The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season sees Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the Mumbai Indians at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday. SRH are placed bottom of the pile, claiming one win from seven. The Orange Army is in a mess and things don’t look positive for the moment. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians are buzzing with confidence and the staggering high-scoring victory against CSK will hand them plenty of confidence. MI are fourth, having won four of the seven games.
Going into this match, SRH need inspiration from somewhere. Dropping David Warner against Rajasthan Royals didn’t make any sense. SRH lost the plot completely and were beaten in all departments. This season has seen SRH struggle big time and the players have been a pale shadow of themselves. The management looks out of confidence as well. Only, Rashid Khan has been the actual consistent force for the side. Therefore, MI will want to collect two more points and be more secure in terms of the playoffs.
Mumbai, who have won the last two titles, showed why they are a champion side. They showed huge temperament against the CSK and a win over a top team in form highlights MI’s strength. What bodes well for MI is that different players crop up each time and help the side win. Against RR, Quinton de Kock was superb and then against CSK, Kieron Pollard stepped up and played a blinder. The bowling will need a bit more especially with Hardik Pandya not bowling. Mumbai Indians have the resources to hurt SRH on a track that suits their batters.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
Confidence will be riding high for MI, who are playing a strong brand of cricket. Their last two performances have been telling. MI have champion performers everywhere in the side and can change momentum of games anytime during a match. Spinner Rahul Chahar has been tremendous, scalping 11 wickets so far. With the bat, the onus lies on Rohit Sharma, who has scored 250 runs so far (highest for MI). Going into this match, MI will be aiming to play another solid game in Delhi and earn a third successive victory here. With the pitch assisting batsmen, MI could be in for a treat once again.
SRH are in a spot of bother and it remains to be seen how they approach the game against an in-form MI side. By dropping Warner, SRH dug more holes given the choice of his replacement was Mohammad Nabi and the Afghan player didn’t contribute as expected with bat and ball. SRH need to know what’s their best XI as this is one segment that has seen them struggle this season. They can include England’s Jason Roy, who can form the explosive partnership alongside Jason Roy. They can also bring back Warner. With Kane Williamson now leading the side, Warner can play more freely. Their middle order is a huge problem.
Probable playing XIs: Hyderabad vs MI
SRH probable playing XI:
Jason Roy/David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed
Mumbai probable playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow, Rohit Sharma
All-rounders: Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Vijay Shankar
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of Rohit Sharma and Kane Williamson are a must in the line-up. Rohit has been MI’s best batsman so far despite not getting the big scores. He can be the ideal bet upfront in providing the base. Meanwhile, Williamson has been the in-form player for SRH since he has come in. He is their best option in the line-up.
Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya are the all-rounders who should be considered. Krunal has been terrific and is doing an able job in the middle-order. With Pollard, one gets a top-notch asset, who can contribute with both bat and ball.
In the bowling department, Rashid Khan is a no brainer. The Afghan sensation hardly sets a foot wrong and is a top-notch performer in the format.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain choices
Kieron Pollard The big-hitting West Indian can be an ideal choice as captain of the side. He has 168 runs under his belt, besides three wickets. What supports Pollard’s cause is that he can be a serial match-winner as seen against CSK the other night.
Kane Williamson: For SRH, Williamson is the prime contender with the bat. The Kiwi star is all about elegance and substance. In four games, he has already notched 128 runs and can be counted upon to deliver in a must-win scenario for SRH.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Rashid Khan and Krunal Pandya are two top choices. Rashid’s guarantee of wickets makes him a leader of the pack. Krunal is also valuable both with the ball and bat. He is always in the game and can garner many points. Both players can be effective largely at this venue once again.
Other choices: Trent Boult and Jonny Bairstow.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch has been a high-scoring delight so far at the Kotla. Games are producing scores in excess of 200. Bat first or second, runs are promised here and we could see a run-fest. However, with SRH struggling, their approach here will be key. It will be another hot evening in Delhi. There is no rainfall predicted.
The average first innings score in the IPL has been 163. However, the trend this season has been much higher.
The two teams have faced each other on 17 occasions. Interestingly, MI have won nine, whereas, SRH have sealed eight wins.
MI have the edge certainly over SRH at the moment. They are the in-form side and will aim to make their presence felt over SRH.