IPL 2021: Predicted starting line-ups for Mumbai Indians vs SunRisers Hyderabad

The SunRisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians have clashed against each other 16 times, with both teams having eight wins each.

Rahul chahar celerates a wicket, Image credit: Twitter
By Amruth Kalidas | Apr 16, 2021 | 5 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

The ninth game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will be played between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Both the teams have played 2 matches so far in this season of IPL. Sunrisers Hyderabad lost both of their games while chasing. On the other hand, Mumbai Indians won their last game after facing a defeat in the first one. After losing the first match to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the defending champions made a strong comeback by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders, defending a low total of 142 runs. Credit goes to the stunning bowling performance from their leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.

Here are the predicted starting line-ups for both:

Mumbai Indians (MI):

Rohit Sharma: Was in good form and looked in positive touch in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders scoring 43 runs off 32 deliveries. He will be eyeing a good score once again.

Quinton de Kock: Couldn’t quite get going in the game against KKR. But against the SunRisers, the left-hander has more than decent numbers. In nine games, the southpaw has scored 331 runs at an average and strike rate of 41.38 and 137.34 respectively.

Surya Kumar Yadav: Scored an explosive 56 runs off 36 deliveries in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, and is continuing his golden run from international cricket into the IPL as well.

Ishan Kishan: Has failed to impress with the bat by far in the two innings he has played in this IPL, and must be looking to get a promising knock in this game.

Hardik Pandya: Hardik will be looking to improve his performances with the bat, having failed to score big runs in the first 2 matches. He hasn’t been used to bowl for MI, so he is in the team as a full-time batsman rather than an all-rounder.

Kieron Pollard: He hasn’t been the player we know; Pollard is yet to fire for MI in the death overs. He will be looking to improve his performance against SRH.

Krunal Pandya: Krunal has been an important figure in the bowling department rather than his batting. His excellent bowling performance against KKR helped MI cross the line.

Rahul Chahar: After an expensive first match, Rahul bounced back with a sublime performance against KKR. Picked up 4 crucial wickets which helped MI win a close encounter against KKR.

Jasprit Bumrah: The go-to bowler for Rohit Sharma, Bumrah has shown his world-class capability of bowling at the death. He has looked good in the 2 matches and will be looking to continue the same against SRH.

Trent Boult: The lethal combination of Bumrah-Boult is starting to worry all other teams in the league. Considering his incredible talent to swing the ball, Boult will be looking to make an impact when MI takes on SRH.

Marco Jansen: The young South African bowler has been impressive in this edition of IPL. He made his debut against RCB in the inaugural match. The tall bowler is set to take the IPL by storm.

SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH):

David Warner (Captain): Despite scoring a half-century in a losing cause, Warner is one the best openers in this format and the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. He holds a brilliant record with the bat in IPL. Warner failed to perform with the bat against Kolkata Knight Riders and must be looking to gain his momentum in this match.

Wriddhiman Saha: Having failed to make any sort of impact in the two matches played, SRH will be demanding a quick start opening the batting alongside David Warner.

Jonny Bairstow: Scored a half-century in the first game and departed for 12 in the second game. He must be looking to get a big inning in this game once again. The SRH batting line up very much depends on Bairstow to score some big runs.

Manish Pandey: Pandey looks good for an ODI match, not for the IPL. Scoring runs at such a slow rate has actually been a downside for the SRH team. He should be looking to improve his strike rate or else SRH will find it very difficult to chase down or set up targets for the opposition.

Jason Holder: Made a positive impact after being given an opportunity to play. He picked up 3 wickets in the match against RCB. Holder is an added strength to the already strong bowling line-up of SRH.

Abdul Samad: With very less opportunities to cease, Samad is trying to make the most of it. Looks like a promising talent and a great striker of the ball. SRH should look to promote him up the batting order.

Vijay Shankar: He is an asset to the team, who can perform with the bat and ball as well. Shankar has only bowled a single over in his two matches and scoring 14 runs is just not enough for the role he has been given to perform.

Rashid Khan: He has been a consistent wicket-taker for Sunrisers Hyderabad over the past few seasons. Arguably, has been the standout bowler for the SRH franchise in the tournament. In two matches, he has picked up four wickets at an impressive economy rate of 5.25. Against MI, Khan has eight wickets to his name from 32 overs with an economy of 5.22. MI have a power-packed batting unit and the Orange Army would be looking up to their premier spinner to again deliver.

T. Natarajan: He will be looking to improve his performances from his previous two outings. He hasn’t been at his best this season. SRH will be hoping for Natarajan to find his rhythm back.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar: SRH’s strike bowler, has blown hot and cold, with figures of 1 for 30 and 1 for 45 from his four overs in the two matches played. SRH need him to give them those early breakthroughs in the power play which he is quite capable of. 

Sandeep Sharma: Dropped in the previous match against RCB for Shahbaz Nadeem, Nadeem failed to make any sort of an impact in the squad. Sandeep will be looking to regain his place back in the starting 11.

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