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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  • on May 12, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    The biggest challenge Sunrisers face is that the Mumbai wicket is fastest than any other they've played on. MI batsmen find conditions suitable and location of the stadium makes swing conditions very good for Johnson. Not to forget its similar nature to wickets in Australia. No wonder they have 100% home record. Sunrisers need to produce something sensational to win here.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • on May 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Try with Maxwell as opener in place of Smith

  • 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.

  • on May 12, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    The biggest challenge Sunrisers face is that the Mumbai wicket is fastest than any other they've played on. MI batsmen find conditions suitable and location of the stadium makes swing conditions very good for Johnson. Not to forget its similar nature to wickets in Australia. No wonder they have 100% home record. Sunrisers need to produce something sensational to win here.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • on May 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Try with Maxwell as opener in place of Smith

  • 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???

  • Galle.Fort on May 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy mitchel johnson is the one who knows sanga really well. every time sanga meet johnson always winner will be sanga. sanga never failed against australia. i know sanga not perform well in ipl. bt he the only man who can handle the MI fast bowling attack. i never confident about white's batting because he stuck on the crease and got out. johnson will really happy to see that sanga is sitting on the bunch. virat kholi will like to see of MI failure because rohit sharma's captain ability and batting ability will be problem for kholi's deam to become next indian captain. rohit is cool calm customer and he can play against australia better than kholi. next world cup will be held in australia and teams should ready for that. it is better if your players can learn from sanga how to play in australia. i know your players will never lean it. that's why you always fail in australia.

  • Pavan_15 on May 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Even though Sunrisers have the best bowling attack, it was proved more than once in this IPL that their attack can also be taken apart. Coming to the batting the captain, either Kumar Sangakarra or Cameron White should find their form desperately...they can't rely on those bonus runs coming from the tail and reaching out to 120-130 every time. I believe Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma hold the key for Mumbai batting with Sachin, if gets his touch can easily get under the sunriser's skin. I hope Ishant repeats his performance which he gave against the same Mumbai attack at Hyd and Steyn on the money.

  • on May 13, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    everybody is talking about johnson, dont foget that SRH has dangerous bowlers like STEYN and ISHANTH ,and do u think johnson is better than steyn in a swinging pitch like mumbai,beware MI has to face 24 bullets from steyn gun which can swing in both ways in kilometers

  • Surajrises on May 13, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I probably think that MI should try out Tendulkar-Maxwell combination once right now because Tendulkar at times takes a long time to settle if he doesn't find the pitch favouring his type of batting and Maxwell could just ease out the pressure on him. Its gonna be a tough call yes but unless u dnt take a gamble like these, u cannot go on to win IPL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE!!!

  • on May 13, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    i think that harbhajan should be sent in opening bcoz he is a good striker of the ball and he can hit out of the boundary and also ther are 2 feilders in pp and smith and maxwell can handle in the end

  • on May 13, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Although MI win will cause CSK & RR to drop their positions in points table, they may cheer for MI.. because a loss for SRH will further dip their run-rate and they will be certain for playoffs although SRH tie with them at 20 due the superior run rate they have..

  • Dale_Pain on May 13, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Give de Kock another go... Once his confidence is up he is unstoppable. He would be good against Mumbai quicks..

  • jigneshXI on May 13, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I think it will be mumbai indians all the way.Only change i feel it has to be from the last game is bring pollard for smith and let maxwell open the innings with sachin and give him licence to play freely. And they should use raydu properly if mumbai lose 2 wickets in 6 overs then he should come up.

  • priceless1 on May 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    although White failed again with the bat other day i hope SRH management would not do the same mistake again by Bringing Sanga in to the team , he will be all at sea against the pace of Jhonson

  • tauff on May 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    mumbai will win dis match surely they hve home ground advantage so and today rohith and maxwel wil perform well, my team for mumbai, sachin, smith, kartik, rohithsharma, raydu, maxwel,harabajan, ojha, johnsn, malinga, abunachim..

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    @ Otuwa : You are saying the same story again. t20 is completely different than a test and ODI. You Slog or play classic, the ultimate goal is to score runs. It depends on the current form, and how you adapt to the t20 format. In test you can wait till the bowler bowls a loose ball, but in t20, you have to hit even an excellent ball. In tests Sanga is far better than Parera, but in t20, Parera is ahead than Sanga, because you should have the capacity to adapt and hit even the good balls. hussey,Rahul,Pujara,Kallis,Tendulkar,Mahela All these guys play test match really well, and when it comes to T20, they have changed their style according to t20. Mahela is excellent t20 player though he has failed in this season. Sanga is far behind than all these batsmen in t20.

