Mumbai Indians have been in excellent form of late © AFP
Mumbai Indians have been in excellent form of late © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) will look to consolidate their position in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 with another win in the tournament. They have won three matches in a row and will be confident of completing a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as well on Sunday. SRH too have been on an upward plunge in the tournament and will not by any stretch of imagination be pushovers. MI would not want to tinker with the winning combination and should field the same playing XI for this match against SRH as well, unless they face a setback with injuries at the last moment. This will be MI’s first game in their new home Vishakapatnam. Let’s have a look at the XI, who may take field against SRH. Full Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 37 at Visakhapatnam

Top-order: Both Parthiv Patel and Rohit Sharma have been in top form opening the innings so far in this edition. Parthiv has also shown his class behind the wickets and is the most successful wicketkeeper in IPL 2016 with 10 dismissals to his name. Ambati Rayudu at No. 3 has steadied the ship in most matches and his role will be the same for this match as well. He can go for the big shots and also knock the ball around to pick up the ones and twos. Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Match 37 at Visakhapatnam: Preview

Middle-order: The destructive Jos Buttler will come in at No. 4. He has had a couple of good hit outs, but the best is yet to come and it may happen in this match. Buttler has a good head over his shoulders and reads the game extremely well. A lot will be expected from him. Just when the bowlers think Buttler is a threat, Kieron Pollard coming in at No. 5 or 6, could change the match on its heads in a span of a few deliveries. Like Buttler, he too has not made a huge impact in the competition and is also yet to pick up a wicket in this tournament.

Krunal Pandya has clearly overshadowed his brother Hardik with both bat and ball. Hardik may however still hang on to his place in the team considering the lack of all-rounders in the MI squad. If MI decide to go in for a batsman they have the likes of Siddhesh Lad, in the team, who is also a handy off-spinner. If  not Lad, the pace of Nathu Singh can also come in handy. He may be a perfect fit while bowling with the likes of Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah.

Bowlers: McClenaghan has been in excellent form this season, having already picked up 13 wickets. Southee has gone for runs and even Bumrah too has leaked runs. Bumrah will get the nod, taking into account his abilities to bowl extremely well in the death. Southee could however be replaced by Jerome Taylor, who has come into the MI squad as a replacement for the injured Lasith Malinga. Barring the quicks, spinners Harbhajan Singh and Krunal Pandya will ensure that MI keep picking up wickets at regular intervals and keep the runs down in the middle overs.

Mumbai Indians’ (MI’s) likely XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya/Siddhesh Lad, Harbhajan Singh,  Jasprit Bumrah, Tim Southee/Jerome Taylor, Mitchell McClenaghan.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)