IPL 2021: SRH vs MI, Rohit-Rashid to Bairstow-Bumrah, 5 key battles to watch out for

MI will enter the contest on the back of a four-wicket win over in-form CSK. On the other hand, SRH suffered a 55-run loss to RR on Sunday.

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By Amruth Kalidas | May 3, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

When these two teams met each other last time, Mumbai Indians (MI) won the match by a margin of 13 runs in a low scoring thriller. It was SunRisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) disappointing batting that let them down as they failed to chase down the target of 151 and were dismissed for 137. Defending champions MI will be firm favourites to put it past the bottom-placed SunRisers Hyderabad in an IPL game on Tuesday. MI come into this fixture after their four-wicket win over in-form Chennai Super Kings courtesy Kieron Pollard’s havoc.

Here are the top 5 key battles to watch out for:

SuryaKumar Yadav – Rashid Khan

Pace or spin, Suryakumar will take on the bowling. If he is around in the middle and end overs, he is likely to come across SRH leggie Rashid Khan. The Afghan bowler, on expected lines, has been SRH’s best bowler on show thus far, he has 10 wickets to his name. Khan has given literally nothing away while claiming crucial wickets. Can Yadav break the Khan code?


The SRH opening bowler along with Bhuvi, Sandeep Sharma is unlikely to give freebies to Rohit Sharma. He will be bowling in the powerplay overs and looking to get rid of ‘Hitman’ as SRH try to restrict Mumbai Indians for a below-par total or prevent a successful run chase.

Jonny Bairstow – Jasprit Bumrah

One of the top-rated overseas batsmen in the IPL, Jonny Bairstow will be facing Jasprit Bumrah, who is considered the best bowler in T20s. Bumrah would look to get him out early in MI’s pursuit to win back-to-back matches and set the tone for their hat-trick of titles in IPL. Both players have struggled recently, making it interesting to note who comes out on top.

Rahul Chahar – Manish Pandey

Rahul Chahar, who is coming on the back of a game-changing bowling performance, would like to dominate yet again in the upcoming match. Manish Pandey, too, looked in great touch opening the batting, scoring 31 off 20 balls against RR.

Will Pandey attack Chahar and take him on or will he be circumspect against the young talented tweaker?

Hardik Pandya – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Two players who know each other inside-out, having won several matches for their national side, will go head-to-head against each other in this match. Hardik Pandya is one of Mumbai’s finishers and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is Hyderabad’s death overs specialist. They are expected to lock horns late in the innings, and the battle for supremacy between the two could well decide the outcome of the match. Having played alongside Pandya, the SRH bowler would definitely be looking to use the tricks up his sleeve to outsmart the Mumbai dasher.

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