  • beggars on May 13, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    This match is the match of the IPL thus far with Mumbai looking to cement place in top four. Also this match decides the fate of few franchises.Having said that Sunrisers bowling is much stronger. This wicket will benefit SRH'S batting and bowling. Mumbai should persist with Maxwell.Pollard must warm the bench. Since the first edition of IPL Pollard has not done justice to the kind of hype which was around him.He has hardly performed 3 times overall since this tournament commenced. Mumbai Indians team must be in this order to prosper:

    Maxwell -Smith-Karthik-Rohit-Rayudu-Sachin-Harbhajan-Johnson-Malinga-Suyal/Kulkarni- Ojha.

    Maxwell and Smith can provide a boosting start in first 6 overs.Sachin must bat in the middle order and make sure he is there around till the 20th over to guide others till the last bcoz sachin can rotate strike in the middle overs beautifully. This move sounds out of the box but it will benefit Mumbai Indians. Those who agree Kindly comment.

  • anand_yb712 on May 13, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Ponting surely needs to be there in place of Smith as Smith's strike rate is not good enough. And as MI have shown a tendency to slowly build their innings, Ponting is their best bet against a good new ball attack. His dropping earlier might has inspired him and we know what he can do when properly motivated. Rohit should be captain though. For today I predict MI winning comfortably and topping the table.SRH batting is too brittle for MI attack. What is good about MI this season is that their key players from previous seasons Sachin and Malinga are just peaking at right time and Rohit has found the consistency we all wished he show. MI all the way.

  • Surajrises on May 13, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Every visiting team has flopped in Mumbai and the reason is that the pitch has not been the greatest ever produced and Michelle Johnson has produced magical spells every time he has bowled here. The key once again will be to win the toss and bat first on this Wankhede Pitch. I hope Sunrisers win the toss today somehow and put up a competitive total because even Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik are in good form so they need to get atleast to that 150-160 mark to give a good fight to Mumbai Indians or we r once again gonna watch only the home side dominate...

  • on May 13, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    srh wil win today its too tough rcb to back playoffs

  • sekhar_k on May 13, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Every IPL neutral must surely be cheering on a Rajasthan vs Sunrisers final !, and how nice would it be sunrisers is the winner :)

  • Otuwa on May 13, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy-If you can handle strike bowlers well doesn't matter what format you are playing.According to you T20 is a just sloggers game.But it's incorrect because every team should have one or two proper batsmans.Like hussey,Rahul,Pujara,Kallis,Tendulkar,Mahela.....Because they can play any bowler in any surface.Players like Gayle can only play against mediocre bowlers.SRH team is going to face best bowling attack in this ipl with inexperience batting lineup.Sanga should play today.

  • siltbreeze on May 13, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    If Mumbai reinstate Ponting for Smith, I believe they will have the most complete team in the IPL. He is just a vastly superior batsman, and Smith has hardly been explosive (S/R last game of 88). I don't buy the argument that he and Tendulkar are too pedestrian together, as Sachin showed in last match (S/R 171), especially with the power of Sharma and Pollard in the middle order.

  • Gagzilla on May 13, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Some say that Mumbai is a Fast pitch and they have Mich jhonson but remember SRH has the best baller to ball in fast pitches.... And its also a good ground for perera.... remeber his innings in the world cup final :) Now think we should give chris lynn a chance instead of White I saw one of my friend telling that he'll do wat pomash did for king 11 But due to white and Sanga The 4th overseas player has become a negligable position for SRH and also He has said that we cannot sure the unexperiencd australians who played well in Big bash But see how good Aaron and Ben rohrer playing for ther team So I think @ this time giving him a chance is notta bad idea And give sammy the captaincy

    And i think samantry should get a chance again

  • BetterThanbeaky on May 13, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    This is Johnson's arena, tail feathers high and swinging pace will blast through their batting. I recon Sammy will also show his colours with confidence high after the four wickets on the last outing.

  • ABHIJEET85 on May 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Nothing different is going to happen..MI will go to the top of the table destroying SRH. Sachin will do the destruction today..

