Date: 17 April 2021
Time: 7:30 pm (IST)
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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Yet another thriller of a contest awaits us from the Indian Premier League this Saturday as the Mumbai Indians take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Both the teams have been part of the two closely fought encounters already but it is the Rohit Sharma-led side who at least have two points against their name after stitching an improbable win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their second match. The Orange Army, meanwhile, did lose by 10 runs in their opening encounter but never seemed to threaten their target of 188 despite having 5 wickets in the bag. In their second game, SRH came close to another win but a dramatic batting collapse saw them losing the game by 6 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. While MI will take plenty of heart from their performance against KKR, SRH would like to take the RCB game out of their memories as quickly as possible to try and challenge the might of MI on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians would have all their players available for selection for this match. However, given the way they go about their business, the franchise is expected to make minimal changes or perhaps go ahead with the same Playing XI.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are definitely missing out on the experience of Kane Williamson in that middle order. With Williamson coming in, Jonny Bairstow can go up the order and open along with David Warner and the likes of Abdul Samad and Rashid Khan can accompany Williamson in the lower middle order with Manish Pandey batting ahead of the Kiwi star. Meanwhile, Jason Roy has also completed his quarantine and if Williamson is unable to regain match fitness, Roy could be a handy option at the top as well.
Head to head:
Given the kind of surfaces on display at Chennai, Rohit Sharma would be a key wicket. The Hitman would look to bat through the innings with other stroke makers going about their job. With his vast amount of experience, Rohit can then take the attack to the opposition during the death overs and if he is able to succeed in that plan, a solid MI total is almost a guarantee. Watch out for Rohit in this clash against SRH.
The magician Rashid Khan would be another player who can have a decisive impact on the match. If Mumbai lose wickets early and are looking to up the ante, it will be quite a task to do that against Rashid's pin point accuracy. He seldom misses his length and has got quite a deceptive googly which can easily trouble even the biggest of power hitters including Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard.
Warner is the spine of the SRH batting. As long as Warner's out there in the middle, there is belief in the Hyderabad camp that they can post or chase any total. However, his wicket has led to various batting collapses which is where SRH need to work upon and maybe add another experienced batsman in the middle to solve their woes. Nevertheless, Warner will play a critical role in SRH's game against the five-time champions.
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen/ Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Wriddhiman Saha/Kedar Jadhav, David Warner (c), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Jason Holder/ Kane Williamsom, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan, Shahbaz Nadeem