Mumbai Indians (MI) face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Match 10 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday. After a disappointing loss the in Maharashtra derby against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in their first game, MI found new heroes in Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya to give them a thrilling win in the next game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). MI scored 57 runs in their last 23 balls against KKR to pull off an improbable win. While Rana was dismissed for a 29-ball 50, Pandya slammed three fours and a couple of sixes to finish unbeaten on 29 off just 11 deliveries. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD, Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 10
Defending champions sit on top of the IPL 2017 table, having won both their games comprehensively. They first thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the season opener by 35 runs and then followed it up with a 9-wicket win over Gujarat Lions (GL) in their next match. Both teams, having won both their previous matches, will look to keep the momentum going. This match against MI will be their first away match of the season.
SRH will be further boosted with the fact that their star bowler Mustafizur Rahman will join the squad ahead of this game, but it is not certain if he will make it to the playing XI. If Mustafizur is not available for selection for this match, SRH do not have to make any changes to their winning combination. However, it has been young Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who has hogged the limelight in this tournament so far. He will be in firm contention to win the Purple Cap at this rate. So far, he has picked up 5 wickets in two games, just 1 wicket behind Delhi Daredevils (DD) leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who has 6 scalps from two matches. SRH’s batting has not really been tested in the tournament so far. They made 207 against RCB largely due to fifties from Yuvraj Singh and Moises Henriques, who slammed yet another fifty in the second match against GL as well.
Openers David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan are in good form, the middle-order too is clicking and the bowlers have been tidy. One would not bet against SRH winning this match and make it three wins in a row, with the same XI. Keep in mind; talented players like Kane Williamson, Bainder Sran, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Nabi etc too are waiting to get a crack. If Mustafizur does return, it will be interesting to see as to who makes way. It is more or less likely to be Ben Cutting.
SRH likely XI: David Warner (c), Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Moises Henriques, Shikhar Dhawan, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan
MI on the other hand welcomed Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga back in the previous match in place of Tim Southee. The injured Ambati Rayudu was replaced by the experienced Harbhajan Singh. Malinga was at his best when he bowled in the latter stages of the innings, but could not stop KKR from getting to 178. MI need their bowlers to step up and restrict the opposition to a reasonable score. Their batsmen have put up good performances in their opening two encounters, but that might not happen against an extremely well balanced SRH side. Promoting Rana to No. 3 against KKR turned out to be a masterstroke, but in all fairness, skipper Rohit Sharma needs to play in the top three so that he can get his eye in. Once in, Rohit is capable of creating havoc, like he has done many times in the past. He has scores of just 3 and 2 in this tournament so far.
With Mitchell McClenaghan leaking runs in both matches, MI might be tempted to hand Mitchell Johnson a game in a like-to-like replacement. Else, they have McClenaghan’s teammate Tim Southee, who played the team’s opening match against RPS. Also, it might not be a bad idea to cash in on Asela Gunaratne’s good form in place of Kieron Pollard. Gunaratne can bowl decent medium pacers and also chip in with vital runs with the bat, like he did against Australia in the T20I series a few months ago. Lendl Simmons too can come in handy in Pollard’s place.
MI likely XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard/Asela Gunaratne/Lendl Simmons, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan/Mitchell Johnson, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Head-to-head: There is nothing to separate these two teams when it comes to the overall record. MI and SRH have played each other eight times – SRH winning four and MI winning four. However, MI have won both their encounters against SRH at Wankhede, which perhaps gives them the psychological edge. SRH won both their matches against MI in IPL 2016 – once at Hyderabad and the other one was at Vishakapatnam.
Prediction: On current form, SRH are well and truly the favourites. They have tremendous bench strength and regardless of Mustafizur’s inclusion, SRH can easily dominate MI. The hosts on the other hand need their bowlers to fire. If they knock off top 3 or 4 of SRH’s batsmen for reasonably low scores, they are could pull off their second win of the tournament.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Kieron Pollard, Tim Southee, Jos Buttler (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya,Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Moises Henriques, Shikhar Dhawan, Naman Ojha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bipul Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan,Siddarth Kaul, Ben Laughlin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson, Chris Jordan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Vijay Shankar, Barinder Sran, Pravin Tambe, Ricky Bhui, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj
TIME: 14.30 GMT | 20.00 IST