Mumbai Indians remain winless in this year's edition of the Indian Premier League, while Sunrisers Hyderabad have won just one match. The two struggling sides meet on Wednesday to slog it out.
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Date: Wednesday, April 30
Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: AccuWeather predicts a very warm day with temperatures getting up to 38 degrees Celsius during the day. It will be a touch cooler in the evening with a 33 degrees Celsius forecast.
Mumbai and Hyderabad are the last two teams to play in the United Arab Emirates before the competition returns to India. Both sides have had plenty of time to adjust to conditions, so failures cannot be put down to unfamiliarity any more.
Mumbai have endured a torrid time this season having been convincingly beaten in every single game they have played. Their totals have been low, and their bowling has been unconvincing.
The Sunrisers, meanwhile, have had some convincing displays with the bat, but their bowlers haven't been able to back them up—as a unit, they have not clicked.
Both teams are fresh off of a loss, and both teams have a lot to prove. Mumbai's biggest worry is that not one batsman has managed to accumulate more than 100 runs in the four games they have played. Nobody averages over 27.00, and only one player has scored a fifty. Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey and Kieron Pollard have all been underwhelming.
The bowlers have been marginally better, with Lasith Malinga the pick of the bunch, having picked up seven wickets at an average of 13.00. Harbhajan Singh has struggled, though, with two wickets in four games at an eye-watering average of 44.50, and Zaheer Khan has three wickets at an average of 30.66.
Those figures won't inspire much confidence. The Sunrisers have only fared marginally better. Their Australian duo of Aaron Finch and David Warner have scored a half-century apiece, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Dale Steyn have been perfectly adequate with the ball, managing ten wickets between them.
With the form Mumbai's batsmen are in, Sunrisers should be the favourites for the win, considering their strong bowling line-up. However, when Malinga is on the prowl, anything is possible. Another low-scoring thriller could very well be on the cards.
Malinga will play a big part with the ball. Since the rest of the Mumbai bowling line-up has struggled, Malinga's spells—especially at the start—to Finch and Warner will be crucial. If the two Aussies are dismissed early on, Mumbai will have a sniff of victory.
Finch has showed some promise and he averages 51.00 already in this year's event. With scores of 19, 88* and 44, the Aussie's stay at the top of the order is crucial to getting a platform for a big total going.
Sharma (capt.), Chidhambaram Gautam, Sushant Marathe, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, Apoorv Wankhade, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jalaj Saxena, Shreyas Gopal, Jasprit Bumrah, Pawan Suyal, Mike Hussey, Ben Dunk, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Josh Hazlewood, Krishmar Santokie and Marchant de Lange.
Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Naman Ojha, Karan Sharma, Parvez Rasool, KL Rahul, Venugopal Rao, Srikkanth Anirudha, Manpreet Juneja, Ricky Bhui, Amit Paunikar, Prasanth Parameswaran, Ashish Reddy, Chama Milind, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, David Warner, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Brendan Taylor.
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