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IPL 2019 SRH vs MI match 51 preview: Watch live, team news, betting odds and possible XI

A win for either side could ease their qualification process for the playoffs

With their batting mainstay, Australian David Warner, no longer available, Sunrisers Hyderabad face a formidable task when they square off against Mumbai Indians in match 51 of IPL 2019 at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on May 2.

The match is important for both sides as a victory will bolster their play-off chances while a defeat would bring them one step closer to the exit door.

Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have already sealed their play-off spots, while the other two slots are yet to be decided.

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Currently, MI are on third position with 14 points from 12 games, while the SRH are in the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches.

If MI win the match against SRH, they qualify for the play-offs while a victory for SRH will take them level on 14 points with the home side and both will have to wait longer to know their fate.

Warner, after scoring a staggering 692 runs from 12 matches, headed home to take part in the national camp ahead of the World Cup, which begins on May 30 in England.

The void left by his departure would be felt and, in his absence, captain Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha will have to shoulder the responsibility.

SRH bowlers have performed well in patches and need to get their act together against MI's strong batting line-up.

MI have been well-served by South African Quinton de Kock (393 from 12 matches) and captain Rohit Sharma (307 from 11) at the top. In hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya (355 from 12) and West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard (228 from 12), MI possess two batsmen who routinely take the opposition bowling attack to the cleaners in the last few overs of the innings.

The likes of Surya Kumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya will need to convert starts into bigger scores against the multi-pronged SRH attack in which Afghanistan's Rashid Khan (14 wickets) has been the standout performer.

Sandeep Sharma (12 wickets from 11 matches), Khaleel Ahmed (11 from 6) and the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8 from 12), along with the Afghan spin twins Rashid and Mohammed Nabi, provide quality to the SRH bowling attack.

The home side will miss left-arm Australian pacer Jason Behrendroff, who has also headed home to take join the World Cup camp.

Jasprit Bumrah (13 from 12), Lasith Malinga (12 from 8), Hardik Pandya (10 from 12) and spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya form MI's backbone in bowling.

MI have won only three of their home games out of the five played so far and do not enjoy the earlier aura of invincibility in familiar surroundings.

Match Details:

Timing – 8 pm

Venue – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Where to watch – Star Sports 1/1HD/1 Hindi/1HD Hindi/1 Tamil/1 Telugu/1 Kannada/1 Bangla/Select 1/Select 1HD. Online viewers can catch the action live on Hotstar

Head to Head 

The two teams have played 13 matches against each other. MI has notched wins in 6 matches while SRH has emerged victorious on 7 other occasions.

Earlier this season in the reverse fixture, MI bowler Alzarri Joseph sizzled bowing a splendid spell of 6/12. Batting first, Mumbai barely managed 136/7 thanks to Kieron Pollard's 46. Then, thanks to Joseph's sell SRH were all-out on 96.

Team News

SRH are now with the services of its two leading run scorers for this season. Australian David Warner and Englishman Jonny Bairstow have left the SRH squad for World Cup duties. Jason Behrendroff too has left MI squad on same grounds.  No injury concern for the skippers of either sides.

Prediction

The absence of Warner and Bairstow should affect SRH's playing XI balance.  MI should win this fixture.

Betting Odds (bet365)

Mumbai Indians: 8/13

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 13/10

Other bets on the match can be checked on Oddschecker

Pitch Report at Wankhede Stadium: The pitch at the Wankhede has bounce and pace in it. The track is favorable for fast bowlers and stroke making is also easy.

Moneycontrol Dream XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya,Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Players to watch out for 

Quinton de Kock (MI)

IPL 2019 KXIP vs MI Quinton de Kock fifty

Quinton de Kock has scored 393 runs at an average of 32.75 and is Mumbai's leading run scorer for the season.

Rashid Khan (SRH)

In absence of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, the onus of delivering goods falls on SRH's other megastar Rashid Khan. The leg spinner has 14 wickets in 12 matches.

IPL Points Table

On points table MI are on third spot having 14 point from 12 matches. SRH are a spot below on fourth with 12 point from 12 games. Check out the updated points table here.

(with PTI inputs)

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First Published on May 1, 2019 05:00 pm
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