In this year's IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians have both had successful starts. Both clubs had a rough start to the season, dropping their first two games. But since then, they've also rapidly flipped the script by winning the following two, giving them a lot of confidence going into this match. Yet one of them will see their momentum slow by Tuesday night (April 18).
Particularly MI will be delighted with the developments. The MI team, in contrast to the SRH team, lacked confidence, especially because Jofra Archer was lately injured as well. After suffering their first two devastating losses, they beat the Delhi Capitals in a close game before stomping the Kolkata Knight Riders with the bat. Venkatesh Iyer's century had no negative effects because Ishan Kishan sped to a quickfire fifty to secure the victory. Suryakumar Yadav's 25-ball 43 was the most notable item they witnessed, and it should be encouraging moving forward.
It will be intriguing to see how Piyush Chawla performs against players like Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi who favor smashing spin over pace. Piyush Chawla has been in terrific form to bolster that spin attack. After being pushed to the middle order, Abhishek managed to rejoin the XI. After a shaky start, Harry Brook, who was brought in as a finisher, was moved up the order to start the innings. The decision paid off as the young English hitter produced a brilliant century in the most recent game. Former MI player Mayank Markande has performed admirably ever since he took Adil Rashid's place in the starting XI.
When:SRH vs MI, April 18 at 19:30 IST
Where: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
What to expect: Warm weather is anticipated to welcome the sides. Spin has undoubtedly been a factor in this, but the batting performance has been inconsistent. In the first game, Rajasthan Royals scored a lot, but Punjab Kings were easily defeated.
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