IPL Player of the Day - Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians)

Jessica Allison
April 13, 2017

Bolstered by the thrilling last over win over the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians will aim to deny a hattrick of wins to defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), when the two sides clash in an Indian Premier League 2017 match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. On the other hand, MI looks strong after its win against Kolkata which was played in Kolkata.There had been a few concerns the a year ago considering the middle order and too much dependency on the captain David Warner. The wicketkeeper-batsmen was in top form and dealt in boundaries.

SRH middle order - Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting - has already been tested in the season opener against RCB.

The third wicket to fall for Mumbai was that of Parthiv.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad have made the ideal opening to their title defence, winning their first two matches, both of which were played at their home stadium. The first week has seen some of the memories of the last year repeat themselves and one of them was the champions of the last year, winning the first two matches this year too.

Warner and Indian opening partner Shikhar Dhawan got the Sunrisers off to a flying start after being sent in, putting on 81 for the first wicket.

Four of Rashid Khan's five wickets this season have been bowled or lbw. Nitish Rana and Jasprit Bumrah starred with the bat and ball respectively but it was the Pandya brothers - Krunal and Hardik - who once again stole the show with their stellar all-rounder performances for the Mumbai Indians. Team batting second mostly wins the match.

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Firstly though, MI will have to think hard about what is their best team combination. Rashid Khan has been the surprise package setting the stage on fire, Yuvraj Singh has been a total revelation and if the reports are to be believed, Mustafizur has joined the team as well.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3-21. We know how Warner plays upfront as well as Shikhar.

The early momentum paved way for a smooth chase for the Mumbai Indians.

Bangladesh speedster Mustafizur Rahman has been named in the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad to play Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.

For the uninitiated: Fans are advised to keep the ambulance in SOS or bring their helmets along.

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