Shikhar Dhawan’s form is a blessing on the batting front for SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad’ Shikhar Dhawan’s form is a blessing on the batting front for the team though their batting strength was not really tested during the first match. Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad will focus to bank on their good-looking bowling strike to unsettle Mumbai Indians when the two teams stand opposite in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game here on Thursday. Hyderabad, headed by Kane Williamson in the absence of David Warner who is serving a one-year prohibition due to a ball-tampering affair, hardly broke sweat during their strong nine-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals in their opening match.

Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, lost a closely fought match opposite to Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener. Hyderabad proved in their start game that they have the most manifold bowling attack in the competition. India’s fast warhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar heads the line with his wave bowling while Billy Stanlake has raw pace and Siddarth Kaul can smash the deck. The spinning department, guided by Afghanistan’s extremely-rated leg-spinner Rashid Khan, also has the likes of Shakib Al Hasan with his legendry left-arm spin. Shikhar Dhawan’s form is a blessing on the batting front for SRH although their batting strength was not measured during the initial match. Mumbai Indians on the other hand have a star-studded team with skipper Rohit Sharma heading the list.

Rohit would expect a better attempt from his batsmen as 165 on a good batting track was not par for the course. Except Rohit, Evin Lewis, who has two T20 hundreds against India, and the bomb Kieron Pollard would like to display their big-hitting prowess on Thursday. For Mumbai, the greatest profit from the opening game was young leg-spinner Mayank Markande’s performance on IPL first match. He nailed the wickets of Ambati Rayudu and CSK skipper MS Dhoni. Mumbai could see all-rounder Hardik Pandya not play since he got an ankle injury he picked up in the last game. Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai IndiansMatch begins at 6.30 pm UAELive telecast on beIn Sports HD 13

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