This year of IPL 2020 is nothing like the last year for Mumbai Indians. So far they have played four matches in which they have received defeat in two games. But even though they have lost two games, they are still the table-toppers. After losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the most dramatic way possible, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians ripped past Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the previous game winning by 48 runs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. In the next match, Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Sunrisers Hyderabad and this will also be their first time in Sharjah.
On the other side, Sunrisers Hyderabad, has a similar result history like Mumbai Indians, where in four matches, they have won 2 and lost 2. After their initial losses against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, Warner and Co. have bounced back against Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. So far, their bowling unit has shown great determination to defend the score.
Talking about their head-to-head matches, in a total number of matches played between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad i.e 14, Sunrisers have been proved victorious 7 times and so were Mumbai Indians winning an equal number of matches.
As the match is going to be played at Sharjah, it is no brainer that the ground has been proved to be a bowlerâ€™s graveyard. The ground is small so we can expect large numbers of boundaries from both sides.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.
Quiton de Kock: Even though the South African batsman hasn’t been able to pull off his best game in the IPL so far, his performance against Sunrisers is strong enough to take him as your captain. He has scored 239 runs at an average and strike rate of 39.83 and 126.46 respectively in the last seven matches.
Manish Pandey: In 17 matches against Mumbai Indians, Manish Pandey has scored five fifties. He has 548 runs under his belts with average and strike rate of 36.53 and 127.44 respectively.
Jonny Bairstow: A smart opener who can also take catches behind the wickets, Bairstow can a wise choice of captain for this match.