Mumbai v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 12, 2013

Sunrisers face Mumbai's daunting Wankhede test

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Match facts

May 13, 2013
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

Big Picture

We have arrived at that stage of the tournament where the scramble to make the playoffs is in full swing. While the numerical possibilities say otherwise, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are in all likelihood through while the bottom four are out. That leaves a middle cluster of three teams vying for the remaining two playoff spots. Both Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad are in this cluster, meaning their encounter on Monday at the Wankhede will be vital.

After 13 games each, Mumbai Indians have 18 points and Sunrisers have 16. Sunrisers face the tougher of the tasks on hand, and not just because they have fewer points; Mumbai have won six out of six games at the Wankhede so far this season. While Sunrisers too have a very good home record - they've scored points in five of six at Uppal - they have won only three away matches, all against teams below them on the points table.

They can draw some confidence, though, from their showing on Saturday in Mohali against Kings XI. There they first recovered from 52 for 5 to 150 with smart batting, before their bowlers once again did the job. Also, as has been their style at Uppal, they had restricted Mumbai Indians to 129 earlier in the tournament, and then chased down the target with ease, courtesy Shikhar Dhawan. They'll need all the confidence they can get when facing Mumbai at home.

Form guide

Mumbai Indians: WWWLW (most recent first)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: WLWWL

In the spotlight

The Mumbai Indians bowling v the Sunrisers Hyderabad batting. The Mumbai attack has lorded over the opposition batsmen in their previous two games, first against the might of the Chennai Super Kings and then against Kolkata Knight Riders. Mitchell Johnson has been particularly lethal with his swing at high pace, and will provide the stiffest of challengers on a relatively quick track for the unfancied Sunrisers line-up, which is most at home on the slow surfaces at Uppal. The numbers show why this line-up is not thought a lot of: they've played 13 matches, but only one batsman aggregates 200 runs so far. Apart from Dhawan, who missed the first seven matches due to injury, none of the specialist batsmen average even 27. Dhawan is just 30-odd short of topping Sunrisers' run chart, despite playing only half their games. He will be central to their fortunes at the Wankhede.

Stats and trivia

  • Parthiv Patel became the first Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman to touch the 200-run mark in the tournament, taking his aggregate to 218 at 24.22 with his 61 in the previous game
  • Sachin Tendulkar is closing in on 300 IPL fours. He needs eight more to get there, and will be the first player in the league to do so

Quotes

"You get a leg up over everyone else by spending time here. [It's] going to help me a lot in the future.There are a lot of tournaments in India throughout the year, so you have got to adapt to playing here. It is a massive advantage to get used to the conditions over here."
Glenn Maxwell thinks his long stay in India, first with Australia and then with Mumbai Indians, will be beneficial in the long run

"Yes, she is. Probably I should make another one to get even luckier."
Sunrisers Hyderabad's Darren Sammy says his daughter Skai is his lucky charm

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Wankhedes is always helpful to India in the past.and in thisIPLseason Pepsi,it has helped Mumbai throughout.

    The ace owlets are of equal status .Malinga & Johnson for Mumbai& the world number one Steyn forSRH.

    But the matche today is notin South Africa,it might help more Johnson& Malinga. The fate of SRH solely depend upon Young Parthiv & Dhavan. Parthiv Patel is a good batsman& wicketkeeper.why he could not get a chance to wear Indian Colors is a question to be addressed to all the past selection wizards.

    As IPL is unpredictable, being a game of Chance, with less importance for talent like Test Matches,the result of this match would be known only after the last over of team batting second is over. Both being deserving ,the result would indirectly decide the Fate of RCB.

  • SantoshKewat on May 13, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    A win for Mumbai maintains the status quo at the top of the order. Bangalore will stay in fourth position and the shoot-out for the last spot remains. If Hyderabad win today, then it will throw Mumbai and Bangalore's plan awry.

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    White as a captain is fine...but his batting form is of concern.. .even shikhar should provide a good start and try to stay on till most part of the innings,an opener staying at the crease for most part of the innings will surely help achieve a respectable total which is lacking in SRH batting...Hope to see SRH progress.. .

  • TheCricketeer on May 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    I know - 3 out of 3 failures from De Kock. But Sunrisers dont have a whole bunch in the batting department. They should have stuck with him. If he had of "acclimatised" he would have been their superstar! I'd bring him back.

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Galle.Fort : So Sanga likes to face Aus bowlers?. how many Aus bowlers there in Mumbai team? So how many balls Sanga will face of Johnson? Do you want Sanga to open the innings to face Johnson? Or do you want Johnson to bowl when Sanga comes in? In any option , maximum possibility for Sanga to face Johnson is not more than 10 balls. in those 10 balls also he will defend 5 balls at least, and may be 2 - twos and 2 ones and 1 four. but he cannot win a match know. But i suggest you to see IPL stats for Sanga. he is not even in top 100(HUNDRED). lol. he is struggling to face medicore bowlers and got dropped from the team many times. and our players has to learn from Sanga? lol. our players are scoring tuns of runs where Sanga is failing to go beyond 10 runs. India is a factory of making good batsmen. So please praise your players in your nation, and do not try to criticize our players.

  • AKS_XI on May 13, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Going by the condition of Mumbai's pitch Steyn's initial spell will be crucial for SRH. If he can bet 2-3 quick wickets with his raw pace then they have a chance!

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Try with Maxwell as opener in place of Smith

  • dummy4fb on May 13, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Good win for MI its a game to die for tonite cant wait

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    SRH needs to improve their fielding, Catching, and Batting. Dhavan should not take chances initially and should try to carry on the innings till the end and other end the chances should be taken. Ishant looks dangerous in one match, and in next match he looks like an ordinary bowler. He should come out good today. Parera and Sammy should take responsibility of hitting and pushing the score more than 160 some how, then the match will be interesting. SRH should bat first and put 160+ on the board then there is a high possibility for them to win.. but it is not at all easy.... Mumbai is a very strong side.. all the best SRH.

  • NUNA_1980 on May 13, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    It's going to be pace bowling exhibition in Mumbai,(Jonson, Malinga, Styen, Ishan). Bowling Strength is almost equivalent in both side. But SRH batting is the biggest issue for them good to see Parthiv back to some form. Dhawan factor will play most important role in this game, will he can stand against mighty Mumbai attack???