  • AllInFairNess on May 13, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @Davis Francis, Governing council will work towards fulfilling your wishes

  • Lankan_Pride07 on May 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Looking back at the performances of all the teams so far, it's clear that stacking up a team with bunch of all-rounders is not the solution (Eg- Pune W). Looking back at every top performing team, it is visible that specialist batsman and bowlers still holds the key. Keeping that in mind, I think Sanga & White should both be included, which will give SRH a solid looking batting line up. Yes they have been woeful thus far. But the laws of probability suggest that these two players are too classier to be failing so often. This is the type of pitch that both of them will find their form. SRH needs an inform Sangakkara and White to have a chance at a playoff spot. I feel for Sammy because he performed really well in his last match, but that was his pitch. Low, slow and stopping on the batsmen! Mumbai is different cup of tea. A fast wicket! And an opposition with 2 world class fast bowlers and 2 classy spinners. You need specialist batsman to negate this attack on this wicket.

  • on May 13, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    its a fastest pitch in IPL, ready to watch -white, ishant, parera, sammy and steyn from SRH and ALL from MI.

  • on May 13, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    i wish a good game for sachin

  • on May 13, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I want Steyn should be on fire and shows that why he is number 1 bowler in the world. this is fatest wicket among all and Steyn should utilize it for his terror.

  • srdoc on May 13, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    @RAJESRH Ashish Reddy is injured and may not be available for entire IPL VI

  • rsurya on May 13, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Don't play Abu Nechim at any cost, he may become the only reason for MI's slide from here, finish in top two is the way to win finals. Play Kulkarni, also can try maxwell at the top replacing smith. And Malinga please bowl the delivery which took you to the top.

  • srilankan1984 on May 13, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Perera is the man to do something for Sunrises...

  • on May 13, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    What's the possibility of Chennai and Rajasthan losing their next 2 matches? Mumbai winning 1 of the remaining 3, and RCB / Sunrisers winning 2 a piece, bringing the total of 5 teams on 20 points. Looks almost impossible but should be alot of fun for the viewers to see all the 5 teams trying to outdo each other. Could be the fuel IPL needs to get the viewers back in big numbers

  • on May 13, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    How many people can predict before the game????????How many?????? but i am telling you know with the two of the finest quick bowlers in the game Mumbai Indians will not only win this game but win many more important matches.

  • RAJESRH on May 13, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Small change in MY Team, because of Ashish's Injury. 1.Dhawan, 2.Parthiv(Wk), 3.White(C), 4.Vihari, 5.Akshat, 6.Sammy, 7.Perera, 8.Karan Sharma, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant. * Akshat Reddy for Ashish Reddy.

  • on May 13, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    for all who's asking to give Lynn a chance needs to know Luke Pomersbach had a great Big bash too, but they struggle to find the same form in these pitches due to lack of experience. Either White or Sanga has to play, and we should have faith that they'll deliver

  • srdoc on May 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    SRH has reached a stage where they can't have a look in for Chris Lynn or rethink about Q De Cock; Sanga, though a seasoned campaigner, has to sit out; and move forward with hapless White again. It is crucial for White to rediscover at least some of his old form. One hopes Shikar Dhawan fires at the start and carries on into middle overs; without attempting silly runs and going for big hoiks. If SRH is in a position to hold back Perera and Sammy till 13 to 14 overs, then they are in big advantage position. Considering Wankhede pitch being pacy, Steyn's job is cut out and it is for Ishant to bowl within himself without attempting to do too much; SRH is lucky to have two pacers in Steyn and Ishant and two medium fast in Perera and Sammy, and it could have had one more utility slow medium bowler in Ashish Reddy, but unfortunately he has to be sidelined with fractured finger. SRH can do with whatever fragile batting they have, provided they bowl well and field well.

  • ramli on May 13, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    SRH is a good bowling team and if their batsmen rise to the occasion, then SRH can hope to win this encounter.

  • ashangamage on May 13, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I Think Sanga and white should play.both of them are good pacy attackers.

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @ Otuwa: All your stats are about ODI, Test, but this is IPL t20 buddy. In test you can take 100 balls to score 1 run, but here that's not the care. You have to PERFORM keeping aside all your records. Your records doesn't score runs and doesn't win a match. Value and Support for those only who SCORE RUNS. A Shark is a king in water but on land... its useless. Its the same is with Sanga. What do I do with MCG in Boxing day test? Talk about IPL know.

