At the half-way stage, with six points from eight games, SRH finally seems to have found the winning touch with two wins in a row.

A resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on struggling defending champion Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Monday night. It is a contest which carries some exciting prospects.

It pits Aaron Finch of SRH (highest individual score in T20 Internationals) against MI’s Corey Anderson (fastest century in ODIs). Then there is Kieron Pollard whose 18-ball 54 for Trinidad & Tobago against New South Wales in a CL T20 game five years ago at this venue is still remembered.

At the half-way stage, with six points from eight games, SRH finally seems to have found the winning touch with two wins in a row.

But SRH’s concern is that some key batsmen — captain Shikhar Dhawan, Finch (195 runs from eight games), Darren Sammy (62 from six) and K.L. Rahul (142 from eight) — have failed to come up with big scores. However, opener David Warner has been chipping in with timely contributions.

Good bowling attack

The bowling, meanwhile, has stood SRH in good stead thanks to Dale Steyn and ‘Purple Cap’ holder Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The fact that SRH has fielded leg-spinners Karn Sharma and Amit Mishra in the last few games is a measure of their efficacy in the middle-overs.

MI, which recorded two wins after five straight losses in the UAE, is going through a bad patch. With four points from eight matches, it seems to be going downhill.

In bowling, MI is pinning its hopes on Lasith Malinga (13 wickets), while comeback bowler Praveen Kumar can add variety to the new ball attack. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (six wickets from eight games) has not been among the wickets and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who had a good run in the previous editions, is struggling with just a wicket from five games.

It is a must-win game for MI, while the home team will look to continue its winning momentum.