Batting is the concern for both the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Mumbai Indians as they go into Match 12 of IPL 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. While the SRH batting has not clicked in both their matches so far, MI have failed to impress with the willow twice as well.
So, when it comes to this match on Monday, it is safe to say that the team that finds their batting rhythm will end up winning the contest.
SRH have disappointed with the bat in both their games so far, bowing to the pressure of an albeit stiff chase against RCB, before losing way too many early and cheap wickets in their first home match, against KKR. David Warner, the captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, knows that needs to change, if SRH, still missing Kane Williamson and Yuvraj Singh, apart from fast bowler Ashish Nehra, if his team are to compete for a top-four place this season.
"In hindsight we didn't bat as well as we planned," Warner was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "Chasing 228 is always a big ask at any venue, but we know in Bangalore 200 gets run down a lot. We just weren't good enough on the day. Then, in the other game, we didn't start well -- we lost three wickets in the first six. That is not ideal. You need 160-170 to defend at least.
"Our bowlers have sort of missed the mark in the last two games. I felt that execution was not there. We bowled probably one or two bad overs last night, but were good up front. We still haven't had the complete game.
"Last year and this year we still haven't worked out the complete game, the batters haven't worked well with the bowlers. We have to try and gel and work together as much as we can."
That is a tough ask with games coming thick and fast, and with MI going into this match with a point to prove, SRH will need a perfect game to sink Rohit Sharma's side.
The Mumbai Indians are coming off a loss to the Gujarat Lions, their second straight defeat at home this season, and the champions will hope that their away form continues in the same vein, having picked up an impressive victory over KKR in Kolkata.
Where to Watch Live
SRH vs MI is set to begin at 8 p.m. IST (3.30 p.m. BST, 10.30 a.m. ET). Live coverage of the match on TV will be on Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Hotstar and Starsports.com will provide the online live streaming options for the match.
OSN Sports Cricket is the place to be to watch the IPL 2016 match live in the Middle East and North Africa, while the action can also be live streamed on OSN Cricket Play. Supersport and Supersport Live Video will give the TV and online live streaming options for the SRH vs MI IPL 2016 match for audiences in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa.
Viewers from across the world can also watch the Indian Premier League live on Cricketgateway.