IPL 2018: 7th Match, SRH vs MI – Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
After all the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams featurued at least once in the tournament, it was the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) who took everyone by surprise with their strength.
The Hyderabad-based outfit, at their fortress, would be facing a stiff challenge from Mumbai Indians (MI) in their impending match. The men in blue are coming off a defeat against their arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings in the curtain-raiser on April 7.
However, it is unlikely that their think-tank would like to tinker with the combination.
Let us look at the predicted XI of Mumbai Indians:
Mumbai Indians interestingly has opted to open this edition as opposed to the familiar number four position for the Mumbai Indians. Skipper Rohit Sharma missed out on a substantial score at the Wankhede in the opening match after smashing a couple of delightful strokes.
Evin Lewis was undone by an absolute peach from Deepak Chahar. But one must not underestimate Lewis in this format. Lewis also is coming off a decent form in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers held in Zimbabwe recently.
Ishan Kishan showed traces of brilliance in his batting as well as keeping in the game against CSK. The Jharkhand-based cricketer scored a brilliant 29-ball 40 which gave a brilliant start to his team.
Suryakumar Yadav and Kishan applied the necessary impetus into the MI innings with their range of counter-attacking strokeplay. Local boy, Suryakumar Yadav, entertained his Mumbai crowd with his 29-ball 43.
Both Suryakumar Yadav and Kishan could not quite finish the job for their side.
One would expect a substantial score soon from the two brilliant batsmen in the upcoming matches.
Hardik Pandya hogged all the limelight at Wankhede, be it with his shots, his agonizing injury which recovered remarkably or his frustration as the game went down the drain for Indians.
Pandya stitched a vital partnership with his elder brother at the other end. However, it was his bowling which impressed one and all. He ended up with three crucial wickets at an economy of only six.
When it comes to Indians, it is pretty much a guarantee that the Pandya Brothers have to take centre-stage. The duo also have the skills to show for. Krunal Pandya went on to smash 22-ball 41.
Interestingly, his bowling services were not used by captain Rohit. Anyhow, Krunal Pandya will be the player to watch out for against Sunrisers.
One of the four foreign players in the Mumbai Indians XI against CSK, Kieron Pollard neither had a go with the bat nor with the ball.
Pollard would look for more contribution to the team apart from fielding.
Rohit Sharma while naming his team during the toss claimed that Markande has been inducted in the playing XI. Because he heard a lot of good things about the youngster.
Markande was the pick of the bowlers and also an instant find from this season, continuing with their trend from the past decade.
Mitchell McClenaghan, who was retained in the squad as a replacement to Jason Beherendoff, was the most expensive for Mumbai.
Clearly, he went on to tell us why he was unsold even after being an integral bowler from previous years. Mitch is not the same bowler he used to be for Indians.
Mustafizur was the unfortunate bowler who fell victim to sheer brilliance from Kedar Jadhav.
Rahman must not be underestimated at the death, but the left-hander has been inconsistent of late.
Rohit should be looking at mixing his bowling option as he used only five bowlers in the match against CSK.
The likes of Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard may give 4-5 economical overs in between them.
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