Mumbai Indians Vs. the Sunrisers Hyderabad is always an exciting match-up as both sides look very balanced on paper.
In particular, the Sunrisers Hyderabad seem to have all their bases covered but still find themselves on the bottom of the table with two defeats.
This is the third time Sunrisers Hyderabad have lost their first two games after 2014,2016 and 2020.
To make sure they don’t lose three in three, the Sunrisers have a challenging task ahead of them.
They face the Mumbai Indians after a disappointing loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will be feeling good after a fighting win against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Both sides have not looked their best, and both will be looking to plug some gaps in their side.
They meet in Chennai, which is turning out to be tough ground for sides batting second.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad have found it challenging losing both batting second.
In both games, they had their chances but gave away cross-batted shots that found the fielders.
The middle-order has been exposed again, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad may consider bringing in Kane Williamson to find a steady player in the middle-order.
However, bringing in Kane Williamson will lead to some changes in the line-up as the Sunrisers would not want to drop an in-form Jonny Bairstow.
Instead, they may promote Bairstow, drop Wriddhiman Saha, and bring in Kedar Jadhav while Jason Holder makes way.
Jason Holder, however, has shown it may be tough to drop him after a good bowling performance against the Mumbai Indians.
For Mumbai Indians, the team combination seems fine, but the players have still not found their groove yet.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad may also think about Vijay Shankar’s role as the all-rounder has struggled with the bat in the first two games.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad may look to bring in another Indian all-rounder or persist with Shankar while promoting Samad as they did against Bangalore.
Kane Williamson is still recovering from his elbow injury and may have to wait a bit longer to get a game.
He does seem optimistic about returning to full fitness this week and may make it to the side after a couple of games.
Jason Roy has also finished his seven-day quarantine and is available for selection.
With the spin on offer, the Mumbai Indians may consider going with three overseas players while bringing in Jayant Yadav.
Playing with three overseas players may not hurt, while Jayant Yadav has also provided Rohit Sharma with options in the previous two seasons.
Jayant Yadav has gotten limited opportunities but worked well when given a chance.
The move could also give Rohit Sharma favorable match-ups to work with, considering Yadav’s record against left-hand batters.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Predicted XI:
- David Warner
- Wriddhiman Saha
- Manish Pandey
- Jonny Bairstow
- Vijay Shankar/Kedar Jadhav
- Abdul Samad
- Jason Holder
- Rashid Khan
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar
- Shahbaz Nadeem
- T Natarajan
Mumbai Indians Predicted XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton De Kock
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Ishan Kishan
- Kieron Pollard
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Rahul Chahar
- Marco Jansen/Jayant Yadav
- Trent Boult
- Jasprit Bumrah
Pitch and Conditions:
Teams batting second have found it challenging in Chennai.
Both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders looked comfortable in their chases but fell as the target came closer.
They played some cross-batted shots, which didn’t work well on the slow Chennai surface.
The only game won by the side batting second at Chennai this season was the opener, and even that game went down to the final ball.
The surface can be expected to assist spin yet again, and batting may be the safer choice as scoreboard pressure plays a huge role in Chennai.
The sides may however, benefit by playing fewer cross-batted shots on the slow track.