The Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (KKR) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Monday. It is the 62nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 and the second meeting for the teams this season.
SRH defeated MI by seven wickets in Hyderabad earlier this season. They will meet again on Monday, this time in Mumbai. It will be a sort of revenge for MI if they beat SRH before the home crowd.
MI are on the verge of confirming a place for the Play-Offs, and need just one more win. They are currently placed third on the table with 18 points after winning nine of the 13 matches played. They come into this contest after back-to-back victories; the latest was five-wicket win against Pune Warriors India. Undefeated at home this season, they will be keen to seal their place for the Play-Offs.
SRH are currently in the fifth place with 16 points after winning eight of the 13 matches played. Monday's match is crucial for them as they need to win two more games to book a place for the Play-Offs. They defeated Kings XI Punjab by 30 runs in the previous match and it should boost their confidence.
SRH defeated MI by seven wickets in their only meeting in IPL, which was played in Hyderabad earlier this season.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (61) and Thisara Perera (32) helped the team put up a decent 150 total on the board in the previous match. With the likes of Cameron White, Shikhar Dhawan, Kumar Sangakkara and Hanuma Vihari in the side, they have a decent batting line-up.
They fielded only Indian bowlers in the previous match, resting their star bowlers like Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Darren Sammy but they won the match with Sandeep Sharma taking three wickets. The star bowlers may return to the team in the match against MI.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (37) was the highest scorer in the previous match. Dinesh Karthik is good form this season and has become the asset for the team. Other batsmen like Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith and Kieron Pollard too have contributed in a few matches. The top-order needs to give a good start and post a big total.
Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Abu Nechim took two wickets each in the previous match, restricting PWI to 112 runs at the back of bowling out Kolkata Knight Riders for just 105 runs. Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha too have performed well. They are slowly turning into a good bowling side.
SRH are a well balanced team but going by the performance of the teams this season, MI are the favourites to win on Monday.
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (captain), Abu Nechim Ahmed, Akshar Patel, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik, Dwayne Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Harbhajan Singh, Jacob Oram, Jalaj Saxena, James Franklin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell Johnson, Munaf Patel, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kumar Sangakkara (C), Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Biplap Samantray, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Darren Sammy, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma, Nathan McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Quinton de Kock, Sachin Rana, Shikhar Dhawan, Sudeep Tyagi, Thalaivan Sargunam, Thisara Perera, Veer Pratap Singh
Where to Watch Live
The match will begin at 8:00 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Set Max channel.