  • RAJESRH on May 13, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    "Wankhede Stadium suits fast bowlers." Hope WHITE will Wash MUMBAI today. The SUNRISING Day. GO SRH GOOOOOOOOO...... Rise up, Don't Give up. * Best team combination for today's match .... 1.Dhawan, 2.Parthiv(Wk), 3.White(C), 4.Akshat, 5.Sammy 6.Perera, 7.Ashish, 8.Karan Sharma, 9.Amit Mishra, 10.Steyn, 11.Ishant.

    ** Akshat is a stroke player& fielder, use him at no.4 for Vihari. ** Ashish in for Samantray for death batting. ** Pramote Karan in the case of early wickets fall, and to rotate Left and Right combination. He proved him as an All-rounder. ** Please Please don't drop any single catch.

  • Otuwa on May 13, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy-Saga's first class average is 49 and test average is 57.That means he is a better player in international level than SL club level.So your logic is useless.And did you see how well he played against Johnson at MCG in Boxing day test?I don't think he has problems against Johnson.Specally your Wankhede pitch.This isn't Waca.Be coool.

  • noushadpukayoor on May 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    wanna to see sachins great innings today,indians most beloved son should have to show a reccord innings for getting more nd morepopularity for ipl,sachin u can.....we all arepraying for u,best and best wishes

  • on May 13, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    MI gonna win today , they have a balanced team :)

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 13, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @IndianCoolGuy ; Whatever you say pal. In terms of batting , White hasn't done anything either. So whats the point ? Its always wise to go with a far experienced legend like Sanga. But you are missing the point here. I really don't care about this ipl. lol I just want our players to match practices as much as they can in the brink of CT. That's all. lol Our SL players always do 100 times better when they play for SL as an unit. Thats all it matters. right ?? lol C ya in the CT !! peace out !! :)

  • WasimQureshi on May 13, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Toss play a vital role in this match, more chances for team batted first, As you all know MI have Johnson Malinga and SRH have Styen Ishant Good Competition to see in todays match Hope to see My Home team Mumbai Indians Wins.......

  • on May 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Nobody has a guaranteed spot in play-offs yet. There might be a scenario with 5 teams ending at 20 points each. Except DD and PWI, all other teams still have a mathematical chance of getting in the play-offs. So this is a very interesting phase. If SRH wins today, it ends KKR and KXIP campaign. If MI wins, it allows the two teams to stay afloat. Besides this game is the first of a mini-triangular series within the league phase. While RCB is playing their own campaign and will not be affected by RR, MI and SRH, these 3 teams have a game each against each other. MI Vs SRH, RR Vs MI and RR Vs SRH. The one that loses this mini-triangular series might risk his place in the play-offs, the one that wins might book his place in the top 2. I'm gonna support SRH today, coz it will help my team RR get that much closer to the top 2 spot.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I believe Shikhar Dhawan's brief stint with Mumbai Indians should help the sunrisers a bit. Also a fast paced track means Steyn and co. are going to enjoy bowling here. Sunrisers do have quality leg spinners in their line up and hence they would enjoy the bounce presented on this fast pitch. In my opinion the manner in which Sharma, Sammy and Perera will bowl would determine the fate of the Sunrisers, more so because we can guarantee Steyn wont be too much of the mark on such a wicket. Also playing both White and Sangakkara would help but that would probably mean dropping one between Sammy and Perera which right now does not see viable. Its up to the fringe players like Vihari, Patel and others to stand up in the absence of Sanga. My line up for the match would be Patel, Dhawan, Vihari, White, Perera, Sammy, K Sharma, A Reddy, Mishra, Steyn, I Sharma.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    SRH is luking much better team dan xpected bt mumbai is good in wankhede so its difficult for SRH ..bt its all about good cricket .who will play good cricket should win...nd it wont be a high score game ..both sides have quality bowlers..love to see a good cricket win...nd stick wid same teams for both m.i. And SRH..

  • kitten on May 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    I think, Ankit Rawat, you got it slightly wrong......it is clearly stated as such, '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'. Check it again if you don't believe me.

    I feel MI and RCB will make it to the last four, but the next few games are going to be really interesting. SRH will not go down without a fight. May the best teams win.

  • aatif456 on May 13, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    They have already tried Kock,White and Sanga. Why don't they give chance to Chris Lyn ,he had a sensational Big Bash Season this year.or they can try Nathan Mccullum too he can be handy in all 3 department of the game.Can score quick runs,can bowl well and is a very fine fielder.

