The defending champions have started the tournament in their own fashion.
Known for their slow starts, Mumbai now have 4 losses in 5 games but they have won a title losing first 5 games so they’ll still believe they can.
Out of the 4 games they have lost, they should have probably won atleast 2-3 of them.
Every player have contributed for them (except Pollard) & all they need is a combined team effort.
Lewis, SKY, Ishan (wk), Rohit, Pollard, Hardik, Krunal, McCLeneghan, Bumrah, Markande, Fizz.
*Though Pollard has been extremely poor for them this season & also playing as a pure batsman, MI should back him for another game or two.
*McCLeneghan was expensive in the last game & didn’t bowled his fourth over but that’s how he’s been throughout the IPL for MI, he leakes runs but always picks vital wickets. Expect him to play again.
The best bowling lineup of this competition has been struggling with their batting. Shout-out to all those who thought Warner’s absence will not hurt them.(when they comfortably won the initial games)
There are plenty of combinations possible for SRH to fix their struggling batting lineup. (Kindly read all points below)
Dhawan, Kane, Pandey, Hooda, Shakib/Braithwaite/Jordan, Yusuf, Saha, Rashid, Sandeep, Kaul, Stanlake.
*Kane confirmed in the last game “Dhawan will be fit for the next game”
He also practised in the nets & will have a fitness test. He’s almost certain to play unless he feels his body needs more time to recover. In that case, Bhui will play again.
*Yusuf also had cramps in the last game but as Kane said, he’s expected to be fine for this game. If he doesn’t get fit on time, Bhui or Goswami will replace him. (Unlikely)
*Given the nature of Wankhede & number of lefties in MI playing 11 , Shakib can be swapped with a seaming all-rounder like Jordan or Braithwaite but as SRH’s batting is struggling, they can still opt for Shakib purely because of his batting skills.
*Wankhede is the perfect venue where Hales can be played, If SRH plays Hales, Stanlake has to sit out & Thampi can get a look in.
(That’s most likely to happen if Dhawan remains unavailable for this game)
*As everyone know, Bhuvi has been ruled out for this fixture & Sandeep will replace him who also played in the reverse fixture in Hyderabad.