On October 8th, Mumbai Indians will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Both the teams have been seriously lacking in terms of performance. Mumbai Indians stand at the seventh position of the point table, whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad is at the eighth position of the table.
Rohit Sharma wants his team to be fearless, and they might as well be at this stage. This is because even a win in their upcoming two games cannot guarantee a position in the play-offs due to their poor net rate. With their key batsmen going off the boil, Mumbai Indians are certainly not in a good position. Rohit Sharma has not shown his best performance in the second phase of IPL as well. Apart from one half-century, even Quinton de Kock failed to make an impact, and will probably make way for Ishan Kishan.
Suryakymar Yadav’s performance has been pale in comparison to the last season. The standout-out performer of last year, Ishan Kishan, has not even featured in the playing XI regularly. Kieron Pollard has been unable to intimidate oppositions as his focus remained on staying more on the pitch. On the other hand, the team failed to utilize the prowess of Hardik Pandya, especially in his key role as an all-rounder.
Mumbai Indians Team
Hyderabad is not having the best season from the beginning of the tournament. On Sunday, they suffered another heartbreak after losing the match to Kolkata Knight Riders. It was their 10th loss of the season. The franchise tried various things to make a comeback but nothing seemed to work.
Coming to the batting of SRH, the middle order has struggled, showing inexperience. The prominent players such as Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar have not been in their best form.
Sunrisers Hyderabad Squad:
The Pitch at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is a two-paced surface. Therefore, batsmen may find it challenging to play their shots. The pace of the ball becomes difficult for the batsmen to negotiate as some deliveries hold up. Therefore, the batsmen typically look forward to focusing on the spinners here to amass runs. Moreover, the dew plays an important role in the outcome of the matches in Abu Dhabi, and so the toss will be crucial. Considering the increased chances of dew, winning the toss and batting first should be the right way to go about things for a team.