SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

SRH vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the thirty-third encounter

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered an easy win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday, April 18 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. 


Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat first. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got off to a flying start. They added 79 runs in the opening partnership but the middle orders failed to carry the momentum and they ended up putting 132 on board.

Chasing 133, Hyderabad openers also started in a great way. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 66 runs in 5.4 overs. Their middle orders didn’t lose the plot and they registered a comfortable victory within 17 overs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Chennai’s middle order crumbled

Having chosen to bat first, Chennai openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis started hitting from the beginning and put up 41 runs within the powerplay. However, they didn’t stop scoring and their big shots led them to 79 runs together before Watson got dismissed for 31. Another opener Faf du Plessis also got out in the very next over for 45.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for SRH vs CSK

The problem started from there. Middle orders failed to carry the momentum given by the openers. Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, and Sam Billings dismissed in quick succession and suddenly they reduced to 101/5 from 79/0. Apart from Ambati Rayudu in the middle order, other batsmen failed to score big and that didn’t allow Chennai to put up a competitive total. They managed to put up 132/5 after 20 overs.

Rashid Khan’s spell

Rashid Khan is one of the key players of Hyderabad. He has the ability to restrict any batsman by his spin. He has once again proved his worth in the team in yesterday’s game. Rashid Khan first came to bowl in the eighth over. However, he conceded 14 runs in the first two overs. But his third over made the change.

Chennai were 97 for 2 after 13 overs when Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were on the crease. They were hoping for a big score but Rashid Khan had other plans. He returned for his second spell in the 14th over and started with the dismissal of Suresh Raina. He trapped Raina before the stump for 13 in the first ball. 

He again trapped Kedar Jadhav before the stumps for mere 1 in the fourth delivery. That left Chennai for 99/4. Rashid ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-17-2; where he bowled 13 dot balls in his four-over spell.

Hyderabad openers made the winning foundation

Chasing a mere total of 133, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow started hitting from the very first over. Their back-to-back big shots helped them to add 66 runs within 5.4 overs before Warner’s dismissal; who got dismissed right after scoring another half-century off 24 balls; which included 10 boundaries.

On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow started to steady the ship with the middle order batsmen. He took on Karn Sharma for two maximums in the 11th over and reached his half-century in the 15th over off 39 balls. He scored 61 off 44, including three boundaries and as many sixes. However, both the openers made the winning foundation for the team; where Hyderabad claimed an easy win with 19 balls to spare.

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

IPL 2019: SRH vs CSK- Key Player Battles to Watch out For

Two teams with extremely different trends in form clash as the Sunrisers Hyderabad host the Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.


While MS Dhoni’s men in yellow have looked in imperative form and cruise at the top of the table with just one loss this season in 8 games, the Sunrisers have undone a good start to the season by losing 3 games on the trot and languish in 6th place with 6 points in 7 games. They will be desperate to bounce back on Wednesday and would be keen to prevent Chennai from roaring into a confirmed playoff spot.

The worry with Sunrisers, incredibly, has turned out to be their batting, which was firing on all cylinders at the beginning of the season. In their last 3 games, they have suffered two stunning collapses, getting bowled out for 96 against Mumbai and 116 against Delhi. Hyderabad’s over-dependence on openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow has been exposed, and the other key batsmen like skipper Kane Williamson and all-rounder Vijay Shankar really need to step up to the plate, as they face a bowling lineup that has been arguably the best this season in the Chennai Super Kings. Be it spin in the form of Imran Tahir or Ravindra Jadeja, or pace in the form of Deepak Chahar, CSK bowlers have come out on top in most fixtures. One could say that the bowling has taken the pressure off the batsmen, but when you have the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis et al in your squad, one would not be too worried. The Sunrisers bowling though has not been too bad, and the Orange Army would hope the likes of Bhuvneshwar and Rashid deliver key performances.

