IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Unchanged Sunrisers Hyderabad win toss and opt to bowl first vs Mumbai Indians

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the toss and elected to bat first against Mumbai Indians at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium, Hyderabad in Match 19 of the IPL 2019.

SRH are unchanged while Mumbai Indians have handed out IPL debut for young pace sensation Alzzari Joseph, coming in place of Lasith Malinga while Yuvraj Singh has been benched Ishan Kishan.

TEAMS:

Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Jason Behrendorff, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jasprit Bumrah

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (c), Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul

PREVIEW

Sunrisers Hyderabad are quickly shaping up to be the team to beat this Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Whatever the surface, they have found ways to thrive and succeed. If it were not for a rampaging Andre Russell, they would have won all four of their matches so far. The three victories they have recorded against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals have been quite impressive.

The only loss, in their season opening game to Kolkata Knight Riders, came in a close contest which went down till the last over. Barring that, they seemed to have been quick to identify and rectify their mistakes. Death-overs bowling had been a concern in their opening two fixtures, but the bowlers stepped up in the next two matches. Batting is where they have been utterly dominant, having crossed the 200-run mark twice.

Their latest opponents are Mumbai Indians who have been erratic at best. It’s been a sort of stop-start season for the three-time IPL champions who have won twice and lost as many. Batting hasn’t been a big concern with their average total hovering around 177.

Bowling is an issue though as they have leaked runs in plenty. Barring their victory over Chennai Super Kings, they have conceded runs in their remaining three matches. DC made 213 after batting first, RCB 181 in chase of 188 and KXIP hunted down 177 with eight deliveries to spare.

What MI captain Rohit Sharma will take some confidence from their performance against CSK in which bowlers and batsmen fired in unison. Although, it was mainly due to the heroics of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard that they posted a challenging total, plundering 45 runs in the final two overs. Hardik then starred with the ball to take 3/20 as they won their second match of the season. They will have to do better than that if they harbour to stop the red-hot SRH.