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.