IPL 2013: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – Live IPL Score
The heat is well and truly on. With only the Chennai Super Kings having booked their berth in the playoffs, there is a mad scramble to make it to the finish line. From here on, any blunder or outstanding performance can seal the fate of a team.
It is in this pressure-cooker situation that the Mumbai Indians, who haven’t been beaten at ‘Fortress Wankhede’ in all their six games so far this season, face the Sunrisers on Monday night.
It certainly won’t be easy for MI to maintain their magnificent ‘home run’ against what is arguably the best bowling attack of the tournament, led by the best fast bowler in the world, on a pitch that should aid his art.
The last time Dale Steyn bowled at Wankhede was for the Deccan Chargers last season, and MI, particularly Sachin Tendulkar, won’t forget that spell in a hurry.
Firing on all cylinders, Steyn had sent MI opener Richard Levi’s middle stump packing before rubbing it in by breaking into a yawn.
This season too, Steyn has been at his menacing best, having picked up 14 email@example.com, at an economy rate of 5.72. The connoisseurs of the game would be delighted with the prospect of the ‘Steyn-Tendulkar’ contest, which has been of the highest quality and intensity in the past few years.
It should be a highlight of this game too, though one would be inclined to feel that, with the kind of form that the maestro is in, Steyn holds an upper hand.
This battle will also give us a fair idea of how well an ageing Tendulkar can cope with the relentless pace of Steyn during India’s tour of South Africa this winter.
The SRH bowling, though, isn’t about Steyn alone. They have the best spinner in the tournament too. With 17 scalps, Amit Mishra has forced his way into the Champions Trophy squad.