Preview of Today’s IPL Match (April 12): What is the Probable Playing XI for Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers (SRH)?

Which teams are squaring off in match 10 of IPL 2017?

Just a couple of evenings after they pulled off a thrilling, four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI) host table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on April 12 at 8pm.

What kind of an IPL season are these two teams having?

Mumbai and Sunrisers are, in my opinion, the two favourites to win the 10th edition of the IPL.

Although any team can win a T20 match on any given day, none of the other six sides have versatile squads or quality players right through their first-choice playing XI as much as MI and SRH.

Sunrisers have already proved how good a side they are, by registering back-to-back wins over RCB and Gujarat Lions to begin their title defence.

MI, on the other hand, have been part of two nail-biting contests, losing and winning one of them.

MI v SRH is the first heavyweight clash since SRH v RCB on the opening night of this season.

Which players from these two teams have stood out so far?

Sunrisers have performed as a unit in both their matches so far. But the first Afghanistan player to play in the IPL, Rashid Khan and Moises Henriques have made pivotal contributions as a frontline spinner and all-rounder, respectively.

For Mumbai, Hardik Pandya has played a couple of vital unbeaten knocks (35* and 29*) lower down the order and has looked particularly in good touch with the bat. Another standout performer with the bat for MI has been Nitish Rana, who has played a couple of dynamic knocks (34 and 50). But MI need the superstars in their side, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard, to start scoring runs after two failures.

Which are the players to watch out for in match 10?

18-year-old Rashid has bamboozled the two batting line-ups he has gone up against so far. Even though the pitch in Hyderabad has offered turn and been conducive to spinners, RCB and GL’s batsmen were undone by Rashid’s bag of tricks. The Afghanistan leg-spinner’s duels with the MI batsmen might well shape this contest.

MI’s opponents can make the mistake of focussing too much on Rohit and Pollard, even though they are the batting mainstays. But given the kind of form he is in and his ability to play spinners off the hand, Rana will be an important wicket for Sunrisers’s bowlers.

Who could be the four overseas players for Mumbai Indians in their third match?

Mitchell McClenaghan has been really expensive in the two matches so far, and his conceding 23 runs in the final over of the KKR innings might well see him drop out of the playing XI. In which case, Mitchell Johnson will come in for the Kiwi pacer.

Jos Butter has looked good in the two innings so far and will likely retain his place.

Kieron Pollard has yet to get going, but his place in the MI side is not under threat for the moment.

Lasith Malinga, who is IPL’s leading wicket-taker, is one of the first names on the team sheet when he is fit and will play against the David Warner-led Sunrisers.

Who could be the four overseas players for Sunrisers in match 10 of IPL 2017?

Because they didn’t have to contend with injuries, had retained almost every one of the players who helped them win IPL 2016 and Mustafizur Rahman had been away on national duty, Sunrisers did not face a selection headache for their first couple of matches.

However, ahead of their clash against MI, Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur has joined the SRH squad and is available for selection. The team management now has a decision to make: will they automatically include Mustafizur in their playing XI vs. MI, or stick with the winning XI?

I expect Mustafizur to replace Ben Cutting. On a pitch which will be good to bat on and with the dew potentially being a factor once again, a specialist bowler like the 21-year-old from Bangladesh can make a vital difference to the end equation.

Therefore, SRH’s four overseas players for the MI clash on April 12 are likely to be David Warner, Moises Henriques, Mustafizur Rahman, and Rashid Khan.

What is the probable playing XI for Mumbai against Sunrisers?

Other than Johnson for McClenaghan—a change in personnel which will set up a Warner v Johnson player battle—MI do not have to make changes to their playing XI from Sunday night’s win over KKR.

Therefore, here’s MI’s probable playing XI against SRH: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah

Actual playing XI for MI, who have stuck with the winning combination: 1. Rohit Sharma (c), 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Mitchell McClenaghan, 10. Lasith Malinga, and 11. Jasprit Bumrah




What is the probable Sunrisers’s playing XI against MI?

Sunrisers have been the only team so far who have fielded the same playing XI in back-to-back matches.

However, with Mustafizur coming into the squad, SRH are expected to make one change to the XI with which they won against GL.

SRH’s probable playing XI against MI on April 12: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Moises Henriques, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Naman Ojha, 6. Deepak Hooda, 7. Bipul Sharma, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Ashish Nehra, 10. Rashid Khan, and 11. Mustafizur Rahman

Actual playing XI for SRH: 1. David Warner, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Ben Cutting, 4. Yuvraj Singh, 5. Naman Ojha, 6. Deepak Hooda, 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9. Ashish Nehra, 10. Rashid Khan, and 11. Mustafizur Rahman

What’s your prediction for match 10 of IPL 2017?

You can expect another close contest at the Wankhede Stadium. Both teams are replete with quality players and the team who make the fewer mistakes over the course of 40 overs, will come up trumps. The toss will once again carry a lot of significance, and over the first week of IPL 2017, we have seen teams batting second be a lot more successful than teams who have batted first and tried to defend the total they put up.




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