Hyderabad, Apr 5: After beating defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their last match, Mumbai Indians will be high on confidence and look to carry their winning momentum forward in the next match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians had a roller-coaster ride with ups an downs in the ongoing IPL season. They started the season on a poor note at home against DC but the win against RCB encouraged their souls. Finally, the victory against Chennai Super Kings gave them a massive confidence.
On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led Sunrisers Hyderabad are on winning spree in this year's IPL. After losing the first game against Kolkata Knight Riders, they won three games on a trot and are currently sitting on top of the points table.
So far, SRH have been looked as the most balanced team in the competition, while MI has shown that they could beat any team.
In terms of batting, the pair of Warner and Bairstow have been in scintillating form this year for SRH and had century-plus opening stands in their first three games.
Jonny Bairstow continued from where he left against RCB by scoring a match-winning 48 runs from 28 balls on Delhi's slow pitch.
While the Orange Cap holder David Warner managed to score only 10 runs in the last match. Vijay Shankar also has been in great touch for SRH.
Definitely, it will be a tough task for MI bowlers to stop the fire-works from SRH batsmen. However, MI bowling too has shown sparks and Jason Behrendorff showed what he is capable of when he derailed the CSK batting right at the top in the last match.
But, MI will definitely miss the services of Lasith Malinga as he has gone back to play domestic cricket in an effort to be eligible for selection for the World Cup squad.
Although Mumbai have a deep batting line-up, they are yet to play to their full potential. Against CSK, Suryakumar, Krunal and Hardik played crucial innings and enabled the team to reach 170 and then managed to contain them to 133 for eight.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya's return to form in the last match was a great news for Mumbai Indians as they will look at him to not only finish the innings on a high, but also pick crucial wickets in the middle of the innings.
When it comes to the bowling, SRH have one of the best attacks in the tournament. Stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning to form against Delhi Capitals was a welcome thing, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have already shown what they are capable of on Indian tracks which have all taken turn.
It will definitely be a battle of equals on Saturday as SRH and MI both look to bag two points from the game.
However, MI badly need these two points as they are placed at sixth position in the points table with two wins and two losses in four matches.
Both, the teams have played against each other 12 times in the IPL, with SRH narrowly edging the scoreline at 7-5. (UNI)