Here are a few key battles to look out for in this match:

David Warner vs Imran Tahir

This will be a key battle to watch out for. Warner has been in top form after returning to the IPL, and leads the Orange Cap listing with 400 runs in 7 games at an average of 80 and a strike rate of over 140, with a century and 4 fifties to his name. He has smacked the ball all over the park and has often been a sole shining light in a depressing SRH scorecard. However, he might meet his match today in Imran Tahir, who with 13 wickets in 8 games, is CSK’s wrecker-in-chief. Tahir has not only been deadly at snaring wickets, but he has also kept things incredibly quiet with a miserly economy of 5.76. The South African would love to run to the stands in his trademark celebration after dismissing Warner today, and this is a battle that the fans would love.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

Jonny Bairstow vs Deepak Chahar

Warner’s main ally has been his opening partner Bairstow. The Englishman has had an impressive debut season, scoring 304 runs in 7 games at an average of over 43. However, his form has deteriorated slightly, and he has gotten out early a couple of times in recent games, and CSK would hope to do that again tonight with the help of Deepak Chahar. The Indian pacer has been impressive thus far, picking up 10 wickets in 8 games at an impressive economy of just 6.64. Dhoni would hope such form to continue in Chahar who would be key in striking early. This is a key player battle to watch out for.

MS Dhoni vs Rashid Khan

MS Dhoni has lived up to his billing of being the best finisher of the game in this season’s IPL. The skipper has scored 230 runs in 8 games and has an average of 77. Dhoni can dictate the run flow at will, and this becomes increasingly important in chasing situations. MSD’s capability of reading the game and playing as the situation demands have been key to CSK’s multiple successful run chases. However, Hyderabad would draw inspiration from Dhoni’s failure against Sunil Narine in their latest chase against KKR and would hope their star spinner Rashid Khan, gets a similar result in his battle against Captain Cool. Rashid has taken 8 wickets thus far this season and would look to add the prized scalp of Dhoni to the list. This player battle could prove decisive to the game’s result.

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs CSK: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
SRH vs CSK
April 17, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad


Preview

The two teams are coming into this game on the back o contrasting fortunes – while SRH have lost three games in a row, CSK are on a roll and have registered seven wins from eight games thus far in IPL 2019. The Dhoni-led team have been on a roll, with players like Tahir and Faf du Plessis helping them beat rivals one after the other. SRH, on the other hand, have two of the most dangerous batters in Warner and Bairstow, but once they are dismissed, it gives way to an inconsistent middle-order. With their bowling not living to its expectations too, the side is struggling, and they will go into this match under pressure.

As far as the pitch conditions go, unlike the other grounds, win the toss and bat first seems to be the mantra here. The teams chasing have lost three of the last four games played here, and hence toss will play an important role.

SRH Predicted 11 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma

CSK Predicted 11

Shane Watson, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner

Fantasy Team

Both Bairstow and Dhoni have had a good run in IPL 2019, but I have chosen the SRH keeper, as he opens the innings, and hence will have a better chance of getting a big knock. He scored 41 in the last game and is one of the most aggressive players around.

Suresh Raina anchored the innings brilliantly against KKR, as did Faf du Plessis. After the poor form of Watson and Rayudu, the duo have taken up the responsibility of leading from the front, and the same will be expected once again on a tough track, especially if CSK bat second. The South African in particular has scored 128 runs in 4 innings and has transformed the batting attack since he came in. Kedar Jadhav has the potential to play as an anchor and a finisher, which sees him take a place in the Dream11 team. David Warner is the leading run-scorer in this edition with 400 runs, while Vijay Shankar has played some good cameos, but will be eager to carry on.

Also Read: India’s Squad for ICC World Cup

Ravindra Jadeja will be high on confidence after a good knock with the bat helped CSK across the line against KKR. He was expensive last time, but has 7 wickets thus far, and will find the conditions helpful, as will Santner and Tahir.

Tahir has scalped 13 wickets and is CSK’s leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets. He took 4 for 27 against KKR on a good batting deck and will fancy his chances again on a slow and tough pitch. Deepak Chahar has taken 10 wickets and holds a key role in the middle overs, while Sandeep Sharma rounds up my Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Tahir

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

SRH vs DC: 3 takeaways from the thirtieth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Sunday, April 14 in Hyderabad. 


Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, Delhi lost both their openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan within 20 runs. However, Collin Munro scored 40 off 24, Shreyas Iyer scored a 40 off 45 and guided Delhi to a decent total of 155 on board.

Chasing 166, Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will add 72 runs in 9.5 overs. At that point, it was looking an easy win for Hyderabad. However, a 4-wicket haul by Kagiso Rabada, two three-wicket hauls by Chris Morris and Keemo Paul helped Delhi to win another game convincingly.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Middle orders of Delhi performed well after a failed opening partnership

Asked to bat first, Delhi’s in-form openers Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan couldn’t provide the start which they are accustomed to. Both were dismissed after scoring four and seven respectively. Khaleel Ahmed, who was playing his first game for Hyderabad, picked up both the openers.

