All-time meetings: Mumbai Indians W6, Sunrisers Hyderabad W7 Last meeting: Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 40 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
Captain: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians know that a victory here will seal their knockout spot and they could also be in with a chance of finishing in the top two so there is enough on the line to motivate them to bounce back from the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the weekend.
The bowling attack was unusually expensive by their high standards as KKR smashed them to all parts for a season-high 232/2 so there is a chance that they will look to change things around a little with Jason Behrendorff and Beuran Hendricks waiting in the wings to come into the side.
Hardik Pandya’s outstanding form continued despite the loss to KKR as he smashed a stunning 91 from 34 balls, but they will need more from De Kock, Rohit Sharma and Lewis at the top of the order against the Sunrisers.
Coach: Tom Moody
Captain: Kane Williamson
Sunrisers Hyderabad ensured David Warner departed the IPL in style in his final match against Kings XI Punjab last time out as they hit 212/6 and ultimately won by 45 runs to put them in pole position for fourth place in the ladder.
With Rajasthan Royals only picking a point up in their abandoned match with RCB, the Sunrisers know that a victory here will go a long way to securing a knockout phase place but they will have to survive now without Warner who has easily been the best batsman in the tournament up until this stage.
They have a ready-made replacement for Warner in big-hitting Kiwi opener Martin Guptill, although he may be a little out of nick having yet to play a single IPL game this campaign, but they will be hoping he can hit the ground running in what is likely to be the only change to the team that beat Kings XI.
This is a key match for both teams as they will be keen to get the win here and avoid having to go to their final group stage matches to seal their place in the final four. Mumbai Indians may make one or two changes but the core of the side is settled, which is not the case for Sunrisers Hyderabad. They somehow have to replace David Warner who hit 692 runs, including one century and eight fifties. It seems highly unlikely that Guptill or whoever replaces him will be able to get up to speed so quickly. Mumbai lost last time out, but they should get back to winning ways here against an under-strength Sunrisers outfit.
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