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Dimuthu Chathura Tharanga: 3 8 0 4 2 These numbers are not a Pin Code numbers, but these are the last 5 matches runs scored by Mr. Sanga. Would you believe this??? If you check the IPL 2013 stats- Most runs or Highest Strike Rates, or Highest Averages or even any of the batting record you can check. Sanga is not even in top 100 in any of the batting records. There are total 9 teams, each team has 11 players, so 9*11 = 99 players. Total 99 cricketers are playing and Sanga is not even the 100.. Lol. So you still want him to captain SRH? I doubt if you are a SRH fan. SRH did not hire him for just captaining. Sammy, or White can be a captain. Past records doesn't win even a single match. Present form matters.

  • hotcric01 on May 13, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Mumbai will win the match with ease.Wankhede will be full of runs.Sunrises have not a good batting line up to put up a big score or chase a big total.Especially against quality,inform bowlers likes of Malinga,Johnson and Harbhajan.But Steyn and co would be a challenge to Mumbai too.However both teams deserves to be in the Knockout stage.The team to out is RCB.Because they are unbalanced.There is a huge gap between batting and bowling in RCB.

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    come on SRH.............................

  • .GaMeOvEr. on May 13, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    leave both sangakara and white out and leave the captaincy to sammy. he is a T20 world cup winning team captain. i am sure he can handle it equally good. both sanga and white arent in form and bringing them into team just for sake of captaincy is a waste of slot. bring in Dekock . he may have had a bad series but if given another 2 matches he may find his touch . if he finds touch the SH opening line up would be explosive with him , parthiv and dhawan. Both sanga and white manage only 5-10 runs in 10-15balls Dekock can do it in 5 balls. Give him more chances .

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    MI should bring RICKY back now, keeping him in middle order, Brnging raydu or Karthik for opening.

    Raydu Master Karthik Rohit Ricky Pollard Harbhajan Mitchell Mallinga Ojha DS Kulkarni

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    @ Jeyan Parthasarathy: Sanga is not able to score even in local medicore bowlers, and how could he manage with Johnson and Malinga? You can say that Sanga knows Malinga, but what about the other bowlers? Malinga bowls only 4 overs right. More over Sanga is a test/ODI batsmen and would like to bat on Spin tracks like Hyd wickets, but Wankhede is a pace pitch.. So I dont think they choose Sanga in this match. If white gets fail here, then last 2 matches are in Hyd only, so then they can try with Sanga.. again to check the fate..

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @ Sai Abhishek... and mumbai batsman will do nothing when dayle and ishant bowling.. Mitchell & Malinga will gove easy ball to sanga (Who is on bench), dhawan.... Wake up man... wankhede is mumbai's fortress.....

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    "..Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are in all likelihood through while the bottom four are out. That leaves a middle cluster of four teams vying for the remaining three playoff spots...". Looks to me that it would be two playoff spots rather than three!

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    @siddharth bhushan well. its already mentioned by others as well siddarth.steyn is no lesserlethal than johnson. watch out for him as well. and if the pacers from mumbai can daunt srh same is going to be the mi batters get from srhbowlers.

    should be an interesting contest. and if srh wins here its a closed doors to other teams to sneak in to last four. CSK RR MIand SRH can be a possibility clear. But srh loses here its still open to 3 teams to make it to last four as fourth team.

  • on May 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    sanga is best captaincy hayrabad match wining sunrises.i like today math lead the sanga. sanga is 2011 world cup final lead the sri lanak team .white is not palying australia national team & australia a team .my disition is sanga is good captincy wining today math.malinga is best bowlar mumbai indian.sanga is watching malinga bowling redam .white is not for malinga bowling ridam.Johnson is scord sanga is international cricket.i like disition is today match lead sanga

  • on May 13, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma have to make good use of this pitch. While Dhawan, Parthiv and Sangakarra can utilize this pitch properly in a batting manner .Perera and other big hitters might as well do with a few sixes...

  • Sankar_Ravula on May 13, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Sunrisers Hyderabad are the best bowling line up in the 2013 IPL.. all the 8 matches they have so far are due to their exceptional bowling unit.. we have 2 quality quick bowlers (steyn, ishant sharma) 2 useful medium pacers ( Perera, Sammy) 2 quality leg spinners (amit misra, karan sharma)... great bowling unit... Go SRH go..

