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That’s right. The final day of the IPL 2021 league stages is October 8, 2021, and the final match of the league stage will be contested between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) enter this encounter with nothing to lose. The ‘Orange Army’ are already out of contention for a playoff spot and are ranked bottom in the points standings. Kane Williamson and his team have won just three of the tournament’s thirteen games.
Mumbai Indians, the five-time champions, will need to beat bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier Season’s last league match on Friday, knowing full well how difficult their condition is in their quest for a playoff spot.
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MI’s middle order, which includes the immensely skilled Suryakumar Yadav (235 runs), all-rounders Hardik Pandya (117 runs), Kieron Pollard (232 runs), and Saurabh Tiwary (115 runs), will have to improve. They can clean up any opposition attack on their day, and the SRH’s would be no exception. MI team management, on the other hand, would be delighted with their bowlers’ performance, given they restricted RR to 90 runs and are unlikely to change the combination. Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, who took four wickets in the previous game, and spinner Jayant Yadav will be needed to help pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah (19 wickets).
Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
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The Sunrisers, who are already out of contention for a place in the play-offs, will try to end the tournament on a positive note. Kane Williamson, the skipper, was back in action and eager to pick up where he left off on Wednesday. Others, such as Jason Roy and relatively inexperienced players like Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, and aggressive Wriddhiman Saha, will be needed to help the Kiwi. SRH have one of the strongest bowling attacks in the league, thanks to the arrival of pace wonder Urman Malik, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, and Siddharth Kaul will have to be at their best to limit MI’s powerful batting line-up.
Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Kane Williamson (captain), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik
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In head-to-head matches, Mumbai Indians has a somewhat superior record than SRH:
MI has won nine of their 17 games, for a win percentage of 52.94.
Meanwhile, SRH has won eight games (win percentage: 47.06).
Since the start of the IPL, MI has won four of the five matches it has played against SRH.
Interestingly, MI defeated SRH in the season’s first game.
At the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, a good batting surface awaits, as well as assistance for bowlers. Despite the fact that the pacers should get some swing early on, the batters will aim to take advantage of the favourable conditions. As the game goes, the spinners will enter the fray, creating an exciting bat-and-ball battle. After winning the toss, both teams will try to pursue, with 160-170 being a good total for the location.
This match will include all that the IPL has promised its spectators. Drama, ferocious batting, and pinpoint bowling. Both clubs will put everything on the line, one to secure a postseason place, the other to go out with a bang. In any event, this is not a game to be missed.