Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 30, 2013

Sunrisers aim to stick with the pack


Match facts

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Start time 1600 IST (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

The scramble to finish in the top four is getting intense as the league moves into the second half. While Chennai Super Kings have floated to the top and two teams with inertia working against them have settled at the bottom, others are still moving up and down randomly in Brownian motion. Sunrisers Hyderabad were at the top a week ago, but after two away losses they have descended to No. 5. They have a chance to catch the updraught again when they face a strong Mumbai Indians team at their home venue.

Most teams this year have thrived in home conditions and Sunrisers are no different - they have won three out of three in Hyderabad on the back of some inspiring spells by their all-round bowling unit even after repeated batting collapses. With the inclusion of Shikhar Dhawan and Darren Sammy, the line-up appears - at least on paper - a bit spunkier. If they can find a way to extend the aggression shown by their bowlers to their batting - and fielding - they can continue springing surprises. The only problem that remains to be solved is their constant juggling of the captaincy.

Mumbai Indians' home record is immaculate, but playing away, they have blown hot and cold. Their batting was dismal in Jaipur and their bowlers appeared listless in Delhi. However, they seem to have bumped into the right formula under the new leadership of Rohit Sharma and have won three consecutive matches, although that has neatly covered up the lack of form of their 40-year-old opener. Can they pull up a similar act without the Mumbai crowd behind them?

Form guide

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Sunrisers' rickety batting line-up was overly dependent on Thisara Perera for the big hits, but in Darren Sammy, they now have another player who can clear the boundaries with ease, can play the defensive role, be a decent bowler and an athletic fielder. His half-century against Rajasthan Royals gave Sunrisers a chance to fight and showed his value in the team. For what it's worth, he is also from West Indies, the players from where have played a number of starring roles this season already.

Rohit Sharma is probably the best striker of the ball in India behind MS Dhoni. But he is not the usual murderer of the cricket ball; he takes his time and then makes it up later with hits that are easy to the eye and brutal on the bowler's psyche. Some of his sixes this season have landed deep into the stands; one off a full toss off David Hussey ended up in the top tier at Wankhede on Monday night. Dale Steyn's bowling was dented by Dhoni the other day in Chennai. Can Rohit do the same against the best fast bowler in the world?

Stats and trivia

  • Thisara Perera is the leading run-scorer for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season with 144 runs, but he sits on No. 28 in the batting charts
  • Rohit Sharma has smashed 23 sixes this season - 10 more than the third-placed Eoin Morgan. Chris Gayle is on the top of the list with 36.
  • 130 by Royal Challengers Bangalore is the highest total achieved by a visiting team in Hyderabad this season


"As we have seen in the past and we will probably see in the future, teams like Mumbai are not unbeatable."
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody is not intimidated by the opposition

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Deepak on May 1, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    129 - enough for SRH to chase within 20 overs. SRH will win in 18 overs

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Today's squad should be sanga, dale, sammy and perera

  • Juan on May 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @priceless1 - Seriously? Of all the people? DeKock over Sanga at such a crucial period. Bad call. Yes, Sanga's not performing but I feel he's the best option for SRH when it comes to captaincy and maybe Sammy. White not it. Been more than enough time now for teams to settle and set their squads having identified strength and weakness. If they haven't, they deserve to loose. This is CSKs biggest advantage. They know their players and it helps that everyone performs :p I agree with the people opting for Sanga (C), Perera, Sammy & Steyn. We'll see what the team decides.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    get nathan mccullum in for sanga and parthiv for akshath reddy (opener). give captaincy to Darren Sammy. this shld be a balanced side.

  • Kishore on May 1, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    As per my choice 4 overseas players are 1) Steyn 2) Perara 3) Sammy 4) Kock or McCullum. Both White and Sanga should restrict to pavillion.

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    It's the team with depth in betting as well the bowling : 1.Kumar Sangakkara (B) 2.Shikhar Dhawan(B)3.Hanuma Vihari (B)4.T.Perera (B/BWL), 5.Amit Mishra (B/BWL),6.Karan Sharma (B/BWL)7Ankit Sharma (B/BWL)8.Darren Sammy (B/BWL)9.D Steyn (B/BWL),10.Ishant Sharma (BWL)11.Ashish Reddy (B/BWL)

  • Dummy4 on May 1, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Mumbai Indians should drop Tendulkar. When it comes to t-20, any player is better than him.

  • dev on May 1, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Hope all bowlers of MI will got succeed today as well as d batsmans wish u best of luck to all tie mumbai indian players my bestwishes with MI today go and rock d stadium

  • Deepak on May 1, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Mumbai will lose today. they are not a good team in this IPL, They have scraped through matches except for a couple of bigger margin wins.

  • Ali on May 1, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Duminy should have been picked from day 1, but he is still recovering from a heel injury I suppose. Vihari plays really slow fro T20's so he should be left out. This should be the line-up for today: 1-DHAWAN 2-AKSATH REDDY 3-PATELl(wk) 4-WHITE 5-PERERA 6-SAMMY 7-ASHISH REDDY 8-MISHRA 9-STEYN 10-KARAN 11-ISHANT. The main issue for the SunRisers has been their batting in the first 10 overs or so, if Dhawan can get some support from Askath and Patel, while White, Perera, Sammy, Ashish and Mishra bang the bowlers at the death, the SunRisers could post something around 180. Not to under estimate MI. Tendulkar should try and bat No.4. Someone should move for Maxwell. MI squad: SMITH/MAXWELL, ROHIT, KARTHIK, TENDULKAR, POLLARD, RAYUDU, BHAJJI, JOHNSON, MALINGA, KULKARNI, BUMRAH/OJHA. If Maxwell plays, he should come after Pollard and Tendulkar should open, Ojha should also be removed then because Maxwell is also a spinner. It's going to be a good contest.