Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) today at the Feroz Shah Kotla (Arun Jaitley Stadium) in Delhi in the 31st match of VIVO IPL 2021 which will be both sides’ eighth match of the season. With SRH in desperate need for a win while MI are rejuvenated after two consecutive wins, this match could turn out to be a cracker of a contest.
IPL 2021: SRH vs MI – Match Preview
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been woefully inconsistent this season and they find themselves in a huge spot of bother at the moment as they have won just one match out of their first seven. Unless a huge turnaround occurs, the side’s chances of making it to the playoffs look all but over.
In their previous match against Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Orange Army came up against a marauding Jos Buttler who struck a century to take his side to a huge score. SRH were not able to keep up with the asking rate in the second innings as they fell meekly in the end.
SRH can ill afford to lose today and if they do, it might already be curtains on their campaign.
Mumbai Indians are in a good place at the moment as they find themselves on the fourth spot, having lost just three matches in the tournament so far. On a two-match winning streak, MI would want the streak to go on and against lowly SRH, it would be the perfect opportunity for the same.
In the previous match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MI rode on a brutal knock from Kieron Pollard to chase down a huge total of 219. The last-ball thriller was one of the matches of the season and the chase is bound to give much-needed confidence to the defending champions.
A win today would get MI equal on points with RCB and CSK and hence, they would be keen to come up trumps.
IPL 2021 Match 31 – SRH vs MI: Match Details
- Match: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
- Date and Time: 4th May, 7:30 pm IST
- Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
- Live Streaming Details: The match between SRH and MI will be streamed live on the Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
The weather in Delhi is expected to be very hot. Temperatures could hover around the upper end of 30s in the Celsius scale. There are no chances of rain.
The pitches at the Narendra Modi Stadium have been excellent for batting. With huge scores in excess of 200 being scored, batsmen will enjoy the surface. Spinners could get some purchase. Sides winning the toss will look to chase.
Predicted Playing XI
Both teams might go with the same 11 for today’s match.
- Jonny Bairstow
- Manish Pandey
- Kane Williamson
- Kedar Jadhav
- Vijay Shankar
- Mohammad Nabi
- Abdul Samad
- Rashid Khan
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Sandeep Sharma
- Khaleel Ahmed
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton de Kock
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Krunal Pandya
- Kieron Pollard
- Hardik Pandya
- Jimmy Neesham
- Dhawal Kulkarni
- Rahul Chahar
- Trent Boult
- Jasprit Bumrah
IPL 2021: SRH vs MI – Head-to-head and Match Prediction
Head to head (last five matches)
- MI won by 13 runs
- SRH won by 10 wickets
- MI won by 34 runs
- MI won the Super Over
- MI won by 40 runs
Sunrisers Hyderabad are in a real spot of bother at the moment. They haven’t figured out their best combination yet and have been struggling with controversies like the change in their captain. As for Mumbai Indians, they would be keen to keep their winning run going and on paper, they look much stronger. The Rohit Sharma-led side would thus be favourites.