IPL 2021: Match 31 – Strongest Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Predicted Playing XI against Mumbai Indians (MI)
Sunrisers Hyderabad have made regular changes in their side.
Updated - May 3, 2021 7:08 pm
Sunrisers Hyderabad is one team that has done almost everything to get a few wins under their belt but still not managed to get over the line. They have dropped players, shuffled around their batting combinations, changed their foreign players multiple times and at last, they ended up changing their captain as well.
Here is a look at the predicted XI of the Sunrisers Hyderabad for their match against Mumbai Indians:
Openers (Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey)
Sunrisers Hyderabad took the tough call of dropping David Warner from the XI in the previous match. It was expected considering the calls they had made leading into that match. But, once Warner was gone, it was always going to be interesting to see who would come up with the order to open. As it turned out, they opted for Manish Pandey.
Now, it is not that Pandey hasn’t opened in T20s before. In fact, he scored the first IPL century by an Indian batting in that position. But, that was in 2009. On his return to opening the innings, he scored 31 runs from 20 balls. Bairstow also got a 21-ball 30. We might see the pair open the innings once again.
Middle-order (Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, and Abdul Samad)
It is not that Hyderabad hasn’t bought quality middle-order batsmen. They have a few in Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad, and Vijay Shankar. The problem is none of them is playing match-winning knocks at this moment. So, Kane Williamson will have to shoulder the responsibility once again. The promotion of Manish Pandey, who was their designated middle-order batsman, has caused another disruption in this order.
All-rounders (Jason Holder and Vijay Shankar)
With David Warner dropped in the previous match, Mohammad Nabi came into the side to add to the balance of the side. However, he was used in quite a mysterious way by the newly appointed skipper, Williamson. Nabi bowled only one over and was smashed for 21 runs. It was even more absurd that Williamson managed to keep him away from the attack for quite a long while.
Vijay Shankar also struggled during his spell of three overs, when he came head to head against in-form Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson. Shankar ended with a scalp, though giving 42 runs in his three overs. Jason Holder should come into this side to attain the balance that Sunrisers Hyderabad need right now.
Bowlers (Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, and Khaleel Ahmed)
Rashid Khan was bowled out quite early in the previous match, in an attempt to get the top order batsmen out. However, Williamson could aim for a different strategy for the upcoming match. Sunrisers Hyderabad also needs some wickets from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has not been in his best form recently.
Sandeep Sharma and Khaleel Ahmed were quite expensive in the previous match. With T Natarajan out of the season, Hyderabad might have to continue with these two bowlers. It is quite unfortunate that Siddharth Kaul, who is coming from a good domestic season, has not done well.