Mumbai and Hyderabad will lock horns at the Wankhede Stadium on May 17. The 2016 winners are coming off a five-match losing streak and have a very minuscule chance of qualifying for the playoffs. On the other hand, the five-time winners are already eliminated from the playoffs race. The Rohit Sharma-led side is coming off a close win against Chennai last week.
Mumbai:Â The team is looking to salvage some pride after becoming the first to be crashed out of the tournament by losing the first eight games. They have managed to win three out of their last four games. In this process, they found youngsters for the future in the form of Narayan Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, etc. Tilak Varma has been outstanding since the start of the season.
Tilak Varma:Â The uncapped India player has been carrying the struggling batting line-up this season. He has scored the bulk of the runs for the team. Varma is the highest run scorer of the tournament for Mumbai with 368 runs in 12 games.
Daniel Sams:Â The left-arm pacer has come good after failing in the initial phase. He was subjected to criticisms but now has found a way to perform well in the cash-rich league. He has taken 11 wickets in 9 games and is the leading wickettaker for the team.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Tilak Varma, Ramandeep Singh, Tristan Stubbs/Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Kumar Kartikeya
Hyderabad:Â The team is coming off a heavy loss against Bangalore which has badly impacted their Net Run Rate (NRR). They have the NRR of (-0.270) and their chances of moving to the playoffs look grim. The Orange Army need to win their remaining two games by a huge margins and need a few teams to lose their games. Talking about their batting and bowling, performances of both departments have gone down. Bowling, which used to restrict oppositions onÂ low totals, have been plundered in the last few games. On batting front, the likes of Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran need to return to their earlier form. Skipper Kane Williamson poor run with the bat is also a matter of concern. They can make one change going into the game. They can include Abdul Samad in place of Shashank Singh
Rahul Tripathi:Â The right-hander has won a few games with the bat for Hyderabad. His experience at the top of the order will be very handy for the Orange Army in this crunch game.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar:Â The experienced medium pacer hasn’t picked too many wicket in the season but has been economical. He is the most experienced bowler in the team. He has the ability to do wonders with the ball and will be keen to do well in the coming game.
Probable XI:Â Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Marco Jansen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report:Â The last game at the venue between Chennai and Gujarat saw a low scoring game due to dry wicket. The conditions are unlikely to change as the surfaces look exhausted. Batters need to get use to the pace of the wicket before playing their shots.