It is early days in the IPL 2016 and both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians are in the wrong half of the IPL 2016 points table. Having lost both of the matches till date, by sizeable margins, Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Mumbai Indians tonight, who are also going through a bad patch, having lost two of their first three matches.
To turn things around, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have to follow greater tactical shrewdness from their captain David Warner. They should not repeat the mistakes they did before, in the last two defeats, a positive intent and clear tactical analysis of the game holds the key to their comeback.
Showing Positive Intent:
Sunrisers have to show some positive intent to be victorious over the Mumbai Indians tonight. Despite losing both of the matches they played in this season’s Indian Premier League, they will have to keep their morals high and keep searching for their first victory of this IPL. Mumbai Indians haven’t been in a great form too, more or less both the teams are in the same position so it shouldn’t be a tough task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Keeping Pitch Condition in Mind:
This is the same pitch, the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, which witnessed the Kolkata Knight Riders chasing down a target of 143 with ease. Generally, this stadium provides pitches with good bounce and carry, which helps the ball to connect in a better way with the ball resulting a high scorecard on the board, it will surely have runs to offer. Though there is no rain forecast yet.
The SRH do not carry one of the strongest sides of the IPL 2016, but they surely have one of the most underrated players who has unbelievably good talent within them. With Eoin Morgan also back with his firing form in the last match, Sunrisers should stick to their starting eleven combinations.
Aiming a High Score:
Eoin Morgan had a brilliant knock of 51 in 43 balls, this Saturday, against Kolkata will come as a relief and also a big boost for the hosts. Naman Ojha also fought very hard against KKR, scoring 37 important runs for his team and the wicketkeeper-batsman will also look forward to repeating the same against Mumbai. Eyes will be on David Warner, Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Morgan and new acquisition Deepak Hooda and Ojha. On a predictable high scoring pitch with good bounce and carry the batsmen are the key to any team’s win.
Bowling Well to Stop Mumbai :
Kieron Pollard’s poor run of form might get him dropped out of the squad, as Mumbai will probably replace him with Corey Anderson or Martin Guptill. If it is the latter, their batting line-up will be stronger than before and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman hold the key to SRH’s bowling attack. SRH must search for the in-form Rohit Sharma’s wicket from the beginning, else things can get nasty!