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Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians:Match Preview

Yusuf Pathan - still a force to be reckoned with?
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Having put on a ruthless display against the Rajasthan Royals in their opening fixture, the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be looking to make it two from two as they take on an injury hit Mumbai Indians (MI). SRH hardly put a foot wrong in their opening fixture and not for once did Shikhar Dhawan make them feel the absence of David Warner.

MI on the other hand played 37 good overs of T20 cricket only to be blown away by a Dwayne Bravo special in their opening fixture. Pat Cummins, who did not play the first game, has been ruled out of the tournament and will be a massive blow for Mumbai given his heroics with bat and ball in the recently concluded test series against South Africa.

Hyderabad would not want to over complicate things against Mumbai. The fact that Siddarth Kaul was given an opportunity ahead of Sandeep Sharma showed that the amount of the faith that the management had in him. His returns of two for 17 were one of the key reasons behind the impressive performance of Hyderabad against Rajasthan.

Mumbai unearthed a new talent in leg-spinner Mayank Markrande who put on a wonderful display to flummox the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Their other frontline bowlers did go the distance but their batsmen looked in good nick apart from Evin Lewis, who will be looking forward to making a meaningful contribution.

The Sunrisers line up may not look the most threatening on paper, but they do manage to get the job done without much of a flourish. Mumbai’s best bet will be to get early wickets and expose Hyderabad’s lower middle order of Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan and Deepak Hooda!

Probable XI’s

Expect both teams to remain unchanged.

Sunrisers Hyderabad - Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib al Hasan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul

Mumbai Indians – Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rehman, Mayank Markrande

Trivia

  • Shikhar Dhawan’s 77 not out against Rajasthan is his highest IPL score while chasing. His previous highest was 73 not out against the Mumbai Indians in 2013
  • Mayank Markrande’s three for 23 is the second-best figures by a Mumbai Indians player on debut. The best belongs to Lasith Malinga, who took three for 15 against Chennai Super Kings back in 2009

Match details

April 12, 2018

20:00 hours IST

Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad

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