SunRisers Hyderabad will face defending champions Mumbai Indians in their third game on Saturday in Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad is desperately looking for a win after back to back two defeat in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
David Warner-led SRH have lost both their initial games against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders whereas Mumbai Indians, after losing to RCB in their season opener, came back to defeat KKR in their next match.
All eyes will be on whether SRH will give a chance to Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson, who did not feature in either of the team’s first two matches. While chasing a modest target of 150, the Sunrisers batsmen were seen struggling against Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling.
Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow have hit fifties but their contributions haven’t translated into wins as SRH have faltered towards the end of the match in both their games.
Batsmen aside, leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been SRH’s go-to man with the ball, having returned 2 for 24 and 2 for 18 from his quota of four over in the two games this far. West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder had got a chance in SRH XI against RCB, returned three wickets but couldn’t contribute with the bat as the team failed to chase 150 after being 116 for 2 at one stage.
in the previous encounter, Mumbai snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat when they outdid KKR in the death overs in their second match of the season. The flurry of wickets in the last five overs saw KKR slip from 122 for 3 to 140 for 7, and they eventually lost the match by 10 runs.
Rahul Chahar got 4 for 27 and Trent Boult returned 2 for 27 against KKR and Jasprit Bumrah was reliable as ever at the death as Mumbai bowled exceedingly well to derail KKR’s chase.
The 2016 champions will expect more consistency from their players when they take on the defending champions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Mumbai has strength in his bowling and has top class pacer unlike RCB.