Wednesday , February 20 2019

IPL 10: Uneasy Sunrisers face Mumbai guns

Sunrisers captain David Warner has been doing all he can for SRH. He drives the batting charts — most runs most sixes and the maximum score.


Hyderabad: Sunrisers had been flying high for the most chunk of the tournament, ferociously shielding their territory, till one slingshot from a weak Supergiant bowler in Jaydev Unadkat unexpectedly brought them down. Now, they find themselves in a tight corner. With two games to go, the Sunrisers are starting to feel the heat. They should claw their way back into the match.

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Two days after their extraordinary winning strip at home was snapped by Pune giant, they face one more giant of a side in Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma’s Blues are in virtuous rhythm having shaken, distressed and rolled their opponents of late.

The grave 146-run win over Delhi Daredevils the other day could have made them blood-thirsty as they accumulate atop the points table as the first crew to qualify for the competitions.

That just might be the part for the hosts to capitalize on. Possibly Mumbai will rest a few players in groundwork for Stage 2 of the contest. Perhaps they’d go full curb in an effort to gain psychological benefit. The crowds would hope the law of averages catches up with the guests and normality will be refurbished at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday night.

Captain David Warner has been doing the whole thing he can for SRH. He leads the batting plans — most runs most sixes and the uppermost score. Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, and Kane Williamson have rallied about him through but in fits and jerks. Constancy is the key, particularly when you are up contrary to a keen attack that includes Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, and Harbhajan Singh.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has brought the bowling burden for SRH and endures to lead the grade of wicket-takers in the contest. Spinner Rashid Khan has been a capable partner with seamer Siddharth Kaul impending up with decent courses as well but the question is whether they would be capable of comprising the cannons —Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana and that pocket-sized blast Parthiv Patel? They have no choice but to give it their very finest shot.


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