Bhuvneshwar Kumar, IPL, Jasprit Bumrah, Mumbai, Hyderabad,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah © AFP

The two Indian white-ball openers — Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma  will come face-to-face. The other way to look at this contest will be Bhuvneshwar Kumar versus Jasprit Bumrah — two of the finest bowlers with the white ball. In the end, their roles may go on to prove decisive for their respective teams. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) started off their campaign with a convincing win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Monday. They will take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Match 7 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal.

Mumbai managed to snatch a defeat out of victory’s jaw in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). In a thriller of a contest, MI’s specialist bowlers leaked runs in bulk. They were undone by Dwayne Bravo, who by his own admission had played his greatest innings.

MI, however, had their positives. They unearthed an exceptional talent in Mayank Markande. They have plenty in their armoury, in the likes of Rohit, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, etc. to power them to big scores. Mumbai have always been a slow starter in the tournament but continue to remain a threat. Mumbai will look to make amends and bowl Krunal Pandya in this match.

Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s show of dominance on Monday showed that they have accepted the David Warner absence. Kane Williamson led aggressively. Their strength lied in their bowling. From Rashid Khan to Bhuvneshwar, they had plenty in their armoury to choke opponents. Dhawan continued his sublime touch.

Likely 11s

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul

Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Mayank Markande

Predictions

Head-to-head, both teams have won 5 matches apiece against each other. SRH have won 3 and lost 2 against Mumbai at Hyderabad. Considering MI have been slow starters and the mood in camp is sombre after the CSK defeat, SRH will hold slight edge.