The change of venue has worked for the title defenders Mumbai Indians, while the change in captaincy has not turned the card for Sunrisers Hyderabad. SRH, who have won just one game in the first half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, will square off MI at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi in match number 31.
Rohit Sharma and co will enter tonight’s game after chasing down a mammoth target of 219 at the same venue against Chennai Super Kings. It was the second-highest successful run chase in the history of the IPL. Kieron Pollard’s sensational 87* off 34 squeezed the Yellow Army. In contrast, SRH lost their latest fixture against Rajasthan Royals by 55 runs at Arun Jaitley Stadium. It was Kane Williamson’s first game as the captain in 2021. The selection of the fourth overseas player is a task for the team. They played James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Marco Jansen; however, no one aced the fluency.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will prefer to give another solid foundation to the Paltans. MI’s middle-order has dispatched bowlers for maximums. The Pandya brothers, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, would like to join the others soon as they are languishing in the tournament. The MI bowlers would let go of their memories of CSK batters smashing them everywhere and have a new start this evening. The management might bring Warner back at the top of the order or try out Jason Holder.
Contrarily, SRH have been very patchy throughout the IPL 2021. Their fragmented lower-order betters wilt as soon as they are exposed. Despite Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey and Williamson piling up runs for the team, the middle-order could not carry forward the momentum, and thus the premature perish. Rashid Khan has never been a disappointment for the team. Shouldering the bowling responsibility, Khan has ten wickets in his bag, just one behind MI’s Rahul Chahar, after playing all seven matches in the tournament so far.
Out of their 17 duels, MI won on nine occasions, and SRH eight. The Orange Army cannot afford any more slip-ups in the tournament, but MI, who are back in the groove, will firmly have the upper hand against laggard SunRisers Hyderabad in the match.