Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
Clinical were the Sunrisers 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 an effective 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 Shikhar Dhawan blazed through to an unbeaten half-century to take them over the line with skipper Kane Williamson for company.
Mumbai, on the other hand, didn’t have an ideal start with their openers struggling to get a move on. Both openers Rohit Sharma and Evin Lewis struggled, but their middle order in Ishan Kishan (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (43) stood up. But it was Krunal Pandya’s 22-ball 41 that really propelled them to 165 that brought them back into the game. Mumbai were even ahead in the contest reducing CSK to 118 for 8 at one stage with debutant Mayank Markande picking up three wickets, along with Hardik Pandya, to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.
Dwayne Bravo’s onslaught thereafter of a 30-ball 68 with him belting sixes for fun couldn’t be stopped even by arguably two of the best death bowlers in the world – Mustafizur Rahman and Jasprit Bumrah. It wasn’t an ideal start for Mumbai, but they did have positives, starting with Markande, which fills in the void for the lack of an Indian spinner in their ranks, which was stark coming into the season. His coming good bodes well for the Mumbai side. Their young middle order proving their prowess after their big names failed at the top shows their ability to take on responsibility.
Mumbai got in two training sessions leading into the clash, one in the afternoon and one under lights. Sunrisers’ batsmen spent some time in the nets, while the bowlers were involved in gruelling fielding and catching drills through the evening on the eve of the match.
Sunrisers had a near-perfect start, but the key will be in sustaining the momentum under Williamson, who was as enthused as you’d ever find him. Right from a fantastic run-out to a great catch to an unbeaten knock, the SRH skipper had it all against the Royals. Against Mumbai though, it’ll be a different challenge given the depth and skill in their pace department. Rajasthan’s bowlers lacked the zip on the day to trouble SRH’s batsmen after Dhawan was dropped. But in Mumbai’s case, they will have four quality pacemen running in, with the luxury of having Kieron Pollard chipping in, on a wicket that will hold them in good stead. SRH will be confident, but rest assured, will face stiff competition from a strong outfit.
When: Thursday April 12, 2018, 08:00 PM
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
The wicket offered good carry and bounce for the pacers. However, since then, it has slowed down and has turned out to be a good wicket for batting. Even scores of over 180 have been chased down in the history IPL at the ground.
Venue Stats T20
|Matches won batting first||3|
|Matches won bowling first||3|
|Average 1st Inns scores||187|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||174|
|Highest total recorded||211/4 (19.1 Ov) by Ind vs SL|
|Lowest total recorded||172/10 (20 Ov) by Afg vs RSA|
|Highest score chased||211/4 (19.1 Ov) by Ind vs SL|
|Lowest score defended||180/5 (20 Ov) by NZ vs Pak|
Head to Head
|Total Match Play||10|
|Match won Mumbai Indians||5|
|Match Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||5|
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
|Total Match Play||5|
|Match won Mumbai Indians||2|
|Match Won by Sunrisers Hyderabad||3|
Pat Cummins was ruled out of the IPL with a back injury.
Hardik Pandya was a notable absent from both of Mumbai’s training sessions If he is forced to sit out, Saurabh Tiwary may be drafted in.
Hyderabad have no reason to tweak their line-up but coach Tom Moody conceded that they were considering a couple of options If one of them is drafted in, it would be for Billy Stanlake.
Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rehman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, JP Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh.
Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Ricky Bhui, T Natarajan, Billy Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan.
Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya/Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.
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.
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