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Defending champions Mumbai, who managed to win their first match in the ongoing season of IPL, again tasted failure against Rajasthan.
They are currently under pressure and will look to get the home advantage when they lock horns against Kane Williamson-led side today.
They had started their campaign with three losses. With nine games left before the play-off stage, Mumbai find themselves in a difficult situation, as they need to win at least seven of them to improve their chances to qualify.
Skipper Rohit Sharma, who experimented with his batting order against Rajasthan, failed to fill the no 4 slot as he was sent back to the pavilion on zero.
Mumbai lack winning momentum and they need to start clinching those big moments before it becomes too late.
On the other hand, Hyderabad, who won first three matches in a row, have lost two consecutive games — first against Punjab and recently against Chennai.
From the start, Hyderabad hasn’t experimented much except skipper Williamson trying out Chris Jordan in Billy Stanlake’s place and he was forced to bring in Ricky Bhui for the injured Shikhar Dhawan recently.
Dhawan is expected to mark his return in today's game.
Meanwhile, before the match, Hyderabad had a huge blow as their star bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar won’t be available for the match.
Here is the probable playing XI of Mumbai
Mumbai: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma(C), Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Ben Cutting
Probable playing XI of Hyderabad
Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson (C), Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Yusuf Pathan, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan, Billy Stanlake, Siddarth Kaul