After Kolkata, the challenge only gets bigger for Mumbai Indians as they will be up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad today. Sunrisers are one of only two teams that is yet to taste defeat in IPL 2017. Call it a myth or a fact but Sunrisers have lost both their matches at the Wankhede. The chasing sides have won all the five matches at the Wankhede since IPL 2016. So there are equal chances of winning and losing the match from both the sides. With such confusion arising, we surely will be witnessing a clueless guess match which will be even more exciting. Mumbai Indians will be keen to use their home advantage and try to emulate what Sunrisers have done so far, which wouldn’t be such a simple task as they will face a quality side that is further boosted by the return of Mustafizur Rahman, their savior from last season.
Mumbai Indians’ two innings with the bat so far have been pretty similar – a good start, followed by a heap of wickets and then Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya coming to the team’s rescue. Buttler, who has looked in ominous form, hasn’t been able to make a sizeable contribution yet and has been at the wrong end of two bad umpiring decisions. He will be eager to make a big impact at the top, as would Rohit, who is yet to hit the straps, with poor umpiring denying him that opportunity in the last match. The likes of Parthiv Patel, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya have flattered to deceive, and Mumbai Indians will be hoping that they come good soon.
Another concern for Mumbai is that their pacers haven’t been a major influence so far, and the cascading effect of that is that it runs being leaked both at the start and the death. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will be pleased with the performance of the spinners in their last game and will hope that Krunal and Harbhajan Singh can continue in the same vein.
Going by performances of Sunrisers Hyderabad, they are thoroughly a professional unit whose single-minded focus is clinching a second title in as many years. The contributions have been perfectly spread, which is a very good sign and speaks about the efficiency of the team. However, the immediate trial for Sunrisers is to keep the show going in all their matches and currently with the game against Mumbai being followed by a game in Kolkata.
The pitch is expected to be a batting paradise, as has been the norm in T20 matches at the Wankhede. A high of 33 degree Celsius is anticipated. Dew could play a big factor and chasing is usually the preferred option at this venue. Anyways the match is surely going to be eye-catching and nerve-wrecking if this confusion continues till the end. We hope to see some good shots and some good rescues to save each others’ teams. Well, the wait is till 8pm. So let’s just keep waiting.