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Rohit Sharma has never his opening match of the IPL and that is exactly what happened this year as well. Of course, this time it looked for all money like Mumbai Indians had it in the bag before Bravo went berserk. Luckily, there is plenty of time to turn it around. The Mumbai Indians will be traveling to Hyderabad to try and put one over the Sunrisers Hyderabad who put in a textbook clinical performance in their opening game.
The Sunrisers seem to have settled on a template where they bank on their bowlers to set up victories for them before letting their batsmen loose. This contest promises to be another exciting one.
The Sunrisers appear to be one of the most balanced sides this season. They were one of the sides that managed to keep their core of key players together and then added some excellent talent to improve their side.
Their gameplan under Tom Moody though remains same.
Bhuveshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Siddharth Kaul shared the bowling in the first match and not one of them went over 7.50 per over. Not a single six was conceded in the entire match and wickets were picked at regular intervals.
SRH also has Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda in their team who can chip in with some overs if needed.
Any team that faces SRH knows that there are no easy overs for them to take advantage of. The variety in their attack also gives them plenty of firepower no matter what the conditions.
On the basis of the first match, it looks like Hyderabad will offer plenty of bounce, some turn, and allow the batsmen a good opportunity to score runs as well. The pitch at Hyderabad has been one of the better and most balanced ones we have seen in the tournament so far.
Unlike previous years when the SRH batting was a little weak, this year that flaw seems to have been taken care of as well. There is no David Warner but there is the dangerous Alex Hales sitting in the dugout. Wriddhiman Saha at the top of the order is a little unconvincing but he can definitely get a quick 30 on his day.
The mainstay of the SRH batting is Shikhar Dhawan. He scored 77 in the first match and continued his brilliant form in all formats of the fame since last year. Kane Williamson is also coming into this tournament on the back of an excellent home season and will be full of confidence.
The middle order of Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, and Shakib Al Hasan is very potent as well. We can easily see SRH setting big totals or chasing them down with consistency. It is going to take something special to stop this team.
Shikhar Dhawan, KS Williamson, Manish Pandey, WP Saha, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, YK Pathan, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul, S Sharma.
Even though Mumbai lost its first match, the team must remember it led the game handsomely for 37 overs out of the total 40. To see their premier fast bowler and one of the best death overs bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, miss his length again and again would have been a shock.
Mitchell McClenaghan, the other bowler to suffer at the hands of Bravo, would also be shocked at the disdain and ease with which he was dispatched.
All of that is in the past, though. There are no easy matches in this tournament and taking on SRH at home is certainly among the tougher contests that MI will find itself in this season.
The biggest positive for Mumbai Indians in the last match was the fact that its middle order scored runs even when two of their big guns failed. Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis did nothing of note in the first match. Both of them, however, will be the key players on a ground where openers have traditionally done very well.
We expect SRH to come at Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis with Rashid Khan early. Rohit has had his trouble with leg-spin while Evin Lewis has been troubled by Rashid Khan consistently. If both of them can get over that initial test, though, then they could cash in big on a surface which is excellent for batting.
Backing them up are Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya. All four of these players got useful runs in the last match. The contribution of Krunal Pandya coming in late was especially noteworthy.
We fail to see the utility that Kieron Pollard serves in this team since he does not bowl and does not bat high enough to make much impact. He also does not have the consistency to justify persisting with him. At this point, Mumbai Indians seem to be picking him out of habit rather than any cricketing logic.
Mumbai’s bowling will also be tested against a strong batting lineup that is packing plenty of power. Bumrah and McClenaghan will want to bounce back strongly while Hardik Pandya and Mayank Markande will want to continue on their good start.
Markande will be very interesting to watch in particular. He was an absolute unknown in his first match but now the opposition will be ready.
Mumbai will need its strong batting order to start firing if they are to overcome a strong SRH team.
Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, SA Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, PJ Sangwan, Ben Cutting, JJ Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman.
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A clear day with temperatures around 30 degree Celsius has been forecast for match day. The pitch is expected to continue being hard, bouncy, with something in it for everyone. Two strong batting lineups should be able to put on a much better display than the Rajasthan Royals were able to. Expect scores of around 180 to be hit in this match.
SRH has beaten the Mumbai Indians in three out of the last five matches they have played against each other. Their overall head to head record stands at 5-5 and 3-2 in favor of SRH at Hyderabad.
We are going to keep backing the home team because they look to have hit the ground running.
Back the Sunrisers Hyderabad team to win.
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