Today at IPL 2022, MI vs SRH: Kane Williamson’s army faces Mumbai in a do or die battle for playoffs spot

The time of reckoning has come for SunRisers Hyderabad, where they just can’t let it slip any further. After five wins in a row, the Kane Williamson-led team has fallen to five consecutive defeats in the Indian Premier League. The team that had 10 points from the first seven games and took the lead managed to make their play-off chances very slim with their terrible performance with the bat.

The main reason behind their roller coaster in the IPL 2022 is the form of Captain Kane Williamson. With just 208 runs from 12 games, with a strike rate of 92.85, Williamson has not only wreaked havoc on his own reputation, but has also influenced SRH’s pace with the bat.

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The Hyderabad-based franchise coming into the game against the Mumbai Indians will hope they change their style of play and remove the conservative approach Williamson has taken in the power playovers. With the likes of Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran in the lineup, SRH could also hope to improve the percussion a bit and put Williamson at number three or four, where he can take advantage of the holes in the field.

The results of this competition will have a further impact on the rankings. Franchises such as Kolkata Knight Riders and Punjab Kings are hoping that the Mumbai Indians will emerge victorious today, so that there is less pressure on the middle bracket. If SRH wins, three of these teams will be tied with 12 points from 13 games, ultimately questioning the net run rate for qualifying for the playoffs.

That said, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants are best placed to take the last two positions in the play-offs, but Lucknow’s current form leaves them vulnerable.

Form Guide

SRH
L, L, L, L

MI
W, L, W, W

protagonists

Abhishek Sharma (SRH): Abhishek Sharma, the tournament’s highest scorer in Hyderabad, is set to finish the season on a high. The Punjab youngster has already scored 374 and hopes to break the 400 point mark in the last two matches.

Tim David (MI): If Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma suffer from Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s cheating or Washington Sundar’s height, things will once again fall on this Singaporean-Australian batter to save his team.

Likely playing XIs

Mumbai Indians

Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Tilak Varma, Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Hrithik Shokeen, Ramandeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Kumar Kartikeya Singh

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Washington Sundar, Glenn Phillips, Kartik Tyagi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, T Natarajan

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