The Mumbai Indians will be up against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, unbeaten yet at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. While both the teams won their last games, Sunrisers dominantly finished the game with 5 overs to spare while Mumbai Indians won courtesy Hardik Pandya's last over heroics who scored 29* at a strike rate of 263.64.
The Sunrisers would look to continue their winning form while Mumbai Indians would look to halt the defending champions.
We take a look at the probable XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Openers: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan
There is no change expected in the opening combination of Sunrisers Hyderabad with both the left handers having given them brisk starts in their last two games.
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) April 11, 2017
While Dhawan failed in the last game against Gujarat Lions with a score of just 9 runs, Warner on the other hand was just phenomenal in his knock of 76* off 45 balls which included 6 fours and 4 sixes, during which he also reached the milestone of 7000 T20 runs. Both the openers are capable of scoring quickly, and the Sunrisers team management will not be making any changes to the opening combo.
Middle Order: Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha
Moises Henriques has registered consecutive fifties in the two games Sunrisers Hyderabad has played. He has been in very good form lately and complemented Warner brilliantly in the last game against Gujarat Lions where he held one end while Warner charged the Lions' bowlers. Yuvraj Singh did not get to bat in the last game, however, he murdered the RCB bowling attack in the IPL opener where he smashed 62 runs at a strike rate of 229.63 including 7 fours and 3 sixes. He seemed to be the 'Vintage Yuvraj' whom we all are familiar with.
Deepak Hooda hasn't still got a window to score big but we all have witnessed in the previous editions of the IPL how destructive he can be. He finished the game in the IPL opener where he scored 16 off 12 balls but could have scored more quickly given that he came to bat in the 16th over and is also a handy off-spinner. Naman Ojha still hasn't got a chance to bat, but he can get as destructive as the situation demands.
Lower Middle Order: Ben Cutting and Bipul Sharma
Ben Cutting also has been impressive with the bat with his big hits in death over situations and is filling the shoes of the all-rounder in the Hyderabad Squad. He came to bat ahead of Naman Ojha in the opening game and hit 2 big sixes off Watson in the penultimate over. Left Arm Orthodox Bipul Sharma was economical in both the games. Warner has had multiple bowling options and Bipul Sharma is ought to be in the squad against Mumbai Indians.
Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Ashish Nehra
Kumar took 2 wickets each in the last two games, but moreover he has been very economical in his bowling, not giving any easy runs to the opposition batsmen. He has also been impressive in the death overs which makes him a crucial part of the Sunrisers bowling line up.
We have the first ever purple cap holder from the associate team & he's none other than Rashid Khan. pic.twitter.com/FUFZvLrw8x
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) April 9, 2017
The Afghan leggie Rashid Khan dismantled the Gujarat Lions' top order where he sent Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch back to the pavilion as all of them failed to pick up his variations. He has been sensational for Afghanistan as he is a crucial future prospect. The veteran Indian left arm pacer Ashish Nehra has 3 wickets from 2 games till now and he is also expected to be a part of the squad as Mustafizur's availability is not certain.