Indian Premier League, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
The Big Picture
The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League has begun in full swing with almost all the match going down to the wire. Each of the teams has played their opening match of the 2018 edition. While four teams have registered their first win, the other four are still searching for the elusive win to kickstart their 2018 campaign.
It is with this predicament that the defending champions Mumbai Indians are traveling to Hyderabad, after tasting a shock 1-wicket loss to the returning Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede, Saturday night.
As for the hosts, the loss of regular skipper David Warner did not seem to bother their gameplan, as they crushed the returning Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets in their tournament opener, and if we take in all these factors Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians promises to be a humdinger of a contest.
Where: Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Hyderabad
When: 12 April 2018, 8:00 PM
The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually better for the batsman while slowing down considerably as the game progresses.
Statistics over the years: While over the past ten years, the average first innings score has gone from 170 to 165, the team batting first has won 31 times (37.1%) while the chasing side has won 43 times i.e 57.3%. The team batting first won 75% of their mtches last year at Hyderabad.
Total Match Played-10
Team Analysis and Preview, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
One of the consistent features of the Sunrisers franchise over the years is the amount of depth and potency, they have at their disposal in the bowling department. It was testified to the hilt when the likes of Stanlaike, Shakib, Bhuvi, Kaul and Rashid Khan bamboozled the Rajasthan Royals explosive batting line-up and bowled them out for a meager 125.
On the batting front, Shikhar Dhawan’s pristine knock of 75 ensured that SRH did not miss David Warner, as the southpaw along with skipper Kane Williamson finished off the chase with nine wickets still at disposal.
Coming into their second clash against MI, SRH is not expected to tinker with their team combination and will field the same playing eleven barring any last-minute injury.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlaike, Siddarth Kaul.
The defending champions ran into a rampaging Dwayne Bravo (68 off 30 balls), to lose a game, they had dominated for a better part of three hours.
While their high-profile recruits in Lewis, Mustafizur, and Jasprit Bumrah had an off-day, MI will be buoyed by the performance of their middle-order in Kishan (40), Suryakumar Yadav (43), and Krunal Pandya (41) and also of the uncapped leggie Mayank Markande, who with his exuberance and guile bamboozled CSK batsmen including the likes of MS Dhoni with a perfect wrong’un.
While the defending champions are set to be without Pat Cummins, who has been ruled out of the tournament, they’ll need their fast-bowling trio of Bumrah, McClenaghan who might pave way for Ben Cutting or Chris Jordan, and Mustafizur Rahman to step-up in their next encounter against SRH.
Latest Update: Hardik Pandya is also in doubt for today’s game due to an ankle injury he sustained in the previous game.
Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya/Saurabh Tiwary, Mitchell McClenaghan/Ben Cutting/Chris Jordan, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.
Where to watch Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com