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IPL Fantasy Tips – Match 7 – Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians

After a frustrating rain curtailed match in Jaipur, we move back to Hyderabad where the 2016 champions Sunrisers Hyderabad take on 2017 champions Mumbai Indians. Here are the top Fantasy tips from the match.

**TOSS UPDATE 7:30PM – Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out, so I am forced to use an extra sub on a like-for-like sub Jasprit Bumrah.**

Probable Lineups –

Sunrisers Hyderabad –

1 Shikhar Dhawan 2 Wriddhiman Saha (wk) 3 Kane Williamson (c) 4 Manish Pandey 5 Yusuf Pathan 6 Shakib al Hasan 7 Deepak Hooda 8 Rashid Khan 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Siddarth Kaul 11 Billy Stanlake

Mumbai Indians –

1 Evin Lewis 2 Ishan Kishan (wk) 3 Rohit Sharma (c) 4 Suryakumar Yadav 5 Kieron Pollard 6 Krunal Pandya 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Mitchell McClenaghan 9 Mustafizur Rahman 10 Mayank Markande 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Here’s my team for the clash.

Subs Used – 1

Subs Left – 67

Changes –

D’Arcy Short -> Evin Lewis

Rinku Singh -> Mayank Markande (uncapped sub)

Sunrisers Hyderabad –

As far as Sunrisers are concerned, I already have the two big picks – Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dhawan continued his brilliant international form with a sublime 77* against Rajasthan, and is the safe pick for Power Player. He’ll be owned  by most, so even if he fails, it’s not much harm. Same applies to Bhuvneshwar Kumar – although Bhuvi didn’t perform up to his potential, he still remains a potent threat – bowls 2 up front and 2 in the death. One of the best death bowlers in the game, an alternative Power Player – another safe pick who’ll be in most teams.

There are enough reasons to steer clear of others. Kane Williamson, as expected, batted at #3 for Sunrisers. His utility is lowered at that position, and even in a big game for him, he won’t hurt you much with the pace he accumulates his runs with. Manish Pandey bats too low, especially with a top order of accumulators. Rashid Khan’s usual 1 or 2-25 may be sensational figures for his team, but it’s not a huge amount in Fantasy. Not quite worth wasting subs on.

Mumbai Indians –

Mumbai Indians do have 2 games in 3 – it could be wise to stock up on their players, but personally I don’t have enough subs, especially given that I don’t have any players from the next match – RCB vs KXIP. So I’m going with the 1 capped MI player, and the big call was between Evin Lewis and Rohit Sharma. I’m putting faith in the big West Indian again. Neither performed in the last match, but Rohit looked all at sea while Lewis didn’t get much of an opportunity after getting a 50-50 call against him.

There are enough factors to put me off Rohit – firstly, the extra 100k is something that could make a difference in the next match. Secondly, he could end up not opening – a role he’s done very often for Mumbai, and might revisit after his last failure and Ishan Kishan’s success. Rohit Sharma’s two big weaknesses are well known – quality swing bowling and leg-spin.

Rohit can come big, but there’s too many possible downsides

Sunrisers can exploit both – if Rohit looked in all sorts of trouble against the pedestrian pace of Deepak Chahar, imagine Billy Stanlake’s 145kph+ thunderbolts coming from a height of 6 foot 8, on a pitch that had a bit of zip last game. The second is Rashid Khan – one of the finest leg-spinners in the game. Williamson and the think-tank will certainly be aware of Rohit’s problems against leg spin. Rashid was very finely used against Rajasthan, unsettling Ben Stokes to lose his wicket in the next over and bowling Jos Buttler in the death.

Hardik Pandya might have had a big haul against Chennai, but he bats too low and bowls too scarcely to make it a consistent theme. Jasprit Bumrah is another good pick given Mumbai’s quick fixture turnaround, but I’m holding my horses with a sub used in Lewis.

Uncapped Picks

The top uncapped pick for this match is definitely Siddarth Kaul. The pacer from Punjab bowls in the death, which usually means wickets. He has the lowest floor of any of the uncapped players. Alternatively, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are both quality picks – both bat in the top 4, and could provide you with the squad balance you need. They do have a higher upside than Kaul, but the downside is much, much lower too.

I’m actually going with Mayank Markande as my uncapped player of choice. With a cluster of RCB matches next, I know I’ll need the extra 100k – Virat Kohli and/or AB de Villiers are not going to be easy to afford, even as Suresh Raina goes out due to injury. If you can afford them though, Kaul, Kishan/Yadav and even Krunal Pandya are better picks.

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