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SRH vs MI IPL 2021 Preview: Warner-less Hyderabad hope to turn things around under Williamson

Warner and Bayliss having a chat
Warner and Bayliss having a chat after match against Rajasthan Royals
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Sunrisers Hyderabad find themselves in a tight spot at the halfway stage.

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Live Scores and Stats - SRH vs MI Match 31 IPL 2021



Williamson replaces Warner as SRH captain

After 7 matches, Hyderabad have just one victory and will have to win at least 6 of their remaining 7 matches in order to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs, which seems highly unlikely at the moment.

What has not helped their cause is a sudden change in leadership. David Warner is one of the leading all-time batting greats in the IPL apart from being among the most successful captains. Him being sacked midway is not a great sign for Hyderabad.

Warner's axing opens up an overseas spot

However, after the team had lost five of their first six matches under Warner's leadership and was struggling to get the overseas combination right, Hyderabad was actually not left with many options. Under Warner's captaincy, with the skipper and leading leg spinner Rashid Khan being lock-in players, SRH were left with just two more slots which went to the in-form Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, and the team could afford just one overseas bowler.

Now, with Warner being removed from captaincy and even dropped from the playing XI, it opens up an overseas slot which will go to an all-rounder. After Mohammad Nabi failed to impress in the last match, Jason Holder is likely to take up that spot from this match onwards.

While that will certainly improve the balance of Hyderabad, they will find it extremely tough to make up for what an experienced head like David Warner brings to the table.

Bhuvi, Samad fail to make instant impact

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Abdul Samad returned to the SRH playing XI in the last match after recovering from their respective injuries, but failed to make an impact.

The likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar have not been able to do anything out of the ordinary either.

Mumbai begin to come to their own

Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings on the final ball in their last encounter, courtesy of a Pollard special. Even then, the team would know that they are nowhere close to their best. 

Mumbai made a couple of tactical changes in their playing XI in the last match, bringing in Dhawal Kulkarni and Jimmy Neesham in their playing XI. Although the two players were not able to do what was expected of them, the Rohit Sharma-led side is likely to stick to them for a couple of matches.

Predictions

Who will win the toss? - MIs

Who will win? – SRH

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – jonny Bairstow (SRH), Kieron Pollard (MIs)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH), Rahul Chahar (MIs)

Most Sixes – Vijay Shankar (SRH), Kieron Pollard (MIs)




Here are the predicted playing XIs:

Sunrisers Hyderabad
- Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed

Mumbai Indians - Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult 

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