Sunrisers Hyderabad, excessive on confidence after its emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals in its opener, squares off in opposition to Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians on the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium right here on Thursday.
Whereas Mumbai will likely be trying to make amends for its slim defeat to Chennai Tremendous Kings at house, Sunrisers will financial institution on the depth and selection in its bowling to counter the customer’s batting, which is stacked with huge hitters like Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard.
It will likely be attention-grabbing to see whether or not the curator Y.L. Chandrasekhar – awarded ‘greatest curator of IPL’ just a few instances – gives one other sporting wicket for the host to take advantage of. Sunrisers conceded solely 12 boundaries and no sixes in opposition to Rajasthan within the first sport.
How the groups have fared in opposition to one another
The tempo trio of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and Siddarth Kaul will complement the wily spin duo of left-armer Shakib-Al-Hasan and leg-spinner Rashid Khan.
Within the batting division, opener Shikhar Dhawan’s run-glut may very well be a reason for concern for Sharma whereas wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will hope to come back good with the bat.
With Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson enjoying second fiddle to the extra aggressive Dhawan through the pair’s match-winning century-stand within the first sport, the beginning of the marketing campaign for Hyderabad this season has been near-perfect.
Can Rohit Sharma match Dhawan’s run-glut on Thursday?
Even when the openers fail to get going, the ‘Indian’ middle-order of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda can up the ante at will.
Alternatively, Mumbai will look to Sharma for a strong begin. The bowling assault comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and left-arm pacers Mitchell McClenaghan and Mustafizur Rahman might want to rise to the event within the absence of injured Australian pacer Pat Cummins (dominated out of the IPL).
All eyes will likely be on 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande after his spectacular bowling in opposition to Chennai.