IPL 2020: SRH to continue with Saha, Holder; Jonny Bairstow likely to sit out

Dream11 IPL 2020 SRH vs MI: With two back-to-back wins, Sunrisers will be riding high on momentum when they take on the fearsome Mumbai Indians. It will be a must-win game for SRH, as a victory of their mighty counter-part will take them directly to the playoffs.

SRH in all likability will play the same playing XI which helped them two of three top placed teams Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals (DC). It means Wriddhiman Saha will once again pair up with Sunrisers’ skipper David Warner on Tuesday.

The 2016 champion had taken a tough call to bench the dangerous Jonny Bairstow, to make space for Saha and Jason Holder. While many believed it to be a risky decision, the gamble worked in Hyderabad’s favour.

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While, Saha made an instant impact as Warner’s opening partner, the inclusion of Jason Holder has given them an all-round option. Thanks to them, Sunrisers have managed to find out the “right” balance.

 In two games played, the 36-year-old has scored 117 runs including one fifty. Saha played a scintillating 87 runs knock against DC to keep SRH’s IPL playoff hopes alive.

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Holder, on the other hand, has not batted much, but has made his presence felt with the ball. In three games he has played so far, the West Indies skipper has taken six wickets. His 3/33 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) is one of the finest performances by a bowler this season.

But the inclusion of these two over Bairstow does not mean the latter had hit a rough patch in IPL.

IPL 2020: Why was Bairstow rested?

With 345 runs in 11 matches, Bairstow is the third highest-run getter behind David Warner (444) and Manish Pandey (380). However, the two batsmen have played two extra games than the England wicket-keeper.

His exclusion from SRH playing XI was purely a tactical decision. With Bairstow rested, Trevor Bayliss could now play Jason Holder and Kane Williamson together. This solved their middle-order woes which had cost them many games.

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Also, Kane Williamson unlike Bairstow can anchor a faltering innings, which could help them during crucial games. “Look, we wanted to play the all-rounder in the middle just to give us some more bowling. It gives it another option with five bowlers plus Vijay Shankar. From Jonny’s point of view, that meant one of the top-three batters had to miss out,” Bayliss said.

“Kane [Williamson] has been batting very well for us when available, and the other overseas is the captain [David Warner] so, Jonny was the odd one out on this occasion. But look, with the way Jonny plays, I’m sure he will play a lot more,” stated Bayliss as quoted by Metro news.

SRH would be hoping that this new playing combination they have formed works against Mumbai Indians’ pace attack of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.