Mumbai will once again be bitterly disappointed after another loss, this time at the hands of the wildly inconsistent Rajasthan Royals. After a promising start, Mumbai were choked by the returning Jofra Archer (3/22) and could only post 167. To their credit, the Mumbai bowlers took it down to the wire where the Royals required 10 runs in the final over for victory but ultimately, were unable to get the job done again.
As has been stated multiple times throughout the tournament, Mumbai are really struggling with their depth with their all-rounders in particular struggling with the bat so changes need to be made. However, coach Mahela Jayawardene is not spoilt for choice with a lack of replacements.
The Sunrisers have now dropped their last two matches with the most recent against an in-form Chennai outfit who posted 182/3. In response SRH fell agonisingly short, going down by just four runs thanks to Williamson’s heroics.
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Kane Williamson
This was the second match in a row where the Sunrisers batsmen were required to chase over 150 and have been unable to do so in both matches. Sunrisers had CSK in a precarious position at 32/2 from 7 overs however the firepower of the CSK middle order was able to counter attack and post the winning total.
Sunrisers Hyderabad may need to look at adding some depth to their batting line-up for this upcoming match. Aside from Kane Williamson’s brilliant 84 (his third half century so far) and Yusuf Pathan’s late hitting at the end (45 from 27), no other batsmen really fired a shot. Alex Hales is still yet to play a match and the time may be right to bring him into the starting XI.
Mumbai’s middle order have once again crumbled as the Indians were sitting at a very handy 130/1 thanks to Yadav (72 from 47) and Ishan Kishan (58 from 42). After the loss of Kishan at the 14 over mark, things rapidly declined with the rest of the batting order only contributing an extra 37 runs - 21 of those coming off the bat of Kieron Pollard.
Both teams will be ruing close finishes from their previous matches. Mumbai returned to the inconsistency that has plagued them since the start of the tournament, whilst Sunrisers Hyderabad have now lost two in a row chasing large totals which has shown a potential weakness in the armoury. Mumbai will be ultra-disappointed after such a strong showing against RCB and to let the match against Rajasthan slip will surely dent the confidence of the squad. Sunrisers will be looking to bounce back in a big way themselves but this really is a 50/50 match and an unpredictable one to call.
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