Firming their grip on a spot in the playoffs will be the target for both Mumbai Indians and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The two potential top four teams clash in an IPL 2016 match in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.
While Mumbai Indians have made a strong run after a slow start, the Sunrisers Hyderabad have looked really good, with David Warner leading them from the front. MI, to a large extent, have also relied on the batting wonder of Rohit Sharma, and the two captains will be important to their team's cause come match time on Sunday.
This will be the first IPL match in Visakhapatnam this season, which means both teams will go into the game with that unknown factor hanging around. While they might try to read the pitch, you can only ever be a 100% certain once you start playing on it, so the winning captain should elect to bowl first, so that they have an opportunity to see how the pitch behaves when the opposition bats.
While MI are coming off a comprehensive win over RPS, the Sunrisers got the better of the Gujarat Lions, with Shikhar Dhawan, Warner's opening partner, taking over the match-winning duties with the bat.
"Since the tournament has started, I haven't had a very good run with the bat," Dhawan told IPL's official website. "But that was in the initial stages of the tournament. After that, I have been scoring well in the last three matches with a half-century to go along with it.
"With the second phase of the tournament starting, it is always good that you get some good runs under your belt. It becomes easier as a batsman to perform and dominate bowling attacks. I am happy that I got the runs but most importantly my motive was to win the match for my side.
"My plan was to stay there till the end and churn out a victory for the team. It worked just that way and I am happy that I could put up a meaningful performance for the side."
Having had Kane Williamson back in the side recently, SRH were happy to see Yuvraj Singh also come into the playing XI, and while the veteran might not have had the greatest of impacts in his first game for the Sunrisers, Warner will know the importance of having such an impactful player in the lineup.
Impact is what Kieron Pollard has been making as well, and MI will hope the West Indian, along with the rest of their big-hitters deliver, and gain a measure of revenge for their defeat to the Sunrisers earlier this season.
Where to Watch Live
MI vs SRH is scheduled for a 4 p.m. IST (11.30 a.m. BST, 5.30 a.m. ET) start. Below are the TV and Live Streaming options.
Middle East and North Africa: TV: OSN Sports Cricket. Live Streaming: OSN Cricket Play.
USA: TV: ESPN. Live streaming: Watch ESPN.
Canada: TV: Sportsnet. Live Streaming: Watch Sportsnet.
South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa: TV: Supersport. Live Streaming: Supersport Live Video.
International (ROW): Cricketgateway.