IPL 2018: Wily SRH bowling braces for MI batting might

After skittling out Rajasthan for a paltry score, Sunrisers' bowlers will be eyeing yet another impressive performance against Mumbai's power-packed batting.

Kane Williamson played an able second fiddle to the more aggressive Dhawan during the pair's match-winning century-stand in the first game.   -  K.V.S Giri

Sunrisers Hyderabad, high on confidence after its emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals in its opener, squares off against Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Thursday.

While Mumbai will be looking to make amends for its narrow defeat to Chennai Super Kings at home, Sunrisers will bank on the depth and variety in its bowling to counter the visitor's batting, which is stacked with big hitters like Rohit Sharma, Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard.

It will be interesting to see whether the curator Y.L. Chandrasekhar - awarded ‘best curator of IPL’ a few times - offers another sporting wicket for the host to exploit. Sunrisers conceded only 12 boundaries and no sixes against Rajasthan in the first game.

How the teams have fared against each other

 

The pace trio of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake and Siddarth Kaul will complement the wily spin duo of left-armer Shakib-Al-Hasan and leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

In the batting department, opener Shikhar Dhawan's run-glut could be a cause of concern for Sharma while wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will hope to come good with the bat.

 

With Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson playing second fiddle to the more aggressive Dhawan during the pair's match-winning century-stand in the first game, the start of the campaign for Hyderabad this season has been near-perfect.

Can Rohit Sharma match Dhawan's run-glut on Thursday?

 

Even if the openers fail to get going, the ‘Indian’ middle-order of Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda can up the ante at will.

On the other hand, Mumbai will look to Sharma for a solid start.  The bowling attack comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and left-arm pacers Mitchell McClenaghan and Mustafizur Rahman will need to rise to the occasion in the absence of injured Australian pacer Pat Cummins (ruled out of the IPL).

All eyes will be on 20-year-old leggie Mayank Markande after his impressive bowling against Chennai.