With almost a fortnight to the commencement of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the fans will now witness doubleheaders. Match 17 is between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Sharjah Stadium on Sunday.

Neither of the teams has had a solid start of the tournament. Of late, both have picked up and now, MI are on the top, while SRH are at fourth in the points table.

Team composition

The teams have a fair balance of young and experienced players in their sides. Both teams have already decided their playing XI by testing their players in the initial matches.

2019 Journey

MI, who are the defending champions. were on the top of the table, while SRH managed to secure the fourth position in the table. Both the teams had qualified for the playoffs.

Head-to-head

The teams have taken on each other 14 times, of which both have had exactly seven wins against each other. Let’s see who wears the winning cap this time.

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Weather and Match report

Though the weather predicts 10% rainfall, the temperature is all likely to be as high as 37 degrees. The pitch is more likely to assist batsmen. As witnessed in the two fixtures of IPL 2020, both the matches have seen 400-plus scores in 40 overs. With the ground dimensions being comparatively small, as compared to the other two in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the day game is all likely to see high scores as well.

Predicted 11

SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.   

MI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

Dream 11 players

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (c), David Warner (vc), Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan, Priyam Garg- Rohit-Warner opening partnership can provide the thrust needed in the opening, as they also the captain and vice-captain, respectively. Pandey can provide momentum in the middle-order. Kishan and Garg can slam big shots in the death overs.

Wicketkeeper: Jonny Bairstow- The wicketkeeper-batsman can consolidate as per the situation.

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard- The reliable Pandya-Pollard stand can get through almost all tough times. The duo can take off the pressure all by themselves, as both medium-pacers can also scalp wickets when necessary.

Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid Khan, Rahul Chahar- Bumrah, the speedster, can scalp the wickets when needed. The deceptive leg bowlers, Rashid, and Chahar can restrict the opposition to an easy early score on the board.

Players to look out for

Jonny Bairstow: The wicketkeeper-batsman for SRH was eagerly awaited to join the franchise ahead of the Australia-England series. Despite a couple of chances, he has not been able to put up a good performance with the bat.

Quinton de Kock: The situation of MI’s wicketkeeper-batsman is similar to the SRH ones. He will surely be under the management’s eagle eyes.

Suryakumar Yadav: The middle-order batsman has been unable to consolidate good innings with the bat. He really needs to put up a great show.