Being the table-toppers currently of IPL 2020 after their victory over Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians would be aiming to extend their hold when they face SunRisers Hyderabad on Sunday in Sharjah. It would be the first match that both the teams play in Sharjah, which has witnessed a truckload of runs and been relentless to the bowlers.
Mumbai Indians, who suffered a super over loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, came back tremendously well against Kings XI Punjab. The biggest positive from their camp is the red-hot form of Kieron Pollard, who has played game-changing knocks in the past two games. It would be interesting to see how their pace bowlers perform, having displayed some signs of inconsistency.
We take a look at Mumbai Indians’ predicted eleven ahead of their IPL 2020 game against SunRisers Hyderabad:
Quinton De Kock (wk):
Quinton De Kock began his IPL 2020 with a quick-fire 33 off 20 deliveries against Chennai Super Kings. Following that, Quinton De Kock’s highest score has been 14 in the next three games. Against Kings XI Punjab, the southpaw departed for a five-ball duck. However, keeping in mind De Kock’s potential and his performance behind the stumps, he is likely to keep his place.
Rohit Sharma (c):
Following his innings of 80 against Kolkata Knight Riders, Rohit Sharma played another significant knock of 70 against Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi. Rohit Sharma began relatively slow and gradually picked up the pace to drive Mumbai Indians forward. The right-handed batsman lost his wicket to Mohammed Shami.
Suryakumar Yadav experienced a highly unfortunate run out against Kings XI Punjab following a direct hit from Mohammed Shami. However, he displayed some brilliance on the field while at backward point. Suryakumar Yadav is a gifted stroke player, proficient in finding gaps and has etched his place at the number three spot.
After his glorious innings of 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Ishan Kishan had a challenging time against Kings XI Punjab. While he assisted Rohit Sharma in the partnership of 62 following early losses, he made a rusty 28 off 32 balls that only had a boundary and six. However, Mumbai Indians will most likely persist with him.
Kieron Pollard has taken off from where he left in this year’s edition of Caribbean Premier League (CPL). After cracking a timely fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kieron Pollard played another whirlwind knock against Kings XI Punjab. For his 47 off 30 deliveries at the back end, the towering all-rounder got the man of the match award. Pollard will indeed fancy the shorter boundaries in Sharjah.
Hardik Pandya partnered Kieron Pollard on Thursday against Kings XI Punjab to deliver the finish that he has always promised. Hardik Pandya arrived at the crease after Rohit Sharma’s departure and hammered three fours and two sixes, finishing unbeaten at 30 off 11 deliveries. Along with Pollard, he added 67 off only 23 deliveries as Mumbai Indians finished with 191.
Krunal Pandya delivered a brilliant spell of bowling against Kings XI Punjab. When Rohit Sharma brought Krunal Pandya in the fourth over of the innings, Kings XI Punjab had lost only one wicket but on track. Pandya not only claimed the scalp of Karun Nair but also gave away only 27 runs in his four overs.
James Pattinson went quite expensive and wicketless against Royal Challengers Bangalore; however, made up for it against Kings XI Punjab. James Pattinson claimed a couple of wickets and gave away only 28 runs in four overs. The Australian speedster removed Nicholas Pooran and Sarfaraz Khan to give his side an upper hand.
Rahul Chahar, who is the only frontline spinner with a reasonable amount of experience, did exceptionally well against Kings XI Punjab. In four wickets, Rahul Chahar claimed the scalps of Glenn Maxwell and KL Rahul, both of who were crucial for Kings XI Punjab in the chase. He would be under scanner n Sharjah, where the boundaries are very short.
Mumbai Indians’ new-ball bowler Trent Boult was the most expensive one against Kings XI Punjab as he leaked 42 runs in four overs for only one wicket. However, Trent Boult is exceptional with the new ball and delivering the wicked in-swinger. Rohit Sharma would feel tempted to unleash him against David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.
Jasprit Bumrah was the most economical bowler against Kings XI Punjab, bowling with confidence, pace, and venom. In his four overs, he leaked only 18 runs and picked up two wickets in the form of Mayank Agarwal and James Neesham. It would be interesting to see how he alters his plans against David Warner and Jonny Bairstow amid the short boundaries and a batting paradise in Sharjah.