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HYD vs MUM, Indian T20 League 2021 – Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Team Hyderabad vs Team Mumbai, Indian T20 League 2021 match 55 (HYD vs MUM)

Date: October 8, Friday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Match 55 of the Indian T20 League 2021 will be played between Team Hyderabad and Team Mumbai at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on October 8. This is a do or die game for the five-time champions if they want to make it to the playoffs. But if Kolkata beat Rajasthan in match no. 54, it will be difficult for Mumbai to qualify even if they win against Hyderabad. This is because of Kolkata’s superior net run rate. Hyderabad, meanwhile, are already out of playoffs contention. After getting only one win in the first leg, the Kane Williamson-led side managed only two more wins in the second leg. This is their last league game and they’ll look to sign off with a win.

Both Mumbai and Hyderabad are coming into this contest on the back of a win. While Hyderabad got the better of Bangalore by four runs and denied them a top-two finish, Mumbai restricted Rajasthan to 89 before chasing it down in 8.2 overs.

When the two sides met earlier this year in Chennai, Mumbai successfully defended 150 with the help of three wickets each from Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar. Earlier, Kieron Pollard scored 35 off 22 balls to win the Player of the Match award.

Weather update and pitch report for HYD vs MUM

Bigger boundaries at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi make it difficult to score a lot of runs, but in match no. 47 played here last week, Rajasthan posted 190 – 3. Generally the pitch offers assistance to both batsmen as well as bowlers and anything above 150 should be a competitive total.

As for the weather update, is it going to be hot and humid in Abu Dhabi with the temperature expected to hover around 36 degrees Celsius. The humidity level will be around 62%.

MUM team news and predicted XI

Team news: Mumbai made a big decision of dropping Quinton de Kock and Krunal Pandya in the previous game and managed fine without them. They are likely to stick to their previous XI from the last game.

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

HYD team news and predicted XI

Team news: Hyderabad have won only three games this season, and will be looking to salvage pride in what is their last game of Indian T20 League 2021. Rumour mill has it that Hyderabad’s all-time top-scorer David Warner, who was dropped from the playing XI midway through the second leg, is unlikely to be retained by the franchise for the next season.

Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Umran Malik

Head to head record

Team Hyderabad and Team Mumbai have played 17 games between them, with Rohit Sharma’s side leading 9-8. Of their last five matches, however, Mumbai have won four times.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for HYD vs MUM

Rashid Khan – Bowler, Team Hyderabad

The T20 globetrotter is Hyderabad’s highest wicket-taker this season with 16 wickets in 13 games at an impressive economy rate of 6.44. Rashid Khan has picked up at least one wicket in each match this season, while his best of 3-36 came in the first leg. While Hyderabad is out of playoffs contention, Rashid will be eyeing a landmark in this match. The spinner is only two wickets away from surpassing Lasith Malinga as the third-highest wicket-taker in T20 cricket. Rashid currently has 389 wickets while Malinga has 390. He is also no mug with the bat and has won Hyderabad a couple of games as a hard-hitting finishing batsman. Rashid’s price on the MPL app is 9.5 credits.

Umran Malik – Bowler, Team Hyderabad

The fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir, who is playing his first Indian T20 League season, bowled the fastest delivery of this edition when he clocked 152.95 kmph during the game against Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. The 21-year-old went past Lockie Ferguson, who had bowled a ball at 152.75 earlier in the season. Malik also picked his first Indian T20 League wicket in that game, after bowling a short ball to KS Bharat. The quickgun has been bowling most of his deliveries at 147 kmph and in his debut game too he clocked at 151.03. With the kind of promise shown by the young bowler in his first few games, he is a good and also budget friendly pick for your MPL XI. Malik is priced at 8 credits.

Rohit Sharma – Batsman, Team Mumbai

The Mumbai captain has 363 runs in 12 innings and is among the top 10 highest-run scorers this season.  Although Rohit Sharma has not been able to get going in his last three outings, expect him to give his all in a game that will decide Mumbai’s playoffs fate. The five-time trophy winning captain is also the most expensive batsman on MPL for this game with 10 credits.

Kieron Pollard – All-rounder, Team Mumbai

This will be Kieron Pollard’s 200th game for Mumbai, which explains how crucial his experience will be in a do-or-die game. The all-rounder joined the franchise in the 2010 season, and will be the first Mumbai player to get to 200 games. Pollard has also put up some fine performances this season both with the bat and ball. He has played some crucial knocks down the order including a fifty and has a strike rate of over 150. With the ball, he has picked up five wickets. Pollard is priced at 9 credits.

Jasprit Bumrah – Bowler, Team Mumbai

Jasprit Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker for Mumbai this season with 19 wickets at an economy of 7.27. He had an excellent previous game too, picking two wickets for 14 runs in his four overs. If Mumbai want to win this game, Bumrah will have to step up again. The fast bowler is priced at 9.5 credits.

HYD vs MUM: MPL Fantasy XI

HYD vs MUM – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

Star Sports will broadcast the Indian T20 League on the television, while live streaming of the game will be available on Disney + Hotstar for users with a subscription. The match will start at 7.30 PM IST on October 8.

Also read: Who is the Best Death Over Specialist Batsman in IPL?

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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