The Indian Premier League 2015 gets to its final day of the league stage with the Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on the Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad this Sunday. Get all the Hyderabad v Mumbai betting tips below.
Mumbai won by nine wickets
Parthiv Patel top-scored for Mumbai Indians
KL Rahul top-scored for Hyderabad
Story so far:
Here we are then, in the closest ever IPL over eight seasons. And at the fag end of the competition, there are two teams, Hyderabad and Mumbai, who are still not sure whether they will be playing in the playoffs or packing their bags and going back home.
The good news for both Hyderabad and Mumbai is that the winner will go through to the playoffs and the losing team will fly back home. No looking at other teams’ results, no looking at net run-rates, nothing. Winner takes it all, or at least takes the final playoffs spot.
Hyderabad are coming off a gut-wrenching defeat, one to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. It was a rain-affected one but when they had gotten themselves 3-135 in their 11 overs and Bangalore were left to score 81 from six, Hyderabad would have considered themselves favourite.
Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli had other ideas, and a brain-fade from David Warner ended badly for the Sunrisers. Bangalore captain Kohli called it the most important two points of the last three seasons, which also points to how badly the defeat would have hurt Hyderabad.
On the other hand, Mumbai won their previous game against Kolkata, when it could have gone against them. Hardik Pandya’s smashing 31-ball 61 took them to 171 while Kolkata needed 12 from the final over with an in-form Yusuf Pathan still at the crease.
Kieron Pollard’s excellent final over ensured the Mumbai Indians would win it by five and remain in with a chance.
The big news for Mumbai is that Alex Hales, fresh from his six sixes from six balls in the NatWest T20 Blast game between Nottinghamshire and Warwickshire, could be available for this game. Will they opt to bring him in?
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Sunrisers Hyderabad):
Apart from a poor previous game in which he went for a few, Bhuvneshwar has been the difference between wins and defeats for the Sunrisers. His bowling during the death overs has been tough to get away and against a team which relies heavily on scoring runs in the final five overs of their innings, he could be a handful.
Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians):
Rohit’s form has tapered off a little at this stage but he still has 406 runs in the tournament, at a strike-rate almost touching 140. Given he needs to lead his team as a captain of the side, he would do well to get going with the bat. Can he convert his start into something meaningful?
Hyderabad v Mumbai head to head:
Just the five games between these two sides and Mumbai lead the head to head 3-2. The last time they played, earlier this season, Mumbai had scored 157 from their 20 overs thanks to a Lendl Simmons fifty and Lasith Malinga’s four-wicket haul won them the game.
Hyderabad v Mumbai betting tips:
Mumbai to win: 4/5
David Warner to top-score for Hyderabad: 9/4
Rohit Sharma to top-score for Mumbai: 7/2
Match starts at 8 pm local time (1430 hours GMT) on May 17.