The fourteenth edition of the biggest T20 league in the country will see a clash between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad on matchday 9 of IPL 2021. The game starts at 7:30 pm IST and is set to be played in M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The games are being played in neutral venues thus nullifying the home support factor. The fans are not allowed as there has been a heavy spike in the Covid-19 cases all around the country. The match will be played behind closed doors and fans are expected to extend their support from their respective homes.
There have been few changes in the IPL table. RCB sits on the top with two wins out of two matches and CSK is back where it belongs, in the top four. Mumbai is currently on third and SRH is at the very bottom of the table.
M.A Chidambaram Stadium better known as Chepauk is a favorable pitch for teams with a sustainable batting side. Although the IPL 2021 has seen many teams with a fairly good batting line-up brought down by seamers and spinners. Even though the dry and hard ground allows the batsman to step out and target the boundary, the risk of getting caught is higher. It is expected Mumbai Indians will go for a handsome target this time and reduce their error-prone batting during the powerplay.
Mumbai Indians Team News
Rohit Sharma and his company showed great character as they defended a low total of 152 runs against the batting prowess of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai’s chances of winning the match looked bleak until the death overs. They replaced Chris Lynn for their regular wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton De Kock. De Kock who was completing his quarantine period in bio-secure bubbles was introduced against KKR.
The gamble did not pay off, De Kock was sent walking to the pavilion by spinner Varun Chakravarthy. Chris Lynn who scored a half-century in Mumbai’s opening match seemed like a better addition than the South African. Given time, De Kock’s game will surely improve but his 2 runs out of 6 balls could have cost Mumbai heavily. Luckily due to a brilliant bowling attack from Mumbai’s side; they were able to stop lethal hitters of the ball like Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell from scoring runs.
Mumbai is expected to go forward into this match without any drastic changes in their eleven.
Predicted Eleven– Trent Boult(Overseas), Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock(wk)(Overseas), Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma (C), Marco Jansen(Overseas), Kieron Pollard(Overseas), Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Team News
The Sunrisers Hyderabad were handed their second defeat in a row by Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday. David Warner and his team got Royal Challengers Bangalore bundled in just 149 runs in 20 overs. Their bowlers were phenomenal against the herculean batting unit Royal Challengers Bangalore has. Jason Holder along with Rashid Khan were among the key bowlers who made it difficult for Bangalore to score runs.
Despite this Sunrisers Hyderabad faced difficulty in getting themselves to such an easy total. It was only David Warner and Manish Pandey who picked up the baton and got their team as close to winning as they could. The rest of the batsman toppled down eventually and Hyderabad could not help but suffer another defeat in this years’ IPL.
The absence of Kane Williamson is highly felt. And it is time that Sunrisers introduce him in their playing eleven. It would be interesting to see which overseas player sits out to have the Kiwi captain in the team.
Predicted Eleven– Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Jonny Bairstow(Overseas), Jason Holder(Overseas), David Warner(c)(Overseas), T Natarajan, Rashid Khan(Overseas), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha(wk),.
The Mumbai and Sunrisers share an equal number of wins(8) out of the total number of times they have faced each other. The match on Saturday will break the tie between these two sides. It is no secret that Mumbai Indians are the obvious favorites to win this fixture but we cannot keep Sunrisers out of contention. Last years’ IPL saw Mumbai Indians hand a lengthy target of 208 runs to Hyderabad. Thus registering the highest total in this fixture. A powerful strike of 67 in 39 balls by Quinton De Kock sealed Mumbai’s win against Hyderabad.
The M.A Chidambaram Stadium, also known as Chepauk, averages a team total of 180 in IPL; but with the heavy arsenal of batsmen, both these teams have, runs can soar higher.
All throughout these years’ this fixture has not provided any sort of surprises, hopefully, Friday could prove to be something different.