The ninth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrsiers Hyderabad (SRH) is currently in progress at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Winning the toss, the Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat, suggesting that the track will slow down and he would want to have the runs on the board.
On a Head-to-Head count in the history of IPL of these two sides, both the sides stand at an even footing, with 8 wins each against each other in 16 meetings. However, former India cricketer, coach, and the CricTracker expert Lalchand Rajput reckons that the Rohit Sharma-led Indians will be able to take an edge over Warner and his men in this encounter and register their second win of the season.
Speaking in CricTracker’s live show ‘In The Air’, Rajput reckoned that he would pick Mumbai Indians over Hyderabad as he backed Rohit Sharma. “I would like to go with Mumbai.” Saying ahead, Rajput opined that if David Warner fires, then Mumbai might be in trouble. “But if David Warner fires, then definitely Sunrisers Hyderabad”.
SRH makes four changes, MI makes one
Ahead of the ninth game, both the teams made changes in their playing eleven. While Mumbai Indians brought in Adam Milne for Marco Jensen as a like-for-like replacement, Sunrisers Hyderabad made as many as four changes as wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, all-rounder Jason Holder, and bowlers T Natarajan, and Shahbaz Nadeem made way for two young middle-order batsmen Virat Singh, Abhishek Sharma, alongside Afghanistan all-rounder Mujeeb ur Rahman, and pacer Khaleel Ahmed. SRH is currently placed at the bottom of the table and is the only team to have not opened their account.
Against Mumbai, Hyderabad will be in search of their first victory of the season as they lost both their previous encounters so far. Losing their first game against KKR by 10 runs, SRH followed with a 6-run loss against RCB on April 14, 2021. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians came back with an improbable victory over Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs after they lost the tournament opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 2 wickets on 9th April 2021.