The formidable Mumbai Indians (MI) side will take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah for match 56 of IPL 2020. Both the teams are coming off strong victories in their penultimate league matches- Hyderabad defeated Bangalore by five wickets, and Mumbai trumped Delhi by nine wickets.
MI are looking unstoppable, even without Rohit Sharma in the eleven as they are the only team who has not lost any two consecutive matches in the league stage. Courtesy of a 3-fer from Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah and then a stellar half-century from Ishan Kishan, Mumbai romped to victory against Delhi. With an assured numero uno spot, MI might look to rest some players.
IPL 2020: Match 56: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad- MI Predicted XI
Chris Lynn replacing Quinton de Kock might be one of the changes in the eleven. De Kock is MI’s leading run-scorer and has given the team a solid start in most matches. MI got Lynn for his base price in the auction and might be tempted to give the Australian a game, considering it wouldn’t affect their position in the points table even if Lynn fails to deliver. Ishan Kishan can handle the wicket-keeping duties.
Ishan Kishan with every game is proving why he must be a consistent fixture in the MI team. Started the tournament in the middle-order, Kishan was pushed to open as Rohit Sharma got injured. The southpaw has performed every role exactly as MI would have asked for.
The left-hander is the second leading run-scorer for Mumbai having scored 395 runs at an average of 49 and a strike rate of 143. There is still no confirmation as to when Sharma will be fit to play. With an already confirmed first spot, Sharma can be given an extended rest before the playoffs, which means Kishan is likely to open against SRH.
Suryakumar Yadav is having his breakthrough season- one where not only he is piling runs, but doing it a strike rate in vogue for T20 cricket. The right-hander has accumulated 374 runs at an average of 41 at a strike rate of 153.
He has shown calmness and maturity in run-chases. Yadav is one of the few players in India who has the 360-degree range. While he may have been omitted from the Australia tour, the 30-year-old continues to win games for Mumbai.
Saurabh Tiwary started the season with a gritty 42 against Chennai where others around him perished in trying to slog. Another cameo of 21 versus Kolkata had Tiwary’s season going; however, it was dented by an injury.
His replacement Ishan Kishan hasn’t put a foot wrong, and Tiwary was benched even after getting back to fitness. He came back after a month for the injured skipper and had scores of 34 and 5. Also, he has been giving his best in the field despite his weight issues. With Rohit likely to miss the game against SRH, the left-hander will keep his place.
Kieron Pollard is currently leading the team in Rohit Sharma’s absence, and he has done a terrific job as a leader. Mumbai have won three out of the four games, comfortably, in which the West Indian led them. He has been tactically smart in his bowling changes and in shuffling the batting order at times.
As a batsman, Pollard has looked unbreachable- he has been dismissed just twice in 9 innings. The right-hander has scored 218 runs at a strike rate of 200, which is the highest in the IPL for a batsman with a minimum of 10 innings.
Krunal Pandya has taken the role of the fifth bowler, as Hardik is not bowling, and he hasn’t disappointed. He has chipped in with wickets at times, but importantly he hasn’t leaked runs- Krunal has an economy of 7.27, which is brilliant considering the batsman are always looking to target the fifth bowler.
He also had played a few quick cameos with the bat, such as the one against Hyderabad, 20 from 4 balls. The left-hander is an excellent fielder as well, shown by his stunning catch of Ravichandran Ashwin in the last game.
Jayant Yadav came into the side for a tactical reason- to target the left-handers of the Delhi Capitals – and also give Hardik Pandya some rest before the playoffs. He did a decent job for his 0/18 in 3 overs. With a sealed playoff spot, MI could give Jayant another game, to bowl him against David Warner with the new ball. Other options could be Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Nathan Coulter-Nile has been in and out of the team depending on the fitness of James Pattinson. Coulter-Nile in 4 matches has three wickets at an economy of 8.78. He bowled well against Delhi for his 1/14 and got the important wicket of Shimron Hetmyer. Also, Coulter-Nile is a better death bowler than Pattinson.
James Pattinson was the injury replacement for veteran Lasith Malinga, and the Aussie pacer has done exceedingly well, especially with the new ball. Pattinson has 11 wickets in 9 matches at an economy of 8.95. After missing the game against DC, he could come back if MI decide to rest their frontline pacers- Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, both have played all the 13 league matches for Mumbai. MI may decide to rest both their star pacers before the important qualifier scheduled on Thursday. Dhawal Kulkarni is an experienced bowler with 90 IPL games under his belt. He could be seen bowling with the new ball against SRH.
Rahul Chahar provided Mumbai with the breakthrough wicket of Shreyas Iyer as Delhi were looking to build a partnership. He has bowled magnificently for MI in the middle-overs, by not only choking the batters but also picking wickets. The leggie has picked 15 wickets at an economy of 7.70.