Mumbai Indians (MI) will be locking horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 65th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, MI is coming off a comfortable victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their previous game despite a hiccup while chasing at the start.
With just three wins in 12 games, Mumbai Indians haven’t had much to be delighted about, and they will be looking to sign off the season with a win. On the other hand, Sunrisers Hyderabad has gone into a shell after starting so well and has lost all their last five matches on the trot.
The Kane Williamson-led side has a negative run rate as well and hence, they will need to win their remaining couple of matches by a big margin and hope for the other results to go their way as well. In the 18 meetings between the two sides in IPL so far, MI is leading the charts 10-8 against SRH in the head-to-head battles. In the last 5 meetings, however, it’s 4-1 also in favor of MI.
Here are the player battles to watch out for tonight.
#1 Rohit Sharma vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Rohit Sharma is witnessing a horrible outing in the IPL 2022 as he has scored just 218 runs in 12 games at an average of 18.17 and will hope to strike form as they looking to end SRH’s hopes to make the playoffs. Up against him will be an impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who can bother Rohit quite a bit considering his struggles against him in the past. The veteran quick has been good this season, bagging 11 wickets from 12 matches.
#2 Kieron Pollard vs Umran Malik
Kieron Pollard has also been witnessing a rough time in IPL 2022, and hoping not to extend his lean patch against the fiery pacer, Umran Malik. The big-hitting West Indian’s numbers against pace are woeful – as he has been dismissed 5 times at an average of just 6.80. Malik has had a good IPL stint, picking up 18 wickets from eight matches. He will look to get the better of Pollard by capitalizing on the all-rounder’s struggles in recent times.
#3 Jasprit Bumrah vs Nicholas Pooran
Jasprit Bumrah made a strong comeback with a fifer against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). However, his devastating spell of 5/10 wasn’t enough for MI to win the game. Nicholas Pooran, meanwhile, has repeated his pattern of finding form in the second half of the edition with scores of 2,19, 62, and 64* in his last four matches. The SRH wicket-keeper’s ability to dig out yorkers and play shots while also combating sheer pace with succulent drives makes his contest with Bumrah a spicy one.