Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will hos the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday. Both teams have suffered two defeats so far and will want to get back to winning ways as quickly as they can.
However, the visitors have managed to win one match against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last week at Eden Gardens. Coach Ricky Ponting will want his side to put up a similar performance against a desperate SRH side.
Both SRH and Mumbai Indians will be looking for a win and collect two crucial points. SRH will be a little more desperate as they are yet to open their account in the IPL 2016 points table.
Ahead of this crucial clash, let us take a look at some of the players who can make an impact in this game:
David Warner: Being the skipper of the side, he has to lead from the front and he has tried hard to do so. Unfortunately, the other batsmen in his side have not stepped up to the plate to support their captain. Warner looked really dangerous against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their last game but his half-century went in vain as his teammates could not help him. We are all aware of Warner's capability and the Mumbai Indians bowlers will be wary of that as well.
Mustafizur Rahman: Just like Warner, Mustafizur Rahman has been their most economical bowler in the IPL 2016. This is his maiden IPL and he has already picked up three wickets with an economy rate of 6.87. The cutter master will be a crucial member in the SRH playing XI when they will take the field against Mumbai Indians on Monday.
Rohit Sharma: The Mumbai Indians captain also has to lead from the front if he will want his side to get back to winning ways. He has played a wonderful knock against the KKR at Eden Gardens but has failed terribly in the other two matches. For Rohit, consistency will be the key and he has to score runs at the top of the order. Also, he has to be spot on with his decisions on the field.
Jos Buttler: The English wicket-keeping batsman has been a good acquisition so far. He can hit the ball a long way into the stands and SRH bowlers should have a plan ready for this hard-hitting batsman. If he gets going, the boundaries may look irrelevant. But Buttler too, has not been at his best. We have only seen glimpses of his brilliance in the IPL 2016. He needs to show the entire picture.