David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha, Bipul Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman and Ashish Nehra.
Baidurjo: No secret that both teams have their strengths and weaknesses and it is definitely a clash of titans at the Wankhede tonight. So Arnab. what is your likely playing XI for tonight?
Arnab: In that case, MI opener Parthiv Patel has been dismissed 5 times by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the left-hand opener has a strike-rate of 95.83. Bhuvi has an economy rate of 5.48 against Mumbai. He has also been in the hunt this season, picking 4 wickets in two games at an economy rate of 6.
Baidurjo: What about the man at the top? Shikhar Dhawan has not had the best of times in the recent past. Dropped from the Indian Test and ODI team, Dhawan finally found some form in the Deodhar Trophy. But then again, he has managed scores of 40 and 9 in the two games so far. Also, his knock of 40 came off just 31 balls at a strike-rate of 129.03. For an opener, that is pretty disappointing. He banks way too much on Warner to push at the start.
FOR THE RECORD: Malinga has dismissed him 4 times and the batsman manages a strike rate of just 124.49 against the pacers.
Arnab: Do not discount the experience of Yuvraj. The RCB bowlers too tried to bounce him out, but the end result was a brilliant knock of 62 off just 27 balls with three sixes. He is in full flow and the short boundaries at the Wankhede will definitely light his eyes up. Expect him to unleash the pull if Mumbai go for the short route. Also, the uncapped batsmen spoken about here, Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha, have played some gutsy knocks over the years for Hyderabad.
Baidurjo: Yes, Henriques has been really good. But then, Mumbai spinners would fancy their chances against him on a turning track. Harbhajan deserves praise for his spell in the last game. Even though he did not get a wicket, his miserly spell was one of the sole reasons for Yusuf Pathan to lose his wicket. Bhajji frustrated the big-hitting Pathan and the end result was Krunal getting his wicket.
Also, Yuvraj could be an easy prey if Mitchell McClenaghan and Malinga get a long go at him. Mumbai pacers would surely fancy their chances against Yuvraj. And if the left-hander is dismissed early, it exposes the uncapped domestic Hyderabad batsmen to the guile of the Mumbai bowlers.
Arnab: Spin apart, the biggest positive for Hyderabad this season has been the performance of all-rounder Moises Henriques. Even though he has not set the stage on fire with his bowling, he has been a revelation with the bat. He is the highest run-getter for Hyderabad after two games with 104 runs at a striking rate of 136.84. He also hit two fifties. Henriques has definitely bolstered the Hyderabad batting line-up which lacks a bit of punch in the middle.
Baidurjo: You must mention spinners and Lasith Malinga in the same breath at the Wankhede at least. Playing his 100th game here, the Sri Lanka pacer has 55 wickets here. And he showed his skills in the death overs against KKR again in the last game as he dismissed Suryakumar Yadav in the 17th over of the innings and Chris Woakes in the 19th over. The slower the wicket, the better for Malinga as his slower balls grip better. That apart, MI have Krunal and Harbhajan. So, a spinning wicket is no threat for Mumbai.
Arnab: Well if you are talking of Rohit, I must mention that Nehra has his number. He has dismissed the MI skipper twice. Also, Hyderabad have a very good leg-spinner in Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan bowler has been the highlight of this edition with 5 wickets in two games at an economy rate of 6.87.
Also, the Wankhede Stadium has a history of favouring the slow bowlers. Let me throw you a little stat here:
In 2016, Seamers had an economy rate of 8.14 at the Wankhede. On the other hand, spinners had an economy of 6.73.
Again, in the last game between MI and KKR, 5 wickets were picked by the spinners.
Baidurjo: No argument here. Fizz is a match-winner for sure. Undoubtedly one of the best finds for Bangladesh in recent times. But Mumbai have the depth and the hitting power to play him out safely. The line-up boasts of Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya among others. Cannot ignore Parthiv Patel either, even though he has not had the best of times in recent years. Also, Rohit is playing his 100th game for MI. Expect some fireworks here.
Arnab: Well talking of young lads, Hyderabad are set to get back services of last year's star pacer Mustafizur Rahman or 'Fizz' as he is fondly called. Already two games up, it could not have been a bigger boost for the Orange Army. He is a match-winner in the true sense of the term. Loves using the varities and is a back-end bowler who skipper Warner can rely on. He picked 17 wickets last year and had an economy rate of just 7.83 in the death overs. Not to forget, he bowled 48 dot balls in the last edition. That is a massive number in a T20 game.
Baidurjo: Do past records really count? That is another debatable matter. But yes, momentum is an important factor and if Hyderabad have momentum on their side, Mumbai too would be equally upbeat after snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against KKR. Young Nitish Rana was just brilliant. He already has a name in Delhi's domestic circuit and he showed it once again that day that he has a mature head on his shoulder. 50s are not a big achievement in an IPL game anymore, but the way he got it won him quite a few hearts.
Arnab: Yes, the duo just stood out last game. But, you cannot forget that if Mumbai have won 5 out of their last 7 games at the Wankhede Stadium, Hyderabad are on a five-game winning streak. Momentum they say is a vital factor in this format and Hyderabad surely have it on their side going by current form. They have won both their games this season and in comprehensive style. While they beat RCB by 35 runs in the season opener, they thrashed Gujarat Lions by 9 wickets.
Baidurjo: You got that right. Mumbai have won 5 of the last 7 games that they have played at the Wankhede Stadium and the performance against KKR last day was proof enough that this is their fortress and they are quite near invincible here. What a show by the Pandya bros. While Krunal picked three wickets, Hardik's unbeaten knock of 29 off just 11 balls was mind-blowing. Beware Hyderabad.
Arnab: Hahahahaa! We all know that the toss of the coin decides who picks which team here. But if you still want to cry foul, I have nothing to say. Moreover, Mumbai are playing in their own den and it is Hyderabad who need to tread cautiously here. So, let us get started here.
Hi! I am Baidurjo, cricket correspondent with Cricketnext, and I have with me Arnab, editor of Cricketnext.
While I will be batting for Mumbai Indians, Arnab has decided to go with the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Taking advantage of being the boss anyone?
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Hello and welcome to the live preview of the tenth match of the tenth season of the Indian Premier League, which will see defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
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