Dream 11 MI v SRH
IPL 2021 is still at a stage where most teams are yet to figure out their best combinations, their best tactics and even their best personnel. Amidst all the infancy chaos, the tracks in Chepauk, and the inability of the teams to close out easy run-chases in the last two games here, have thrown another challenge for the captains at toss – to chase or not to chase.
The innings of Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad that went off-track almost makes Royal Challengers Bangalore’s run-chase in the tournament opener a distant memory. That they managed to pull off a victory courtesy AB de Villiers’ brilliance is another point, but that Mumbai Indians had stretched even that game to the last ball is an added reminder that the conundrum of ‘dew v slowing pitch’ will play on.
Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach, believes there is ample experience in his team’s bowling attack to deal with either challenge. However, the issue is elsewhere.
Mumbai Indians’ bowlers have done well – in both victory and defeat – to take their team as far as they reached, especially the spinners who led the way in the win against KKR. The concern though lies in their batting department, which barring Suryakumar Yadav’s fluency, has struggled to come to terms with the [lack of] pace of the wicket.
For Sunrisers Hyderabad, the script hasn’t changed a lot. The bowlers were economical and threatening, and with the bat David Warner provided another strong start, but the middle order’s lack of runs and pace is yet to be fixed.
As Bond suggested, on Thursday, much like his own team, even Sunrisers Hyderabad would be concerned about solving this mystery for the batters after the 10-over mark. None of the Indians, including international players like Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar, have yet provided ample assurance, thus leaving the team with the pressure of somehow fitting in Kane Williamson to solve the struggle.
When: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, April 17, 2021, Saturday, 19:30 IST
Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
What to expect: Even though the scores in Chennai have been around a similar range, the pitches they have played on, have been drastically different. What is unlikely to change though are the two critical aspects of the game – dew and the slowing nature of the pitch despite unseasonal rain in the city.
Head to head: MI 8 – 8 SRH
Dream 11 MI v SRH INJURY UPDATES
Injured/Unavailable: All the players are out of quarantine and available for selection.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have struggled to close out chases in the recent past, and against Mumbai Indians’ bowling attack, it’s only set to get tougher. However, Manish Pandey, who is struggling to score quickly has previously dominated against Jasprit Bumrah (52 runs in 25 balls – without ever getting dismissed)
Injured/Unavailable: All players are available for selection
Tactics & matchups:Rashid Khan may be saved for the death overs given his record against Kieron Pollard (23 runs in 34 balls) and Hardik Pandya (18 in 33) has managed to trouble.
Dream 11 MI v SRH PLAYING 11
Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI: David Warner (c), Wriddhiman Saha/J BAIRSTOW, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan
Of the ten 50+ scores by Manish in the last four seasons, eight have resulted in SRH defeats.
Manish Pandey has batted 30+ balls 14 times in the last four seasons (since 2018) – SRH have ended up losing 11 of them.
Hardik Pandya has scored only 89 runs against SRH in 8 innings, at a strike rate of 80.91
“There are three or four different pitches here [in Chennai]. The wicket that we played in game one is quite different from the wicket we played in the second game, (even though) the scores were pretty similar. I’m not quite sure what the wicket is going to look like tomorrow, maybe pretty similar to game one. Or might play exactly similar to game two. The processes don’t change for us. We turn up, assess the conditions quickly. We have our gameplans, we adjust quickly and have to think on our feet.” – Shane Bond, Mumbai Indians’ bowling coach.
Dream 11 MI v SRH SQAUDS
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad: Wriddhiman Saha(w), David Warner(c), Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Kane Williamson, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammad Nabi, Jason Roy, Sandeep Sharma, Virat Singh, Basil Thampi, Jagadeesha Suchith, Khaleel Ahmed, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg
Mumbai Indians Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, James Neesham, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Yudhvir Singh
Dream 11 MI v SRH Top performers in the fixture
|1.||David Warner (SRH: 2014- Present)||488|
|2.||Shikhar Dhawan (SRH: 2013-2018)||436|
|3.||Kieron Pollard (MI: 2010-Present)||383|
|1.||Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH: 2014-Present)||16|
|2.||Lasith Malinga (MI: 2008-2020)||13|
|3.||Siddharth Kaul (SRH: 2016- Present)||12|
Dream 11 MI v SRH Top performers last season
|1.||David Warner (SRH)||548|
|2.||Ishan Kishan (MI)||516|
|3.||Quinton de Kock (MI)||503|
|1.||Jasprit Bumrah (MI)||27|
|2.||Trent Boult (MI)||25|
|3.||Rashid Khan (SRH)||20|
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