At the start of most seasons of the Pepsi Indian Premier League, teams doing a back-of-the envelope calculation will tell themselves they need eight wins to have a shot at making the play-offs and nine to be certain. While that largely holds true, the sixth season may end up demanding more of those who want to go all the way. Mumbai, who will play the first of two matches at home in three days, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (May 13), already have nine wins in the bag, but they will be keen to seal the deal.
The extra points needed for safety this season is a result of four teams being bunched tightly together, with the Chennai Super Kings being the only ones to break away and hit the 20-point mark. This means that the Sunrisers, whose batting looked remarkably thin at the start of the tournament, what with Shikhar Dhawan having to sit out the early part with a hand injury, being carried by their bowlers. Defending low totals became a hallmark of the Sunrisers' journey, and though concerns remain over their batting, they've done enough to stay in the hunt.