ABOUT THE MATCH:
In a mouth-watering clash between table-toppers MI and playoff hopers SRH, this game would aptly be the last one of the league stage which has thrown in plenty of surprises over the course of 45 days. This game would be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, a ground notorious for changing its color right through the match, forget the course of the tournament. All these factors sets up a match that promises to be a blockbuster.
Here’s our Match Prediction for the 56th Match where SRH take on MI.
SRH is coming off two huge wins against DC and RCB which has bolstered their NRR no ends. In fact, apart from MI, they are the only team who have a positive NRR as compared to other teams in the playoffs race. MI who are riding high with a series of wins would be wary of any complacency seeping through their ranks. A lot rides on the result of this match too, if SRH wins, they go through else other teams in the table would be moving into the playoffs. SRH doesn’t need to complicate anything, they win, they go ahead, else they go home, and sometimes such simple thinking will help a team tremendously.
SRH may just might be tempted to play Jonny Bairstow in place of Kane Williamson, who might prove to be an enforcer in the middle order as compared to Williamson’s role of an accumulator.
If the pitch is similar to one they played against RCB, couple of days ago, they might well go ahead with Shahbaz Nadeem, else they would want to pick Khaleel Ahmed, who provides them a wicket taking option.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson/ Jonny Bairstow, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem/Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
In David Warner, SRH has a passionate leader who likes to lead from the front. His energy rubs on to the entire team and the moment he is in his elements, the entire outfit looks different. Until a week ago, not many would have given SRH a chance to qualify but they have done everything possible to make it to the playoffs.
Any other team may have been hampered by injury to their star player (Rohit Sharma) but not Mumbai Indian. Their dominance has been so professional that Ishan Kishan has stepped up beautifully as an opener in Rohit’s absence.
Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the previous game is expected to make a comeback, while Coulternile may get one more game in.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI:
Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulternile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
The only thing MI would be battling now is complacency. They have peaked too early and would not want any bad habits to creep into their system. They would also take confidence from the fact that they had defeated SRH at Sharjah in their first meeting.
Sharjah had been a batting paradise at the start of the tournament but gradually the pitch has worn out rapidly as compared to the other venues in UAE and has shown signs of slowing down considerably. If it continues to be a sticky wicket, winning the toss and bowling would become a huge factor, as dew would make batting easier in the second half of the game.
The weather is predicted to be pleasant tomorrow. Wind velocity is expected to be around 18 km/hour. The daytime temperature is going to hit 32° C and the temperature is going to drop to 23° C at night. Humidity is expected to hover around 53%
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS:
1. David Warner
In a crucial game like, we expect SRH’s talismanic skipper to come to the fore and put on a show for his team. If David Warner keeps going, it would be difficult to stop him and SRH.
1. Quinton De Kock
After a couple of quite games, De Kock would be itching to go hard again SRH and set the tone for the team. He isn’t used to getting outscored by his batting partner and would like to make a point going into this match.
HEAD TO HEAD:
1. Total Played– 15
2. MI Won– 8
3. RCB Won– 7
4. No Result–0
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3. Match Timings – 3rd November 2020 at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC)
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
While MI has nothing to lose, SRH on the other hand has everything to gain and so they would be the ones who would be expected to take the game head-on. Their bowling unit is expected to keep the high flying MI in check while their shaky middle order would be severely tested against the quality of Bumrah. We expect nothing but an epic!