Read here: KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

However, Collin Munro; who was playing his first game yesterday, started hitting from the very beginning. Later, Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer also joined the party. They took on every bowler they faced. They added 49 runs before Munro’s dismissal for 40 off 24 which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, scored a 40-ball 45 and Rishabh Pant scored 2 off 19 and guided Delhi to a competitive total of 155 after 20 overs.

Over-dependence on the Hyderabad openers

Chasing 156, Hyderabad got off to a flying start. They won their three games out of seven, because of a strong opening partnership between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They both added 40 runs within the powerplay. They both made sure that the run-rate would be normal which they can easily chase.

They both added 72 runs in 9.5 overs before Keemo Paul handed over the first breakthrough to his team. However, apart from the openers, none of the batsmen reached the double-digit and once again Hyderabad lost due to a dismal batting performance from the middle-orders.

Delhi bowlers did the job

Hyderabad openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow added 72 runs in the first 10 overs. At that point, the game was pretty much in the Hyderabad’s court. But Keemo Paul picked the first wicket for his team. He dismissed Bairstow for 41. After that, he dismissed Kane Williamson in quick succession.

Warner, on the other hand, tried to anchor the chase. Paul once again struck in the 16th over and picked up Ricky Bhui’s wicket for 7. After his three-wicket haul, Rabada joined him. He first dismissed the set batsman, Warner by a slower delivery for 51 and on the very next ball he picked up Vijay Shankar.

The next was Chris Morris’ show; who struck thrice in the 18th over and Rabada sealed the deal by taking the last two wickets in the penultimate over. Delhi bowlers did a wonderful job by dismantled Hyderabad’s middle order where they lost their eight wickets for 15 runs and Delhi won the game comfortably.

IPL 2019, SRH vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs DC: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
SRH vs DC
April 14, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium – Hyderabad


Preview

The two sides are coming into this game on the back of contrasting fortunes – SRH have lost their last two games, while Delhi are on a 2-match winning streak, and they would want to extend that when they face a stiff battle against SRH at Hyderabad.

The track at Hyderabad has always assisted the sides that bat first, and spinners have a huge say in the game. In that scenario, Sandeep Lamichanne, who was not in the side that played against KKR, might come in, while SRH will need to see if Kane Williamson is fit and then make changes accordingly.

This might be a tight game, with both sides not short on firepower. While DC have a good middle-order, SRH relies on their opening duo. However, if they are out early, they might struggle – a weakness DC would like to exploit.

SRH Predicted 11 

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Shakib Al Hasan/Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Vijay Shankar, Deepak Hooda, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

DC Predicted 11

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Ingram, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada

Fantasy Team

While Delhi’s Pant is in form as well, the only reason that I have picked Bairstow is that he opens the innings, and might have a greater chance of getting a big knock. He has not fared badly in this IPL 2019 either – even smashing a hundred against RCB earlier – and would want to carry on before he leaves for England in ten days. David Warner, the Orange Cap holder might have flopped in the last few games, but he is too good a player to repeat his mistakes. Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with an unbeaten 97 against KKR, and he knows how the track at Hyderabad will play out – having turned out for SRH the last few years. Thus he will be an important player in the clash. Shreyas Iyer has been leading the side from the front. In the case of an early loss of a wicket, the skipper has the potential to anchor the innings and get a big score under his belt.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for KKR vs CSK

Vijay Shankar has been playing at number 32 and has played aggressively in the chances. While he does not bowl much, his form with the bat warrants a selection. Chris Morris and Axar Patel are the other two all-rounders. Morris has been the most underrated player for DC, while Axar will find the conditions to his liking.

In the bowling department, I have not picked Rashid Khan, as he has not been among the wickets lately, and hence is not a great Fantasy Pick. Sandeep Sharma has been faring well, while Delhi’s Ishant Sharma has been the surprise performer. Rabada has been in fine form, and his yorkers could hurt the wobbly SRH middle-order, while Lamichhane – expected to return to the 11 – rounds up my team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Bairstow, Iyer

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Key Player Battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Key Player Battles to watch out for

Both teams in question have had a fairly successful run so far in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. 


