New Delhi: The path to the playoffs in IPL 2022 has become extremely difficult for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as the team has lost five matches in a row. If Hyderabad wins the remaining two matches, they will have 14 points, but to reach the playoffs, they will have to pray for a favourable result in other teams' matches as well. SRH will now take on five-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians (MI), who have been knocked out of the playoff race at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday. If Hyderabad loses to Mumbai, they will definitely be knocked out, because the seven-team has 12 or more points.
Mumbai, on the other hand, who were knocked out of the playoff race, had beaten Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets in the last match, which would have boosted their morale. For Mumbai, the form of skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, who was bought at the highest price, is a matter of concern. In the absence of Suryakumar Yadav, both of them will have to take more responsibility and give the team an aggressive start.
Tilak Verma has handled the responsibility of the less experienced middle-order well. It will not be easy for batsmen like Daniel Sams, Tim David, Tristan Stubbs and Ramandeep Singh to face the Sunrisers bowlers. In bowling, fast bowler Sams is an expert in taking wickets initially. Jasprit Bumrah and Riley Meredith are also playing their part. Spinner Kumar Karthikeya Singh is bowling better in the middle overs.
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma (captain), Tilak Verma, Ramandeep Singh, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Hrithik Shaukeen, Daniel Sams, Kumar Karthikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Yoonson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan.