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Indian Premier League 2021 | Assured MI takes on unsettled SRH

Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma.  

Mumbai Indians will look to build on the momentum gained from a brilliant win over Kolkata Knight Riders when it takes on an unsettled Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Exceptional bowling

The reigning champion managed to defend a small total with some exceptional bowling, especially towards the end, a performance which suggested that its loss in the opener was an aberration. Even in that game, against RCB, MI did well to take the contest to the final ball.

Although the five-time winner will feel it has most bases covered, it will want to improve the batting, given it did not manage to post a big total in either game.

The pitch in Chennai so far has been better for the team batting first, and it will be interesting to see whether the captain winning the toss opts to set a total for the first time.

After two losses, both while chasing, SRH could consider defending a score if it gets lucky with the toss again, given it has one of the best bowling attacks in the competition.

The big question

The team has a bit of a headache in terms of figuring out its best combination. The big question will be how it can accommodate Kane Williamson if he is match-ready.

The New Zealand skipper adds stability to the batting unit, an area of concern, especially in the middle-order.

SRH will also hope players such as Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar can bat more aggressively and thus limit the reliance on David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.

The 2016 champion needs to get on the board soon, and a win against a side like MI could be the booster shot it desperately seeks.

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