It is time for the Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad to join in on Sharjah’s run fest as the two meet in the first of two games scheduled today. Six innings played at Sharjah so far and the average score stands at 217, with all three matches aggregating more than 400 runs. Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad both will be playing for the first time here, but will be aware of what they are up to. The MI vs SRH My11Circle teams are bound to have the bare minimum number of bowlers, as batsmen are yet again going to whack most of the balls out of the park. It is not just the short ground, it is more about the absolute road of a pitch on offer. Hyderabad's top order will be the key as Mumbai will know a way through that top-order could well land them on top of the points table.
Match 17, IPL 2020
Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunday 4 October, 3:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
Saurabh Tiwary, if fit, may come back and replace Suryakumar Yadav. The rest of their squad looks perfectly settled and pretty much needs no changing.
MI Predicted XI
Rohit Sharma (C)
Quinton de Kock (WK)
Suryakumar Yadav/Saurabh Tiwary
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is most likely to be ruled out for this game, after he sustained an injury in their last game. Either of Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, or Siddharth Kaul can come in as replacement for him.
SRH Predicted XI
David Warner (C)
Jonny Bairstow (WK)
Basil Thampi/Sandeep Sharma/Siddharth Kaul/Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Let's look at the IPL 2020 MI vs SRH My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Jonny Bairstow
BAT: David Warner, Rohit Sharma, Abdul Samad, Kane Williamson
ALL: Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya
BLR: Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan
SUBS: Abhishek Sharma(S4), Priyam Garg(S3), Trent Boult(S2), Manish Pandey(S1)
With two of the openers being wicket-keepers, it becomes fairly necessary to go with three wicket-keepers in our MI vs SRH My11Circle Team. Sharjah is a flat track and offers absolutely nothing to the bowlers. With the kind of form Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, and Jonny Bairstow are in, it becomes probable that one of them may stand out as the top performer with the bat.
Rohit Sharma, David Warner, and Kane Williamson are obvious picks, considering their stats and form. Abdul Samad is more of a gamble from our side. If SRH's highly dependable batting line-up falters, we expect Abdul Samad to anchor SRH's innings.
With as many as 7 batsmen in our side, that leaves us with just 4 slots for all-rounders and bowlers. Thanks to the flexibility My11Circle offers, we have still picked up two all-rounders, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. They are bound to offer the finishing touches to Mumbai’s innings with at least 2-3 sixes each. Kieron Pollard is in the form of his life, while Hardik Pandya hasn’t really got going. With Sharjah’s flat track and short boundaries on offer, it will be the perfect stage for him to get back into form.
With absolutely nothing on offer for the bowlers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out, we suggest inclusion of at most two bowlers. We’ve gone with Jasprit Bumrah, whose yorkers and death bowling feel will keep his economy rate low and might land him a wicket or two. The second bowler we’ve chosen is T Natarajan because of the variations he has in his spell. Smart bowling is the only way out for the bowlers at Sharjah, and Natarajan is one of the smartest in the trade.
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