Match – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians – 55th match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been a decent one for batting in the IPL 2021. But in the previous game, batting was a tad difficult and the bowlers extracted a lot from the surface. Going by the result of their previous game, the Sunrisers may not mind batting first.
Avg first innings score: 148 (7 matches in the IPL 2021 at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 2, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik
Bench: Mohammad Nabi, Kedar Jadhav, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, David Warner, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Sandeep Sharma
Rohit Sharma has been pretty decent with the bat in hand for his team in this IPL. The right-hander is the leading run-scorer for MI this season, having notched 363 runs at an average of 30.25 and a strike rate of 16.92. Even in the previous game against the Royals, the Nagpur-born went after his strokes. The skipper will look to play another knock of substance on Friday.
Probable best bowler of the match
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah has been the standout bowler for MI without a shred of a doubt. In 13 matches, the Ahmedabad-born fast bowler has picked up 19 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.27. In the previous game against the Royals, the speedster picked up two wickets, including that of the dangerous Evin Lewis, who has batted beautifully for his team.