Till the last week of April, there were no clouds over SRH's qualification chances for the playoffs as they had won 5 consecutive games and were looking a lethal all round unit. Things have gone only south for the Orange army since that game against GT where they couldn't defend 21 in the last over and lost 5 back to back games against CSK, DC, RCB & KKR. To make matters worse they were marred by injuries. Sundar suffered a split webbing on his hand, T Natarajan who was SRH's highest wkt taker this season with 17 wkts did not feature 2 games. Marco Jansen & Suchith also had to miss the game against DC. SRH conceded 190 in 4 consecutive games meanwhile during this phase. Perhaps, the biggest letdown of the season is Kane Williamson. He has played over 80 dot balls in the Powerplay and has s SR of 73. According to cricviz analyst, his impact is - 85. Tripathi at top and Kane at 5 could just be the ideal swap in reamining 2 games and help SRH salvage some pride by ending their season on a good note. At this stage, they have a chance of qualifying ( mathematically) but also could end up at the bottom of the table.
One can say in hindsight this situation had not arised if MI weren't late in figuring out their best 11. Too many changes were made in the bowling department and Tim David was benched after a couple of failures. In view of the future, it looks a strong side with Brevis, Varma, Tim David and Stubbs who'll probabaly be the core of middle order and with the addition of Jofra, bowling department is only going to get strengthened. MI's position in points table should also be attributed to Rohit & Ishan's form. This was the season where MI needed their most seniormost batters Rohit & Pollard to step up.
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Daniel Sams, M Ashwin/Hrithik Shokeen, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah
Kane Williamson (c), Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Shashank Singh, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
-Average 1st innings total: 167.1
-Average 1st innings total in 2022: 166.2
-Average 1st Innings winning score: 181.6
-Highest total: 235/1, made by Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians.
-Lowest Score:–67/10, made by Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
-Teams batting 1st: Have won 47 out of 98 times
-Teams batting 2nd: Have won 51 out of 98 times
Record at Wankhede
MI: Played - 67, Won -40, Lost -27
SRH: Played - 9, Won 1, Lost 8
Head to Head
Overall: MI leads by 10 - 3
Batting 1st: MI leads by 6 - 3
Batting 2nd: SRH leads by 5 - 4
Last 5 matches: MI leads by 4 - 1
(last 5 innings)
Rohit v Bhuvi: 50/1 at 125 sr
Rohit v Sundar: 17/2 at 89 sr
Ishan v Umran: 22/1 at 244 sr
Ishan v Sundar: 26/0 at 87 sr
Tripathi v Bumrah: 28/1 at 164 sr
Pooran v Bumrah: 7/2
Key players & Fanatsy Picks
Aiden Markram: In the past one year, Markram has scored 570 runs for SA at a SR of 148. He had a very good outing in t20 wc and was featured in ICC's team of the tournament. Markram is also a useful part time off spinner and does the job well in Powerplay. He was the top scorer for SRH in the 1st game and scored a 50, registered his 2nd one in the game against KKR. and remained not out on 41 against PBKS and again scored a 50 v GT & SRH. He is the only middle order batter to have 5 scores of 40+
Rahul Tripathi: He has the 2nd best SR in this season ( min 300 runs). And the 5th best SR for a middle order batter since last season.
Tilak Verma: The U 19 star came into limelight after samshinh 215 runs in SMAT at a SR of 147. He has shattered many records in his debut season like youngest to score a 50 for MI, most runs in a season for a teenager, 7 30+ scores.
(Fanatsy rating - 8/8.5 points)
Jasprit Bumrah: : A rare off season where he took just 5 wkts before the last game but made a loud statement by taking the 2nd best figures by an Indian bowler in the IPL. His eco hasn't been that bad as the wkts column suggests and with his new found rythm he could run through SRH's line up.
Daniel Sams: After a horror outing against KKR where he was smashed for 34 runs in an over, Sams has made a big impact in last 3-4 games with the ball in Powerplay.
Prediction: Winners - MI