Suryakumar Yadav came back to form in the previous match against Kolkata Knight Rider. His captaincy won MI the second match of the TATA IPL 2023 with 14 balls remaining. This is crucial because Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to look into this factor if they really want to win at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on April 18, 2023. MI and SRH will face each other for the 25th match of the tournament at 7:30 p.m. IST, pushing either team to a better spot on the leaderboard.
Both teams have an equivalent number of wins and losses, having won their previous two games after losing the initial consecutive games. Match 25 will break the winning streak for one of them.
SKY is expected to continue to captain MI, while Aiden Markram will lead Hyderabad on the batting pitch. Rohit Sharma’s presence raises a question, with him probably entering the field later as a substitute. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the experience that a bowler needs to restrict the opponent to a smaller target.
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is known to have a pitch that favors batters in the middle overs. Those who take advantage of their sides go on to set a higher target for their teams. For instance, the Rajasthan Royals scored a total of 200+ runs. Similarly, Hyderabad chased down the target of 144 runs in just 17.1 overs with eight wickets in hand.
The previous win came in Eden Garden against KKR. They now want to carry the momentum into the upcoming game.
Harry Brook has registered the first-ever century of the TATA IPL 2023 in 55 balls. He is likely to pose a danger to the slightly weak bowling line-up of MI. Mayank Markande and Marco Jansen picked up two wickets each, with Bhuvi maintaining a reasonable economy rate and a single wicket to his name.
MI is on a different path with power hitters on the side. Openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan become unstoppable instantly when they read the pitch. No matter the bowler, a winning performance comes naturally to them. SKY was on back-to-back golden ducks. That ship has sailed with SKY, hoping to give MI another win, for the team has genuinely supported him. Online cricket betting sites are favoring MI with nearly 53% winning chances. SRH would not want to lose on their home ground, so choosing to bowl first could be their natural selection after winning the toss.
Powerplay overs could have 50-60 runs from both teams. The total score will be different. MI needs at least 185 to defend the total, while SRH would not want to stay below 190. The maximum score can be 205 or 210 for the respective teams.
The best batter title awaits Harry Brook once again. The best bowler title could be handed over to Mayank Markande. Middle overs will be challenging for bowlers, and chasing a total on the batting pitch is a more reliable strategy.
MI is ranked 8th, and SRH is 9th, with a slight difference in NRR. Match 25 is sure to change that on April 18, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. IST, streaming on Jio Cinema for free.