Match 56 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is the final group stage match of this year’s IPL, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lock horns with the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in a do or die situation on Tuesday, 3rd November. A win in Sharjah will take SRH through to yet another playoff appearance, while for MI, the result won’t change their table-topping position. A Trent Boult masterclass in the reverse fixture saw MI take home the victory against SRH by 34 runs. However, the odds of an SRH win on Tuesday are pretty high since their opponents are already
assured of the top spot in the IPL points table, which means that the leaders can afford to rest a couple of players such as their talismanic bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, who have been outstanding in this year’s IPL. On the contrary, we cannot rule out the possibility that momentum could play a part heading into the knockouts, which might lure MI into fielding a stronger than expected side on Tuesday.
A stern test waits for SRH on Tuesday, no matter the outcome, they should be very proud of the way things have panned out for them in IPL 2020, considering their injury issues involving Vijay Shankar, Mitchell Marsh, and spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
SRH VS MI Predicted Playing 11
Sunrisers Hyderabad
David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abhishek Sharma,
Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, and T Natarajan
Mumbai Indians
Ishan Kishan (WK), Quinton de Kock/Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard
(C) Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell McClenaghan and
Dhawal Kulkarni
Pitch Report
The pitch at Sharjah once used to be a batsman’s paradise given the dimensions of the ground but it
hasn’t been too batting-friendly of late. 160-170 will be a decent total at this venue, wickets in hand
will be key for both sides. The pacers should get the ball to move around early on and while the
spinners have also managed to do well at this venue recently, they could be undone by dew in the
second inning. Therefore, choosing to bowl first should be a favorable option.
Fantasy Suggestion #1
Wicket Keepers: Ishan Kishan, Wriddhiman Saha
Batsmen: David Warner (C), Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn
Al Rounders: Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder.
Bowlers: Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rashid Khan.