  • anurag4u10 on May 13, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    I really dont know how exactly do they calculate but other than DD and PWI each team has chances of making into playoffs and none of the team has assured secured berth in the play off as of 13.5.13 (10.00 am IST). A series of outcome may reesult into four teams (KKR, KXIP, RCB, SRH ) standing wwith 16 points in which case one of these teams will qualify along with MI, CSK and RR. Anither series of result may leave one out of RR/MI at 22 points and four teams CSK, SRH, RCB, RR/MI at 20 points leaving 4 teams fighting for the 2,3 and 4th place

  • on May 13, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Sanga can play a crucial role in this match. he is the only man to negotiate with Malinga & Johnson. so he must be included in the team. Remember in their earlier match against MI, Sanga showed some smartness with his bat.

  • Harinasi on May 13, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    The only way I can see the SRH give a good fight to Mumbai Indians is 1.Dhawan should take up the role of anchor, let him play till 20 overs. 2. Let the likes of Perera, Sammy come in when the ball gets old - around 10th over should do the trick, if Dhawan still there, if would be a mayhem to the Mumbai bowlers. 3. No doubt MJ and LM are in great form in their den, but I would expect Dale and Ishant not far behind, once they get the Master out in the first couple of overs, once that happens and if Rohit fails,MI would experience an insurmountable surge of pressure and it will be the SRH who would fly away with great colors...

  • deathstar01 on May 13, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I see it as a must win game for us, the SRH. But to do that our top order must shine if not to the highest level, they at least make a decent score like 70-75 for 3 wickets in the first 10 overs. We have Parera,Sammy who can build big score on a solid foundation. No need to say about our blowling attack which is undoubtedly the best this season. But to win Dhawan and White must make good indicidual scores. And white's captaincy is much better than Sanga. I doubt CSK would make a score of 200+ if White was the captain. -- A Bangladeshi SRH fan.

  • on May 13, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    everybody talked about the bowling of mumbai indians which i agree is lethal but SRH also have quality bowling attack. On their day they can restrict any batting line up with the likes of styne, ishant , sammy , parera , mishra and sharma the 2 leggies. jhonson being australian loves the condition of mumbai pitch but i dont think styne have anything to deslike it either.He would love to get into the head of the batsman with those pacy bouncers and the sharp inswinging deliveries causing LBW's or hitting the timber.

  • Anantjain11 on May 13, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    Seriously, if we are talking about pace/swing/bounce offered at Wankhede how could we forget MI will be against STEYN - I vaguely rem he does extraordinarily well against MI - Rem last year both the matches he was 4 overs 8 runs and some wickets. It won't be that east to bat against Steyn/Ishant and co. - they have perhaps the best bowling attack. Point - It won't be a walk over the park - and I seriously don't fear MI against bigger names (CSK, RCB, KKR) - they have history of underperforming against lesser names.

  • IndianCoolGuy on May 13, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    Baseball-Sucks:- If SRH has to win then Sanga should sit out because he cannot bat in this format.lol.. he is playing like a kid right..lol. Thank god, SRH has dropped him in the last match and a away home match. Thats great of White captaincy. Wankhede Stadium suits fast bowlers and it is a scoring picth. So this match should be led by White anyway. What do you say..

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 13, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    White really hasn't fired at all with the bat other than that super over and an odd start here an there he's going to have to bring it v M.I tomorrow if his team are going to prosper.

  • aletheia on May 13, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    SRH should play carefully in tackling the MI fast bowlers and not throw away the wickets. For a change, they should bring in Ravi Teja today and make him to bat at one down as he opens the batting for Hyderabad Ranji team. Don't underestimate the batting prowess of SRH, they have solid batsman like Dhawan,Parthiv,Perera,Sammy,White and the likes of Mishra,A Reddy, Karan,Steyn who can get some quick runs. Of course, bowling wise SRH has the best talent and MI might have difficulties today in chasing. All the best SRH.

  • on May 13, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    If the pitch ever assists swing bowling, it's gonna be steyn who will have the last laugh :)

  • on May 13, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Right now all that matters is how the batsmen perform as the remaining games vs MI & RR are what matter.The 2 highest scores have been 161 & 159 vs RCB & CSK of which they both lost. 7 of 13 matches have been scores 130 or below, so its a worry now that this team might not be able to score 160-180+. The bowling has done a great job but its asking too much of them to win the game with both ball & bat. Dhawan is the main backbone of the batting & white did well last year scoring 450 runs but he needs to stay at the crease longer & not look so awkward batting which to me looks like he doesnt have a bat long enough. Thisara has been good in both fields but needs to bat higher maybe even open to maximize power play? Parthiv has been good past 2 games, hope he continues. If vihari continues to bat that high someone please tell him to play better in 13 matches he only has 13 boundaries & 1 sixer scoring 174 off 192 balls! Need batsmen to perform also to win these games & makes semis/finals.

