In the ninth game of the IPL 2021, the five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will face SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai) this Saturday (17th April) night.
It will be the third match for both these teams in this IPL 2021. After closely losing the first game of this season, the last two-time IPL winners Mumbai Indians magically claimed their first victory of this IPL 14 in their last game.
In the meantime, SRH have lost closely in their first two matches of this tournament.
IPL 2021, Match 9: Mumbai Indians vs SunRisers Hyderabad (MI vs SRH) – Match Preview
Mumbai Indians (MI)
The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) suffered a defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first match of the IPL 2021 where RCB won by two wickets in a last-ball thriller. But in their next game, Mumbai Indians claimed a stunning 10-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
In the tough batting pitch at Chennai, Mumbai Indians batsmen majorly struggled. Despite struggling in the first game of this season, Australian cricketer Chris Lynn scored 49 runs who missed out on the next game due to the availability of South African cricketer Quinton de Kock.
Suryakumar Yadav scored 31 and 56 runs respectively in this IPL 2021 while captain Rohit Sharma scored 43 runs in the second game of this IPL season after getting run-out for 19 runs in their season opener. All other batsmen have struggled in this early period of the IPL season while the middle-order batting completely failed to perform.
The bowlers have maintained discipline in the early period of this IPL 2021. While the Mumbai Indians bowlers almost created the magic in the first game of this season, they were successful in the second match. While the young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (4/27) won the Player of the Match award for his incredible bowling performance in the second game Krunal Pandya also bowled in incredible control (4-0-13-1).
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Amolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Singh, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
At the beginning of the IPL 2021, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) suffered two close defeats as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) beat them by 10 runs and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) claimed a 6-run win. In both those matches, their middle-order batting failures were the crucial reasons for their defeat while they had stronger positions in both those matches.
Australian cricketer and SRH skipper David Warner scored 54 runs in their second match of this season while England cricketer Jonny Bairstow scored 55 runs in their first game. After scoring 61 not out in their first match of this season, Manish Pandey scored 38 runs in their next game. But they mostly haven’t get support from the middle-order batsmen that affected their results in those matches.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is bowling really well as he has taken four wickets in this IPL 2021 by picking up two wickets each in both matches. Caribbean cricketer Jason Holder has started this IPL season in a strong way as he got three wickets (3/30) in their last game. The other SRH bowlers are also trying to maintain discipline with the ball.
David Warner (C), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul, Basil Thampi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Jagadeesha Suchith.
IPL 2021, Match 9: Mumbai Indians vs SunRisers Hyderabad (MI vs SRH) – Match Prediction
Both teams are really struggling in their beginning period of the IPL 2021. While their head-to-head records are also really equal (8-8, including Mumbai Indians’ one Super Over win), there is no strong favourite for the upcoming match.