricket tomorrow,” Ponting told reporters on the eve of the match.

Noting that the team is yet to play to its full potential in the tournament, Ponting hopes his side would come up with a good performance tomorrow.

Ponting said it was unlikely that too many changes would be made for tomorrow’s game. “The balance of the team is good and we have not made many changes in the composition of the team,” the coach said.

Praising young India players, the former Australia captain said, “Hardik Pandya and Jagadeesha Suchithare are among the promising young Indian players in the team and the Mumbai outfit is going to harness their talent.”