SRH have firepower to beat MI & qualify for playoffs, believes Lara

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Sharjah, Nov 3 (IANS) Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara feels SunRisers Hyderabad have enough firepower to beat Mumbai Indians in what would be a virtual quarter-final on Tuesday evening to seal a spot in the playoffs in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

“They (SRH) found themselves in this position and that’s from good playing in their recent games. So, I expect them to actually be up for the challenge,” Lara said while speaking on Star Sports show Cricket Live.

Mumbai Indians have already sealed a spot in the playoffs and will be facing Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 1 on Thursday. Thus, they might be tempted to rest a few players and test their bench strength.

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SRH, on the other hand, need to beat the defending champions in order to make it to the knockout stage.

“Mumbai Indians may be easing off, rest a few players which will favour SRH, but I think they have got to be ready for this quarter-final and for the rest of the tournament. If they win, they are in and I think they have got what it takes to do so,” Lara added.

If SRH win, they will be facing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Friday.

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–IANS

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