SRH vs MI, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians to field same XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad still uncertain about David Warner’s return- After suffering 5 losses in the first six matches, SRH replaced David Warner with Kane Williamson. But, the new leader could not change their fortunes in his first assignment against SRH. In fact, a heavy defeat of 55 runs followed as the franchise took a strange decision to leave Warner out of playing XI which backfired.
Their highest score remains 177 and they have failed to chase on a number of occasions. They are without their star bowler T Natarajan while the remaining bowlers except Rashid Khan have failed. The likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Siddharth Kaul, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma have had a disappointing season so far.
SRH have used as many as 21 players so far with explosive opener Jason Roy unused. They need to win at least 6 out of their 7 matches to enter the IPL 2021 playoffs. Assuming their horrendous show, they need a miracle to return to winning ways. If they don’t, it would be the first time since 2016 that they will fail to qualify for the playoffs.
SRH vs MI, IPL 2021: Sunrisers Hyderabad still uncertain about David warmer’s return
Warner’s exclusion, according to SRH director of cricket Tom Moody, was purely based on team combination. The Australian batsman has been in his worst IPL form ever, scoring just 193 runs in six matches. Also, his lack of scoring at a high strike rate has put pressure on the middle-order. The right-handed batsman has scored 110, which is not Warner-esque at all.
“He (David Warner) is not going to be playing in this game and that’s purely a decision based on the combination. We’ve come to the conclusion that at this stage two overseas bat, an all-rounder and Rashid Khan is our best combination. We looked at it very closely. Obviously, Bairstow’s form and Williamson’s form is at a great height and we are very thrilled with the way they are playing,” Moody said.
SRH newly appointed skipper Kane Williamson opened up on dropping the Australian from their starting line-up, saying he is a world-class player and the SRH think tank will hold a number of conversations regarding his return to the playing XI.
“He’s a world-class player and I’m sure a number of conversations will be held,” Williamson opined.
Meanwhile, SRH Head coach Trevor Bayliss completely ruled out the possibility of Warner getting any chance soon. Although a tough decision, he said that Hyderabad would want to stick with the same playing combination going forward in IPL 2021.
“Difficult decision, big decision but we wanted to try and change the makeup of the team. Try and help our bowlers with a few extra overs from another bowler. We have gone with Nabi in this game. Someone like Jason Holder in that middle order will help our pace bowling as well. We want to stick with the same team, rather than dropping players from one or two matches,” Bayliss said.
SRH Playing XI: 1 David Warner, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Kane Williamson (capt), 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 Abdul Samad, 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Khaleel Ahmed, 11 Sandeep Sharma
SRH vs MI, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians to field same XI, Sunrisers Hyderabad still uncertain about David warmer’s return
Mumbai Indians Team News
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, seem to have rediscovered their lost form. On Sunday, they came back brilliantly to chase down 219 — their highest-ever chase in IPL. Kieron Pollard was at his ultimate best, hammering 34-ball 87 to take MI home. In their previous match against SRH, Pollard had scored 35 off 22 to help MI defend 151 against the Orange army.
The only concern for MI is Hardik Pandya. He is not bowling due to a niggle and his numbers are blunder in 1st phase of IPL 2021. He has struggled to time the balls to clear the boundaries successively.
MI Playing XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Krunal Pandya, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Jimmy Neesham, 8 Rahul Chahar, 9 Dhawal Kulkarni, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Trent Boult
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