Surprisingly Kane Williamson is not playing the match against Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 today. Sunrisers Hyderabad have nothing to gain from the match but winning a match against Mumbai would have worked as a booster for many ahead of the mega auction next year.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and expectedly chose to bat first. While this decision wasn’t surprising at all, Hyderabad playing Manish Pandey as a skipper in this match came as a shocker. Manish Pandey did not feature in last few matches for SRH because of his bad form. He has returned to the side as a captain in the match which can still provide a ticket to Mumbai to the Playoffs.
A lot of people thought that Kane Williamson is probably taking break ahead of the World Cup captain for New Zealand. But Pandey revealed that the regular SRH skipper has a niggle. He said, “My first game as IPL captain. Last minute call. Kane had a niggle on his elbow, Bhuvi has a niggle too. We would have batted first too. We will look to bowl first and look to give Bombay little chance. I know they are going to come all guns blazing but we are ready.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Playing XI):
Jason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Manish Pandey(c), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Umran Malik, Siddarth Kaul