With Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore having qualified for the playoffs, Tuesday’s match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai is a direct face-off between Warner’s men and Kolkata Knight Riders in the race for qualification.
Sunrisers have no option but to defeat Mumbai in order to remain in the competition. Twelve points and a positive run-rate notwithstanding, they need to be at their best against a stronger opposition. If SRH lose, they will be out and KKR will sneak in.
IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE
The manner in which MI have overcome the loss of regular captain Rohit Sharma due to injury is an indication of the depth in their squad. In Rohit’s absence, Kieron Pollard has done an admirable job of leading the side. They have been well served by Quinton de Kock and Ishan Kishan at the top, Suryakumar Yadav in superb touch and the Pandya brothers striking at will.
Two of their bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah (23 wickets) and Trent Boult (20) – figure in the top five of the bowling charts and Rahul Chahar (15) has complemented them well to make the four-time champions a good all-round unit, which has made winning a habit.
Sunrisers, however, will go into this match upbeat after two big wins against DC and RCB. The win over RCB would have certainly pleased the think tank, for the manner in which SRH overcame a mid-innings wobble to finish the match while chasing down a small total.
Wirddhiman Saha replacing Jonny Bairstow has lent more solidity to the batting, and SRH’s bowlers have played a big part in their last two wins with Sandeep Sharma, Jason Holder and Natarajan coming into their own. Mumbai Indians will also have Rashid Khan to contend with.
IPL PLAYOFFS SCENARIO
DC have qualified for the playoffs in 2nd place. They will face Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 and get two chances to make the final.
RCB also qualified for the playoffs by virtue of their bowlers stretching the DC chase past 17.3 overs, ensuring a net run rate above KKR’s.
If SRH lose to MI on Tuesday, KKR will qualify in 4th place, below RCB in 3rd.
If SRH beat MI, they will qualify in 3rd place, KKR will be out, and RCB will qualify in 4th place.