By winning the previous matches, both the sides MI and SRH, step in this match with more positives. With the tournament getting ignited by the batters, the smallest venue of this edition, Sharjah has once again got ready to showcase this edition’s high scoring match. But, this time it’s going to be the best vs the best.
With four matches played by both these teams, they have just felt the heat of the points table. So the results of every match of now would be a bigger thing as they will decide the fate of the teams in this season.
Without much ado, let’s get into predictions for the Match No.15 of IPL 2020: MI vs SRH.
Prediction on the top run-scorer.
Rohit Sharma, the skipper himself, seems to be in great touch in this tournament. So far, two fifties in four games he played in this edition. When it comes to taking on responsibility, Rohit Sharma is an exponent of it. At this crucial stage of the tournament, Rohit will be the best choice to pick for making a massive advantage of the venue that is popularly known for its small dimensions. Apart from that factor, the SRH bowling style will also favor MI skills, which comes first for MI. As Bhuvaneshwar Kumar seems to have fitness issues, the new ball bowling looks less competitive for the ace Indian vice-captain. The only thing that might trouble Rohit might be the middle overs, where Rashid Khan will roll his wrists. If Rohit plays him carefully, Rohit can be unstoppable at the death overs with Sharjah’s boundaries are very small.
Again the threatening Hardik Pandya would be a man to watch-out, especially in these conditions. He is fit and has got the combination of timing and power. With the last match cameo managing an unbeaten 30 runs for his side, Hardik would also be a top pick for MI’s clash against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Prediction on top wicket-taker
The chances of MI spinners aren’t so great in this small ground. Even the mishit shots of the batters will take the ball over the ropes of Sharjah ground. Speed can be a big mantra on this condition. This makes the lethal speedster of the Indian team even more favorite. Jasprit Bumrah’s release makes him more special for the Mumbai side. ‘Hitting the deck so hard’ is what we can see from the man- Jasprit Bumrah. He has got all the variations to outwin the opponent batters. Bumrah, with his high arm release and the use of wide crease, has been a natural manufacturer of inswingers. Consequently, the MI seamer went on to become a deadly customer for the right-handed batters with his inswingers targeting the stumps at the speed clicking above 140 kmph. Since used well by Mumbai’s skipper, he is the best option for picking the most number of wickets in this clash against SRH.
Rashid Khan’s restricting bowling method makes him more productive. The dimensions of the ground don’t matter when this Afghan spinner does the trick with his wrist. Having five different variations, Rashid is now back with his mystery of picking wickets. His last two matches would have shown the hint of what kind of form he is in now.
Prediction on Who will win the match?
Mumbai Indians, with their star-studded lineup, stands tall in this high-octane entertainment providing match in Sharjah. The coaching brains of Mumbai Indians would have planned for this particular match. The blue team is filled with match-winners, which is another plus for Mumbai above the orange team.
Batting wise, you cannot restrict the batters of Mumbai. Their top order is filled with classy batters while the middle order batters are completely brutal at hitting. Most importantly, the middle order batters who most probably plays the penultimate overs are turbocharged currently. The way they ended up the last two matches showed us what magic the batters could do if they settle in UAE grounds.
Coming to the bowling department, with James Pattinson, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah, this team is filled with match winners. They can do wonders if they get on a roll.
In terms of SRH batting, the top order till the number four is experienced, anyone batter among the four gets settled on their day, they can guide their troops home.
SRH has got good names in bowling because of the success of Rashid Khan. He has become the identity for SRH now. T Natarajan has become a precious gem for SRH to bring in top-class deliveries in the middle and death overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar being affected by some issues, his presence in this match is a doubt.
On comparing the strengths of both the teams, Mumbai looks so strong for the Hyderabad team. Which, in turn, obviously makes MI the favorites of this match.
Prediction on the most six-hitting batter:
Kieron Pollard can slog the ball effortlessly if the ball pitches within his arc. The Mumbai based team is now bolstered with the current form of this West Indian. Be it spinners or lethal pace speedsters; this hulky batter has got the dangerous bat swing that can send the ball over the roofs. As the ground is so small for Pollard, this match will be eye catching when this West Indian bats in the last overs.
With his pure hard hitting nature, Hardik Pandya is the toughest batter to bowl to, especially in this little ground. He can whack it at the last minute. No matter how good a spinner, this Indian all-rounder knows how to take the lead over them. With the fast bowlers, the ball travels even more further.
Prediction on Man of the match
Rohit Sharma will take up the responsibility of the conditions that will be so favorable for batting. He needs to find the sweet spot during the initial stage of his innings, and the latter part of his innings will be taken care of by his pure timing of the ball. Being the skipper, he has already stood in front of his side, so that we can expect the same with even more contribution. Nothing gets more significant than Rohit playing a gritty knock on a Sunday.
To sum up
On the whole, the Mumbai based team is more robust than SRH in all three departments. The adaptability element of Mumbai puts even more advantages for Rohit’s side. Therefore, this match is going to favor the men in blue.