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Indian T20 League 2020 Preview: A Do-or-Die SRH vs MI Match

It’s been a fascinating league stage of the 2020 Indian T20 League but after 55 games in the competition, we now know the three teams which will compete against one another to find a place in the final of the tournament. SRH vs MI will be the 56th and the final match of the league stage. The equation is pretty straightforward, if Hyderabad manages to win against Mumbai then they make it to the playoffs as the third-best team in the league and if they lose then Kolkata manages to qualify for the playoffs at the fourth spot.

Mumbai and Delhi have sealed their place at the top two spots respectively and Mumbai can afford to rest its key players for the first qualifier scheduled for Thursday. Mumbai have been the standout team of the competition and deserves that first spot in the league table. Hyderabad have had a hot and cold sort of a series so far but the best part for them is that they have the situation in control and if they win they book a seat for the knockout stage. Here we take a look at what SRH vs MI will deliver.

 

KEY BATTLES

Sandeep Sharma vs Ishan Kishan

Sandeep Sharma has found form after struggling at the start of the competition. In the last three matches, Sandeep Sharma has picked up six wickets after picking up just four wickets in the first seven. His upturn in form means Sandeep like in the past has excelled in Powerplays. He has taken 7 out of his 10 wickets in Powerplay, fourth best behind Boult, Archer and Cummins. His economy of 6.16 in that phase is the best by any bowler.

He will go up against two devastating openers and his team needs him to pick up the early wickets.

After toiling hard for four years, it seems Ishan Kishan has finally arrived with his dominating performances in the Indian T20 League. He has scored 395 runs from 11 matches at the average of 49.37 with the SR of 143.63, including three fifties. Kishan has also hit 24 sixes in the competition and is third on the list for most sixes. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Kishan has seamlessly taken up the openers spot and done exceptionally well.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

David Warner

When it matters the most, David Warner more often than not stands out. He’ll be relishing the fact that the situation is in their hands and a win will take them to the next stage in the tournament. Warner has scored 160 runs in the last five matches at an average of 40 and is in fine form in the business end of the tournament.

If he gets past the initial burst of Bumrah and Boult then expect big runs from the pocket-sized dynamo.

 

Jasprit Bumrah

2020 has been the best season for Jasprit Bumrah so far in his career. He has scalped 23 wickets at an average of 15.73 and with a strike rate of 13.56. This is the first time where his bowling average is below 20 and strike rate is below 17. He is second on the purple cap list and will look to take that home at the end of the season. He’ll need to pick up the key wicket of David Warner to dent Hyderabad’s chance of winning this match.

 

PREDICTED LINE-UPS

SRH: David Warner (C), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

MI: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

 

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