SRH vs MI: Match preview, head-to-head records and pitch report
The intensity of IPL 2019 is growing with each passing day. The match number 19 would witness two former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians locking horns at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday. While SRH sit at the top of the table, MI would look to rise above and enter the top-four tonight. Here we present the preview.
Hyderabad dominate Delhi, Mumbai outsmart Chennai
Talking about their recent performance, SRH continued their dominant run when they beat Delhi Capitals by five wickets in Delhi. Jonny Bairstow was adjourned the Man of the Match for his knock of 48. As for MI, they outsmarted defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs. Hardik Pandya was the star of the show with both bat and ball.
Bairstow, Pandya among players to watch out for
SRH's Bairstow is enjoying the form of his life in IPL 12. Having made headlines with a splendid knock of 114 against RCB, he would look to dominate MI's bowlers. Pandya would aim to do the same, given his all-round skills. Meanwhile, Mohammad Nabi and Suryakumar Yadav did a good job in the last game, drawing attention.
Hyderabad hold a slender edge over Mumbai
Considering the head-to-head stats between the sides, in 12 IPL matches to date, SRH have won seven, while MI have won the remaining five. Out of the seven wins by SRH, one win came in UAE. In Hyderabad, six matches have been played to date, with SRH winning four, while MI have won just the remaining two. An intense battle is on the cards.
A run feast awaits in Hyderabad!
Two matches have been played this season in Hyderabad so far and both were high scoring affair. In the match against RCB, we saw two tons being slammed by SRH batsmen. It shows that the track is flat and would assist batsmen. A run feast awaits the fans on Saturday, and given that both the teams have firepower, it can go either way.
Here's the predicted Playing XI
SRH: Jonny Bairstow, David Warner, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul. MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff.
When, where and how to watch
Match: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Mumbai Indians (MI). Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. Time: 8 PM (IST). Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, 2, Select 1 and other regional channels of Star Sports. Where to watch (Online): Hotstar.