IPL 2020 Match 17 Preview: MI vs SRH - Resurgent Hyderabad face formidable Mumbai in six-hitting paradise Sharjah
Mumbai Indians got their IPL campaign up and running with a 48-run victory against Kings XI Punjab in their last match.
The Rohit Sharma-led side now has two wins and two losses from four matches and is with four points.
Mumbai did not have a great start in their fixture against Punjab. Quinton de Kock, who needs to contribute more at the top of the order, failed again, getting dismissed for a 5-ball duck.
Rohit Sharma in scary form
Rohit Sharma, who did not have great IPL seasons over the last couple of years, promises a lot this year. In the game against Punjab, he first assessed the conditions and then gradually accelerated, finishing with 70 off 45 deliveries with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Sharma was going at a site rate of over 150 and had almost cleared the fence off Mohammed Shami when Glenn Maxwell and Jimmy Neesham combined to hold onto a spectacular catch, right at the boundary in Abu Dhabi.
Pollard and Pandya repay faith
That, though, did not prove to be a big setback for Mumbai Indians as Rohit had already done his job. It was now time for the big guns Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya to fire at the death.
They did their job perfectly well, blasting 62 runs off the last 3 overs. Both Pandya and Pollard complemented each other shot for shot. While Pollard struck 47 off just 20 deliveries at a strike rate of 235, Pandya was even a step ahead of him, remaining unbeaten on 30 off 11 balls at a strike rate of 272.73.
Pattinson and Boult - MI's brilliant new ball pair
Mumbai's bowling was equally good. James Pattinson has been bowling well first up, swinging the new ball. He did the same in the match against Punjab as well, finishing with figures of 4-0-28-2.
Trent Boult has generally been good for Mumbai but had an expensive outing against Punjab.
Bumrah back on song
The best part for Mumbai was that Jasprit Bumrah was back to his own again, giving away just 18 runs from his 4 overs and picking up two crucial wickets of Mayank Agarwal and James Neesham.
MI's spin bowling is also back to somewhere near its best as Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar partnered to do the job for Mumbai. Both conceded runs at under 7 RPO while sharing three wickets between them.
SRH get campaign on track
Sunrisers Hyderabad have been successful in bringing their IPL campaign back on track with victories in back-to-back matches. The team would be most heartened by the fact that it were the youngsters who won them their last match against Chennai Super Kings.
Bhuvneshwar's injury scare
However, the injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be a point of concern for Hyderabad. By the looks of it, he won't be able to play in at least a couple of upcoming matches and either of Shahbaz Nadeem or Sandeep Sharma will have to take his place.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) - David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma/Shahbaz Nadeem, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
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