Mumbai: Struggling to stay afloat following their fifth defeat in sixÂ outings, former champions Mumbai Indians clash with a resurgentÂ SunRisers Hyderabad in a crucial Indian Premier League game at theÂ Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
MIÂ seemed to have found their moorings after outclassing RoyalÂ Challengers Bangalore on April 19 in Bengaluru to end their dismalÂ four-defeat streak.
But it appears to have been a false dawn considering the manner inÂ which they were dumped to a 37-run defeat by Delhi Daredevils, whoÂ thus snapped their nine-match losing streak at home last night.
A lot of work, in re-jigging of personnel and strategy, remains forÂ bottom-of-the-tableÂ MIÂ before they confront the SunRisers, who haveÂ gathered themselves from a stuttering start to occupy the fifthÂ position.
Captain Rohit Sharma had justified the chopping and changing of theÂ playing XI in the matches gone by, butÂ MIÂ have failed to come up withÂ the right answers.
R Vinay Kumar and Pawan Suyal, who opened the bowling inÂ MI’s firstÂ home game against Kings XI Punjab on April 12, were left out of in Thursday’s game at the Ferozshah Kotla.
One of them, at least, appears to have earned the right to bounce backÂ after the dismal show put up against the Devils by Jasprit SinghÂ Bumrah, who was preferred ahead of Karnataka’s victorious RanjiÂ captain Vinay, and his teammate Abhimanyu Mithun, who is yet to play aÂ game.
The bright spot forÂ MIÂ in an otherwise gloomy bowling scenario hasÂ been the generally good show put up by their key men – Lasith MalingaÂ and Harbhajan Singh – after a dismal start against defending championsÂ Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8.
It’s in finding the other bowlers to share the work load thatÂ MI,Â looking for their first win at home this season after making it theirÂ fortress last year, have yet to get it right. There are issues with
the seam attack after the pull-out of Australia’s Josh Hazlewood.
New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been given theÂ all-rounder’s spot off late in place of compatriot Corey AndersonÂ because of his superior bowling abilities, has impressed only in