IPL 2018: Match 23, MI vs SRH: It's now or never for Mumbai Indians as they host Sunrisers Hyderabad

Mumbai has lost 5 games so far.

Must win match for Mumbai at home.

Its turnaround time for Mumbai Indians big time at home as they host Sunrisers Hyderabad at home tonight. With backs against the wall, Mumbai Indians now need to win potentially every match to make it to the last four. A good victory over SRJH could just be the kickstart Mumbai needs for the rest of the season. 

It's surprising how despite of having a strong outfit Mumbai Indians have always been a slow starter in the IPL. Desperate times calling for desperate measures for the Rohit Sharma led team as he needs to be absolutely pinpoint with his changes. 

Bowling and batting has not clicked together for Mumbai so far. In the bowling department, their over-reliance on Jasprit Bumrah and Mustafizur Rahman has been seen more than once. While for SRH, Bhuvi has picked only 6 wickets so far which has added extra pressure for Rashid Khan. Billy Stanlake being an overseas is not guaranteed a place in every game. That Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to miss out this match for SRH will be another big factor as to who replaces him and if he will have an impact like Bhuvi in the team. 

Batting wise, while SRH has been overtly reliant on Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson in Warner's absence, their middle order consisting of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda and Shakib Al Hasan was seen to break down under pressure circumstances. 

Mumbai on the other has been eagerly waiting for Rohit Sharma to come back into form. His 94 against RCB is the only knock of substance he has played in the first 5 matches for his side and that he has failed in the rest of the matches is a matter to think about for the management. 

As far as team changes from both camps are concerned,  while Mumbai Indians are likely to play an unchanged squad SRH will be missing the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with Shikhar Dhawan for this match. 

As far as weather and playing conditions are concerned, the conditions will be hot and sweaty with humidity hovering around 47 percent with temperatures in the high 30s.


Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to field


Playing XI 

Mumbai Indians : Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman

Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul


By Anshuman Roy - 24 Apr, 2018

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