It’s a do-or-die conflict for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Kane Williamson-led side, that reached a final of a Indian Premier League (IPL) final year, stands in a wily conditions this time around, with 12 points from as many games.
And it desperately requires a win opposite Mumbai Indians on Thursday to stay in row for a playoff berth.
With Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals carrying already reached a playoffs, a competition for a subsequent dual slots have spiced up. Mumbai Indians has 14 points and a win here will assistance a side turn a third group to strech a last-four stage, while Sunrisers too needs a feat to keep a hopes alive.
But entrance into a fixture, Sunrisers is though a star opener, David Warner, who has flown behind to Australia to join a stay for a World Cup. Warner had a superb tour — aggregation 692 runs from 12 matches — and his deficiency could impact a team’s chances. However, with a clever batting choice starring captain Williamson, Manish Pandey, all-rounder Vijay Shankar, a visiting group demeanour utterly strong, during slightest on paper. And to supplement to it, Wriddhiman Saha returning to form is another boost.
With a ideal brew of gait and spin, bowling dialect has always been an area of strength for Sunrisers. Even as a spinner, Rashid Khan, is in red prohibited form, though on Thursday, a lot would count on how a pacers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed fare.
Mumbai Indians hasn’t had a conspicuous tour during home. It has won 3 of a 5 outings during a Wankhede and it will be a plea for a side to tackle Sunrisers.
The home group looks good staid with South African Quinton de Kock — 393 from 12 matches — and captain Rohit Sharma — 307 runs from 11 games — during a top.
The middle-order is taken caring of by tough hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, who have been in good touch. But for a home team, it is critical that Surya Kumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya modify a starts into bigger scores.
In a bowling department, Mumbai will skip left-arm Australian pacer Jason Behrendroff, who has also headed home to join a World Cup camp. But with Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga and Hardik around, a gait dialect looks formidable.
Both a teams wish to play some intelligent cricket, though they are wakeful that one slip-up here could lurch their dreams!
The Teams (from)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks.