Sunrisers Hyderabad finds itself in a difficult situation halfway.
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Williamson replaces Warner as SRH captain
After 7 matches, Hyderabad has only one win and will need to win at least 6 of their remaining 7 matches to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs, which seems highly unlikely at the moment.
What hasn’t helped their cause is a sudden change in leadership. David Warner is one of the all-time greatest names in batting in the IPL, in addition to being among the most successful captains. His sacking halfway is not a good sign for Hyderabad.
Warner’s ax opens up a place abroad
However, after the team lost five of their first six games under Warner management and struggled to secure the right combination away from home, Hyderabad actually didn’t have a lot of options. Under the Warner harbor master’s office, with skipper and main leg spinner Rashid Khan being locked players, SRH was left with just two more spots that went to fit Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson, and the team couldn’t afford only one overseas bowler.
Now, with Warner being removed from the harbor master’s office and even dropped from the game XI, this opens up a niche overseas that will go to a versatile player. After Mohammad Nabi failed to impress in the last game, Jason Holder is likely to take that spot from this game.
While this will certainly improve Hyderabad’s balance, they will find it extremely difficult to compensate for what an experienced chef like David Warner brings to the table.
Bhuvi and Samad fail to have instant impact
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Abdul Samad returned to SRH playing XI in the final game after recovering from their respective injuries, but failed to make an impact.
The likes of Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar have also not been able to do anything out of the ordinary.
Mumbai is starting to flourish
The Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings on the last ball of their last meeting, thanks to a Pollard special. Even then, the team would know they are far from at their best.
Mumbai made some tactical changes to their game eleven in the last game, bringing Dhawal Kulkarni and Jimmy Neesham into their game eleven. Although both players weren’t able to do what was expected of them. them, the team led by Rohit Sharma should stick to them for a few matches.
Here are the planned game XIs:
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Jonny Bairstow (sem.), Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed
Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (sem.), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
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