May Day or International Day does not have any holiday for IPL workers. Instead there are two matches, one in Hyderabad and other one in Raipur. While Sunrisers Hyderabad host rampant Mumbai Indians, who have demolished all at their home, Daredevils in their new home host defending champion Kolkata Knight Riders, who are just two defeats away from being knocked out. While wins and losses would impact individual standings but for their comparative positions to change in Points Table each of them need to register huge victories today, which has been rare in IPL 2013.
Both have played 9 matches and Sunrisers having lost a match more is placed at 5th position just below MI. While MI is aiming fourth consecutive knock out entry, Sunrisers have surprised all with 5 wins. Interestingly like MI they have also won all the three matches played at home so far. In Away matches, Sunrisers have managed to win 2 among the 6 played so far. while Mumbai Indians have an edge winning 3 and losing 3.
MI Fixture and Results in 2013
SH Fixture and Results in 2013
MI Batting vs SH Bowling
Overall MI has the best batting unit that is performing as a team, while Sunrisers have the best bowling unit, specially with exceptional performance at home. The winning unit takes their side home. Steyn, Ishant, Perera, Amit Mishra and Karan Sharma form a threatening bowling unit now. The Mumbai middle order has got in Dwayn Smith the boost it needed from the openers. Pollard made his name in T20 World on Hyderabad ground long back, today he may need to bat again as wickets can tumble.
MI Player Performance in 2013
SH Player Performance in 2013
In the contest between MI batting and SH bowling the MI bowlers and SH batsmen would need to play the support role. The team with better support system. MI bowlers can extract help from the pace-friendly Hyderabad pitch. The key could be the batting of Sunrisers. How Shikhar Dhawan can give them a start on which Perera, Hanuma Vihari, Sammy and Ashish Reddy can build a winning total. That is their biggest flaw. But they have been winning and that is what all matters. In today’s match their batsmen may or may not succeed. Yet their bowlers would see them through smiling towards the end.