Back in the lock after two consecutive victories, defending champions Mumbai Indians will be clear favorites to overcome it, affected by turbulence and placed at the bottom of SunRisers Hyderabad IPL play here on Tuesday. Mumbai will enter the game after its four-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in form, courtesy of Kieron Pollard’s blitzkrieg.
In contrast, SunRisers suffered a humiliating 55-game loss to the Rajasthan Royals, their sixth of seven games this season. They are also struggling with a transitional phase in which Kane Williamson took over David Warner’s captaincy without form, leaving him disappointed.
Mumbai’s striking midfield has clicked in the last two games, which would be quite pleasant for the team’s management. Pollard (168 tracks), who made his way to winning a game of 87 balls out of 34 in the last game, would like to continue from where he left off.
Also, it remains to be seen whether Mumbai will play Ishan Kishan or Jayant Yadav in place of the universal James Niysham, who has neither scored a big goal nor managed to take the door. However, the bombs in Mumbai will have to forget the knocking received by the hands of CSK batsmen and start again.
Foot spinner Rahul Chahar (11 straps) is the main player on MI’s wickets, but he will need support from Krunal, who has only three scalps.
The duo will have to hold things tight to contain SRH dough. Pollard also took two important leashes in the last game and can play the role of fifth or sixth bowling.
However, there are many problems with SRH. They rely too much on their highest order, especially Johnny Beirstov (248 tracks), but their middle order most often fluctuates.
Against RR they released Warner and opened with Manish Pandi and Johnny Beirstow, with Williamson entering in three. If they continue on the same line, the three must shoot at all cylinders.
Also, like it Vijay Shankar (58 tracks), Kedar jadhav (40 tracks), Abdul Samad (36 tracks) and Mohamed Nabi (31 tracks), if he plays, he will have to get several tracks for the country to have any chance to build momentum.
It remains to be seen whether Sandyp Sharma plays again or gives way to Siddhartha Kaul.
Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Nathan Coulter-Neal, Piyush Chawla, Quinton De Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandyip Sharma, Haleil Ahmed, Siddhartha Kaul, Basil Tampi, Jagadesha Suhit, Kedar Jadhav, Mujib-ur-Rahman.
The match starts at 19.30.