After unexpected defeats in their respective fixtures against CSK and MI, both Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to get back to winning ways on Monday, April 8. As Match No. 22 of IPL 2019 kicks off, we will witness these two franchises lock horns against each other at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

While the Sunrisers and the Punjab team have similar records so far in the five matches they have played, having won three and lost two, the Hyderabad side finds themselves placed at No. 3 spot, while Punjab stooped down to No.6 in the IPL 2019 points table. Additionally, when we look at the SRH vs KXIP head-to-head IPL record – it is the Sunrisers who have an edge over the Mohali-based franchise. Out of the total 12 games played against each other, KXIP have managed to win just three while SRH have won nine. At the PCA stadium, the home ground of the KXIP, the home team have just one win in five head to head games against the Sunrisers.

MS Dhoni’s brilliance in the fixture that Punjab had against the defending champions, had resulted in a 22-run defeat for the KXIP team. Whereas the buoyant Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered a 40-run loss against the Mumbai Indians in their previous fixture. Their performance was horrible as they were bowled inside the 100-run mark, their first time in this IPL season. However, they have a good record against Punjab and also their form in this edition of the marquee T20 league is a great backing to their advantage.

As the two teams battle it out to up their game in this IPL season, here let’s take a look at the key player battles from the night.

Chris Gayle vs Bhuvaneshwar Kumar

While Sarfaraz Khan and KL Rahul, who scored 67 runs from 59 balls and 55 off 47 respectively, in the last game, shared a 100+ partnership between them against the Chennai Super Kings but fell short in terms of strike rate. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle looked out of touch. But as we all know the “Universe Boss” wouldn’t hold back and since he didn’t contribute much against CSK, chances are SRH will face his wrath tonight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who leads the pace attack, could prove to be the Sunrisers’ key to remove the giant early in the game.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for this match

SRH openers vs Sam Curran

The SRH have their key in their openers, who have scored huge in this season and have much more in store. Together David Warner and Jonny Bairstow have recorded the best opening partnerships in the 12th edition of the IPL so far. No wonder the SRH team has looked so formidable this season. In order to stop them the Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will use Sam Curran, who proved to be the team’s best bowler in their previous fixture at Mohali. and he is expected to pose a major threat here again.

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, KXIP vs SRH: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
KXIP vs SRH
April 08, 8.00PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali


Preview

Both Punjab and SRH suffered losses in their last encounter – the home team going down to CSK, while the Orange Army were all out for 96 against Mumbai Indians. However, they are the in-form team and performed reasonably well before the defeat in their respective matches. While their top-order packs a punch, with KXIP having Gayle and KL Rahul, and SRH possessing Bairstow and Warner, Punjab’s middle-order is in better shape, while Hyderabad’s bowling is more reliable.

Hence, on a belter of a track, there will be very little to choose from between the two sides. As far as the playing 11 goes, Moises Henriques has joined the Punjab camp, and he can replace Tye or Curran, while SRH can ring in a few changes. If Kane is fit, he might be slotted in for Nabi, though it will be unfair on the Afghan player, while either one of Hooda, Pathan or Pandey might make way for Bhui or Abhishek Sharma.

KXIP Predicted XI

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye/Henriques

SRH Predicted XI

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan/ Abhishek Sharma, Mohammad Nabi/Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

Fantasy Team

Bairstow has been a bigger impact-player in the IPL 2019, whereas KL Rahul has struggled on occasions against quality players. With SRH having a number of experienced bowlers in their ranks, the Indian could find it tough. Also, Bairstow comes cheaper, which then allows me to pick both warner and Gayle in my side.

Warner has looked like a man on a mission ever since he has returned from his ban. He is the leading run-scorer in the IPL and would want to score many more before he has to leave for the World Cup. Chris Gayle has not yet flourished, but he is the kind of player who will make you regret not picking him on hos day. He can fire against any opposition, on any deck, which makes ignoring him tough. David Miller and Sarfaraz have led the charge for KXIP in the middle overs, and if there is an early loss of a wicket, they can be counted upon to guide the team to safety.

R Ashwin is slowly but surely finding his straps, while Vijay Shankar’s rise with the bat has been one of the highlights of this season. The reason I have ignored Curran is that he might not get a chance with the bat – he opened in Gayle’s absence a few matches away – but with the West Indian back, there might not be many opportunities. Also, the duo of Warner and Bairstow can rip him apart in the first six overs, which makes him a risky pick.