  • Deepak_Toronto on May 13, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Sunrisers should make few changes.Team should be: 1. DHAWAN- LHB 2. TEJA -RHB 3. PARTHIV -LHB 4. PERERA -LHB 5. WHITE -RHB 6. SAMMY -RHB 7. KARAN SHARMA-LHB 8. AMIT MISHRA - RHB 9. DALE STEYN-RHB 10.SUDIP TYAGI- Better Ave and SR than Ishant 11. Prashant -LHB with good strike rate and bowls with Left arm

    Ishant can be targeted by Sachin and Rohit/dinesh karthik. M Johnson is left arm bowler, so SRH need some LH batsman at top to counter malinga and Johnson.Perera can come at top to counter attack Malinga.

  • DMJR on May 13, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    sangas form is a huge problem. He is ideal for this pitch against johnson and malinga

  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    White seems to be a lucky captain for SH, let's hope his batting fires soon. Still, at least his strike rate is better than Sanga's 88.

  • on May 12, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    I want Hyderabad to win, this will make the table more interesting

  • beggars on May 12, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Glen Maxwell must play all the matches hereafter. He is destructive player in 20-20 and is capable of winning matches for Mumbai Indians if persisted with. Also what he brings is stability in the middle order and can also strike big.He is a top player and can surprise oppositions by giving them bottom blows!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 12, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @ Narabavi ; Yep, and MI will use Malinga to negate "The Perera Factor" very effectively. Malinga knows exactly where to bowl to Thisara n Thisara will have real hard time against Malinga.

  • manoji20 on May 12, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I think If MI batting 2nd will lose for suree....

  • Narabavi on May 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Sangakkara's poor form is the main worry for SRH at the moment I think.He & Dhawan are the only two capable batsmen in the lineup who can manage initial 4,5 overs from Jhonson & Malinga with ease.I don't think Sanga will return today.So Dhawan have to play sensibly with the assistance of Patel or White.It's unfair to expect magic from Perera every time.

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Problems now if pollards came who gonna out maxwell or smith...smith out then who open maxwell..? No he's not so fine fr that position...not work sure...so still stick with smith ...in the end m.i.win thats sure so srh u will hv to face a lose now..bye bye srh take care

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    srh bowling vs mi batting not otherwise

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    MI will surely win this match and move to the top of d table....

  • champions89 on May 12, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I hope Hyderabad will win.

  • champions89 on May 12, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I hope Hyderabad will win.

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    MI will surely win this match and move to the top of d table....

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    srh bowling vs mi batting not otherwise

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Problems now if pollards came who gonna out maxwell or smith...smith out then who open maxwell..? No he's not so fine fr that position...not work sure...so still stick with smith ...in the end m.i.win thats sure so srh u will hv to face a lose now..bye bye srh take care

  • Narabavi on May 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Sangakkara's poor form is the main worry for SRH at the moment I think.He & Dhawan are the only two capable batsmen in the lineup who can manage initial 4,5 overs from Jhonson & Malinga with ease.I don't think Sanga will return today.So Dhawan have to play sensibly with the assistance of Patel or White.It's unfair to expect magic from Perera every time.

  • manoji20 on May 12, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    I think If MI batting 2nd will lose for suree....

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 12, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    @ Narabavi ; Yep, and MI will use Malinga to negate "The Perera Factor" very effectively. Malinga knows exactly where to bowl to Thisara n Thisara will have real hard time against Malinga.

  • beggars on May 12, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Glen Maxwell must play all the matches hereafter. He is destructive player in 20-20 and is capable of winning matches for Mumbai Indians if persisted with. Also what he brings is stability in the middle order and can also strike big.He is a top player and can surprise oppositions by giving them bottom blows!!

  • on May 12, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    I want Hyderabad to win, this will make the table more interesting

  • SurlyCynic on May 12, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    White seems to be a lucky captain for SH, let's hope his batting fires soon. Still, at least his strike rate is better than Sanga's 88.