With an amalgamation of effecting batting line-up and effective death bowling unit, Mumbai Indians will be the favourite in match 16 of Dream11 Indian Premier League against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday at Sharjah. It will be the first match for both MI and SRH in Sharjah and that is what makes this encounter more interesting. Rohit Sharma-led side will be coming into the game after an easy win against Kings XI Punjab. The Orange Army of David Warner, on the other hand, has bounced back into the competition ever since the arrival of Kane Williamson. But can they continue their winning momentum or will MI put a stamp of authority with yet another win?
4 reasons why Mumbai Indians are favourite to continue as IPL table-toppers
MI vs SRH Reason 1: Fatigue factor
Sunrisers Hyderabad have had just one day of rest between their match against CSK and MI. With so less time for recovery, fatigue will certainly play an important role in the match. Compared to SRH, Mumbai Indians will be better rested as they played their last match on Thursday. What adds more to SRH’s fatigue problem is they will have to acclimatise to the heat as it will be a noon match.
MI vs SRH Reason 2: Sharjah Paradise for power-hitters
Mumbai, in Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav and not to forget Kieron Pollard have a better power-hitting line-up than Sunrisers Hyderabad. They can hit big and long and considering Sharjah’s boundary size, it is expected to rain 6s on Sunday. SRH’s biggest power-hitters are David Warner and Jonny Bairstow who open for the them. If the two fail, there is no one to hit big in Sharjah.
MI vs SRH Reason 3: Rohit Sharma is in ‘Hitman Mode’
He will once again be Mumbai’s X-factor on Sunday. Rohit ‘The Hitman’ Sharma is back and it will be a big worry for SRH. Two 50s in four games including one Man of the Match for his blistering 80 off 54 balls knock has kept him in the IPL 2020 Orange Cap race. Considering Sharjah’s size. Sharma is likely to have another good match.
MI vs SRH Reason 4: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury
To add to SRH’s worry, doubts remained over lead seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s participation in the match. Bhuvneshwar picked up an injury on Friday night and was unable to complete his final over in the game against Chennai Super Kings. He walked off the field with the help of the team physio. In the event the experienced seamer misses out, table-toppers Mumbai will fancy their chances more at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, whose boundaries are much shorter than Dubai and Abu Dhabi and have been a paradise for power-hitters.
Mumbai Indians probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
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