Pepsi IPL 2013 Match 62: MI vs SRH Live Scorecard
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Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to bat first against Mumbai Indians in a crucial Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday (May 13).
Hyderabad, who are coming off a comprehensive 30-run win on Saturday against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, were unchanged. Cameron White, the Hyderabad captain, said the decision to bat was influenced by the pitch, which he felt a good one to bat.
“Statistics say that they’ve won six in six batting first,” said White of Mumbai’s record at the Wankhede. “It looks a good wicket and it will be nice to have a good allround game with bat and ball. It is a big challenge for us but we’re playing good cricket and hopefully we’ll continue that.”
Mumbai made two changes to the side that beat Pune Warriors India by five wickets on Saturday. Kieron Pollard, who had missed that game through injury, returned to replace Glenn Maxwell, while Dhawal Kulkarni replaced Abu Nechim Ahmed.
Mumbai, incidentally, lost their first toss at home this season, but Rohit Sharma, the captain, wasn’t too perturbed. “We would have batted first as well, that has been our strength but we have to set the tone with the ball now,” he said.
The game bears a vital significance for both teams, who will be looking to edge one step closer to the playoffs. Hyderabad are currently placed fifth with 16 points while Mumbai, slightly better placed at the third spot, have 18 points.
“It’s a very important game for us, and we’ve worked out what we need to do,” said Rohit. “We’re just taking this game as another game. It is important we stay in the present than think about the future or the past.”
Hyderabad emerged comfortable winners by five wickets the last time both teams met on May 1. A repeat win for Hyderabad today will end the hopes of Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders for the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (capt), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Dhawal Kulkarni.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White (capt),Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Biplab Samantray, Karan Sharma, Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma.