Former West Indian batsman Brian Lara has weighed in on the favourites between SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in Sharjah in the final league match of IPL 2020. SunRisers Hyderabad need nothing less than a victory to reach the playoffs while Mumbai Indians are comfortably placed at the top of the table. Brian Lara thinks the Orange Army hold a slight edge and underlined why.
SunRisers Hyderabad have probably played their best games in their last two matches, beating Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore comfortably. David Warner and his men have been ruthless in their approach and it is their bowling department, which remains their strongest suit. While Mumbai Indians will take confidence as they beat Hyderabad the last time they met, the opposition will provide a much tougher challenge now.
Brian Lara remains confident that SunRisers Hyderabad would be up for the challenge, having found themselves in the position from their recent form.
“Yeah, definitely. SRH found themselves in this situation and that’s from good playing in their recent games. So, I expect them to actually be up for the challenge,” Brian Lara told in the Star Sports’ show.
Brian Lara thinks Mumbai Indians might get complacent:
The Prince of Trinidad feels that Mumbai Indians might be easing up by resting a few players, proving an upper hand for the SunRisers Hyderabad. Lara wants David Warner and co. to respond positively to the quarter-final to make it to the playoffs and backs them to do so.
“Mumbai Indians may be easing off, resting a few players which will favour SRH, but I think they have got to be ready for the quarter-final and the rest of the tournament. If they win, they are in and I think they have got what it takes to do so,” he added.