Mumbai Indians openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will be itching to give the five-time champion another strong platform and turn his debut into a big score.
After two consecutive wins, defending champions Mumbai Indians will put on a stormy hit and lower-level Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL game on May 4 in New Delhi.
Mumbai will enter the game after their four-wicket win as Kieron Pollard’s blitzing courtesy of Chennai Super Kings.
In contrast, the Sunrisers suffered a humiliating 55-run loss to the Rajasthan Royals, the sixth in seven matches this season. He is also struggling with a transitional phase in which Kane Williamson has captained David Warner out, leaving him disappointed.
Mumbai openers Rohit Sharma (250 runs) and Quinton de Kock (155 runs) will be itching to give the five-time champion another strong platform and also turn his debut into a big score.
Mumbai’s hard work middle order has clicked in the last two matches, which will be quite enjoyable for the team management. Pollard (168 runs), who scored a match-winning 87 off 34 balls in the last match, wanted to leave.
The likes of Krunal Pandya (100 runs), Hardik Pandya (52 runs) and the fiery Suryakumar Yadav (173 runs) could be disastrous on their day and the trio together will aim to set fire to the jail.
Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether all-rounder in Mumbai plays Ishaan Kishan or Jayant Yadav in place of James Neesham, who neither scored big nor managed to take wickets.
However, Mumbai bowlers will have to forget the defeat at the hands of CSK batsmen and start afresh.
The death of the pace pair of Jaspreet Bumrah (6 wickets) and Trent Boult (8 wickets) has been phenomenal and would be a major threat to the batting unit of SRH, which has been inconsistent at best.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (11 wickets) has been MI’s main wicket-taker, but will need support from Krunal, who has just three wickets.
Both will need to keep things tight to include the SRH batsmen.
Pollard, also took two crucial wickets in the last game and can fill in the role of fifth or sixth bowler.
However, there are problems for SRH.
He relies more on his top order, especially Johnny Bairstow (248 runs), but his middle-order has often faltered.
Against RR, he dropped Warner and opened up with Manish Pandey and Johnny Bairstow, with Williamson coming in at three. If they remain with the same line-up, all three have to fire on all cylinders.
Also, the likes of Vijay Shankar (58 runs), Kedar Jadhav (40 runs), Abdul Samad (36 runs) and Mohammad Nabi (31 runs), if he plays, need to score a few runs to grab any chance. Will be Build a momentum.
On the bowling front, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan is the bowler to take 10 wickets, but pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3 wickets) and Khalil Ahmed (4 wickets) will also have to find their form.
It remains to be seen whether Sandeep Sharma plays again or makes way for Siddharth Kaul.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Sesham, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kiron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marcon J . , Mohsin Khan, Nathan Kuplter Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwari, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yashveer Singh.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), David Warner, Johnny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Srivats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Virat Singh, Jason Holder, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem , Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khalil Ahmed, Siddartha Kaul, Basil Thampi, Jagdish Suchit, Kedar Jadhav, Mujib-ur-Rehman.
The match starts at 7.30 pm