Also Read: Top 3 contenders of IPL 2019

Murugan Ashwin might find the going easy against a struggling SRH middle-order, while the trio of Sandeep, Rashid and Kaul have kept things tight. Though the Afghan has not been among the wickets, he is too good a player to miss out for long, while the Indian pacers have time and again showed their mettle in the IPL.

Captain and Vice-captain: Bairstow, Gayle

SRH vs MI: 3 takeaways from the nineteenth encounter

SRH vs MI: 3 takeaways from the nineteenth encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Saturday, April 7. 


Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and opted to bowl first. Asked to bat first, Mumbai had a rather slow start with their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. Both added 21 runs in 3.4 overs before Rohit’s dismissal. They failed to build a stable partnership as Hyderabad bowlers’ did an excellent job by taking wickets. Mumbai were 97/7 after 18 overs. However, Pollard changed the situation as he scored 46* off 26 and guided Mumbai to 136/7.

Chasing 137, Hyderabad were looking for another blistering inning from their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. But this time they failed to contribute and departed within the powerplay. Later, Alzarri Joseph’s 6-wicket haul bundled Hyderabad within 96; registering a win by 40 runs.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Pollard’s power hitting in death overs

Asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians was struggling at 97/7 in 18 overs and apart from Kieron Pollard, other batsmen were on the dugout by then. But Pollard had some other plans. he took on Siddarth Kaul and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the final two overs.

He smashed three sixes off Kaul in the penultimate over and managed 20 runs. In the final over, he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two boundaries and a six, managing 19 runs. He scored 39 runs in the final two overs. His heroics powered Mumbai to 136/7.

Also Read: The Fantasy Guide for RR vs KKR

An off-day for Hyderabad openers

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s run score or run-chase mostly dependent on the openers- David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. They had previous partnerships of 118, 110, 185 and 64 in the four matches.

Both of them started with that mindset only and put up 27 runs in the first three overs. To stop the run-flow, Rohit Sharma introduced Rahul Chahar in the 4th over where Chahar cleaned up Bairstow for 16 off 10. Bairstow hit an outside off delivery; resulting in a top-edge which landed in the hand of Bumrah at short third man region.

In the next over, Alzarri Joseph dismissed David Warner for 15 runs. For the first time in this season, both the openers got out within the powerplay. SRH reduced to 33/2 within the powerplay. From then, they never bounced back in the game.

Alzarri Joseph’s dream debut in IPL

West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph replaced injured Adam Milne in the Mumbai Indians’ squad and made his IPL debut yesterday, against Hyderabad. It is a dream debut for him no doubt. 

He dismissed Warner on the very first delivery. He picked up Vijay Shankar in his second over for 5. Later, he picked up Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan in the consecutive deliveries in the 16th over and Sandeep Sharma and Siddarth Kaul in his final over and ended his spell with the figures of 3.4-1-12-6. His brilliant spell bowled out Hyderabad within 96 on board.

Once again Hyderabad’s middle-order failed to resurrect the innings after the openers’ early dismissal. They need to settle things early before the next game so that they could win.

IPL 2019, Match 19: SRH vs MI- Key player battles to watch out for

IPL 2019, MI vs CSK: Key Player battles to watch out for

Mumbai Indians visit top-of-the-table Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad in Sunday’s second match. 


The Sunrisers have been in top form this season, with a close-run defeat against KKR in their opening game their only blip in a free-scoring season which has seen them win the three subsequent games on the trot. Mumbai, meanwhile, have blown hot and cold, with 2 victories and defeats apiece. However, beating the Chennai Super Kings in their last encounter will give them momentum coming into the game as they face the mighty men in orange.

Sunrisers have been firing on all cylinders, especially at the top of the order. Jonny Bairstow and David Warner have been in scintillating form match after match, with an average opening stand of nearly 120 runs this season, and both sit pretty at the top of the Orange Cap standings. But the worries do not end there for Mumbai. Such has been the strength of the Hyderabad team that Kane Williamson has been given a lengthy rest in his recovery from injury, with the Afghan allrounders Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan filling the remaining of the foreign quota. Add to the mix the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, and Sandeep Sharma, and the completeness of the team is evident and a middle order boasting of the likes of Vijay Shankar and Manish Pandey, and the completeness of the team is evident.

