Two teams with contrasting fortunes in their opening games will take on each other, looking to assert themselves in the competition.
Mumbai Indians will meet Sunrisers Hyderabad at 8 pm on Thursday night. The game will be contested at Sunrisers' home ground Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The head-to-head record at the venue shows that Mumbai have outclassed the Sunrisers. Out of the six times the two have met, MI has won four matches, while SRH has won two.
Yes, the stats are piled against Hyderabad in this match but the SRH line-up cannot be discounted for. Skipper Kane Williamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan have been in sublime form and have been crucial in giving good starts to the team. The duo put on a 50+ partnership in the first match against Rajasthan Royals.
Source: Hindustan Times
Mumbai have given underwhelming performances till now and it's high time they redeem themselves. The former will be hoping to bounce back after it had victory snatched from the jaws of defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the first match. Hyderabad, however, will be hoping to extend their winning momentum and dominance that they gained in the first match against Rajasthan.
Sunrisers were clinical against the Royals, having all their boxes ticked. Their ground fielding was exceptional, with them having saved at least 10-15 runs. Their five main bowlers came together in a compelling amalgam to help restrict Rajasthan to a sub-par 125 on a wicket that at least had 150-160 in it. On a wicket that was assisting seamers, it was SRH's fifth bowler, Siddharth Kaul, who led the way with figures of 2 for 17, before Dhawan blazed through to an unbeaten half-century to take them over the line, with skipper Williamson for company.
For Mumbai, a lot was riding on Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah but in their opener against Chennai, these three bowlers leaked 120 runs and took just a wicket each.
That being said, Mumbai also found their ray of hope in spinner Mayank Markande. Undoubtedly the best bowler of the night, Mayank took three wickets including the prized scalp of MS Dhoni. The young bowler from Punjab has received praises from the game’s biggest legends, like Anil Kumble and Shane Warne, after the game against Chennai.
Let's not forget Mumbai's X-factor player - Hardik Pandya. He can bowl, he can bat, he can field, he can fly a plane, he can replace James Hetfield in the Metallica band. In short, Pandya can virtually do anything.
Sunrisers Hyderabad predicted 11
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul
Mumbai Indians predicted 11
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah
Last Updated 12, Apr 2018, 4:13 PM IST