Sunrisers look to regain momentum against shell-shocked Mumbai:Match Preview

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will be looking to force their way back to the top of the table as they take on a Mumbai Indians (MI) team that failed to close out a match once again in their previous game against the Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Match details

April 24, 2018

20:00 hours IST

Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

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The absence of Shikhar Dhawan affected the Sunrisers in the last game even though skipper Kane Williamson raised the tempo of his batting and found strong support from the big hitting Yusuf Pathan. Pathan’s knock would give him much needed confidence and will silence his doubters for a while!

While their batting may not be that big a cause of concern, the form of star spinner Rashid Khan certainly would be! Ranked the number one T20I spinner, the Afghanistan spinner has gone for 104 runs off eight overs from his last two games. Having had a smooth ride so far in his career, it will be interesting to see how he responds to this challenge thrown at him!

Mumbai have had their fair share of woes this tournament and their place in the points table barely reveals how well they have played in this season. They have been on the wrong side of last and penultimate ball finishes more often than not and one won’t be surprised if skipper Rohit Sharma is not left with much hair after this season!

They have comeback from difficult scenarios with both bat and ball only to squander their chances right at the end. It’s not every day that the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rehman get taken to the cleaners, but when they do, even the best of sides are bound to have bad days.

With nine more games left in the tank, Mumbai would need to win at least six of them to stay in contention for the playoffs. They would need their bowlers to improve their execution skills so that they don’t drop points like they have done four times already this season. In fact the last time these two teams met, it was Billy Stanlake who took the Sunrisers to victory off the last ball of the match! Mumbai fans will be hoping that they don’t suffer from yet another setback at home!

Probable XI’s

Expect an unchanged XI from Mumbai.

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

Shikhar Dhawan should slot back in for Ricky Bhui, if fit, while Sachin Baby could get a chance in place of Manish Pandey, who has made just one significant contribution from five games. Wriddhiman Saha too hasn’t had the best of seasons with the bat and it remains to be seen if they decide to give his state teammate Sreevats Goswami a chance.

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

Trivia

  • The match against the Chennai was the first time in five seasons that SRH played without both Warner and Dhawan
  • In the first ten seasons of the IPL, MI had failed to defend 35 runs in the last three overs only once. In this season, they have already failed to do so twice – 47 against Chennai and 43 against Rajasthan
  • The Mumbai Indians are placed seventh on the table, yet they have had three century partnerships in IPL 2018. All other teams have a combined total of three!

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