Mumbai meanwhile have been erratic in their execution in the 4 games they have played, but there is no doubting the talent in the squad. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Yuvraj Singh have all looked in good nick in different games, but have not shown real consistency. The Pandya brothers, would, of course, be key with their big hitting and useful bowling, as would be Kieron Pollard. The bowling though has been on the expensive side, with the exception of Jasprit Bumrah, who has been excellent as usual. The inclusion of Jason Behrendorff from the last game have provided the Indians a big boost.

Here are the key battles in the game to watch out for:

Jonny Bairstow vs Jasprit Bumrah

Well, truth be told, either of Bairstow or Warner could have been included here. But, considering the recent marauding form, we have gone ahead with the Englishman, who has usually taken the onus to be the aggressor at the top. Bairstow has 246 runs in his 4 games, at an imperious strike rate of 167.34. The Sunrisers opening stand has been impermeable till now, and Mumbai would be depending on their best bowler to get an early dismissal. Bumrah, as usual, has been incredibly economical at 7.02 but would look to add to his 4 wickets this season to give Mumbai a chance.

Also Read: Fantasy Guide for this match

Rohit Sharma vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

The battle of the captains. Rohit Sharma has not really fired this IPL, with the exception of a 48 scored against Bangalore. He, however, is key to the Mumbai innings. Mumbai need to get a good opening partnership going a la their opponents today. Thus, it is essential for Rohit to stitch together a partnership with Quinton de Kock at the top. Facing him would be his counterpart Bhuvi, who has not been in the best of form. The right-armer has picked just 2 wickets at an economy of 9.60 and would look to change all that and strike early into the Mumbai innings.

Hardik Pandya vs Rashid Khan

The two enigmatic all-rounders, Hardik Pandya, and Rashid Khan can be called the trump cards of the respective teams. Hardik has been incredibly vital at the final overs of the Mumbai innings, with quickfire knocks to push his team’s overall to more respectable numbers. With a strike rate of 204.65, it is essential to keep him quiet if the Sunrisers do not wish to leak 20-30 runs too many at the death. And that responsibility shall fall on Afghan talisman Rashid, whose economy of 5.81 this season shows exactly how quiet he can keep opposing batsmen. He has been the calling card at the death and will look to outfox and dismiss Hardik to make it advantage Hyderabad.

IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Fantasy Team Predictions

IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Fantasy Team Predictions

Match Details
SRH vs MI
April 06, 8.00PM IST
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad 


Preview

Both MI and SRH are coming into the game with a win under their belt – while MI defeated defending champions CSK by 37 runs, SRH are on a three-match unbeaten spree and will want to continue their run at home. The track here has played contrary to predictions – unlike the slow wickets that we have seen over the years, the wicket this year has been a good batting surface that has stayed true through the game.

With both sides having a number of big-hitters, one can be in for a treat, and expecting a score around 185 by the team that bats first should not be asking for too much. However, both teams will be worried about the form of their middle order – players like Yuvi, Pollard, Yusuf Pathan, and Manish Pandey have not yet clicked, and both SRH and MI would hope for that to change.

While SRH are likely to go into the game unchanged, MI will have to replace Malinga as he has flown back to Sri Lanka. Mitchell McClenaghan might replace him.

SRH PLaying XI (Predicted)

David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

MI Playing XI (Predicted)

Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Fantasy Team

I have picked Bairstow as he is in a purple patch currently, which makes it tough to overlook him. Though Quinton de Kock has also fared well, Bairstow is a better player of spin, and with the opposition having players like Krunal Pandya, the opener could cause some damage again.

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David Warner is the highest run-scorer in the tournament and has scored his runs at a strike-rate of more than 1660. Though he failed against Delhi in the last game, he is now back playing on familiar territory, which should give him a lot of confidence. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav have been the other two consistent players for MI this season besides Quinton de Kock, and on a good batting surface, they would be eager to get a big knock.

The all-rounder’s section sees Mohammad Nabi missing out. Though he might pick wickets, he might not get a chance to bat – and if he does, he might face only a few deliveries. Hence that drastically reduces his point-scoring abilities. Shankar might not bowl, but he has been coming at number 3, and if there is an early loss of a wicket, the Team India player will get a chance to get a big score. The two Pandya brothers are must-haves.

The bowling is SRH-heavy. Rashid Khan has been economical this year, and he is the kind of player who can get wickets in any situation. Sandeep and Kaul have gelled well together and have been the mainstays in the pace department with Bhuvi failing to perform as per expectations. Behrendorff completes the Dream11 team.

Captain and Vice-captain: Warner, Krunal Pandya