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MI vs SRH: Kieron Pollard calls David Warner’s absence an ‘advantage’ for Mumbai Indians

When you lose the most prolific batsman of the tournament, there’s no gainsaying the opposition gets a massive boost. Sunrisers Hyderabad have the challenge of overcoming the absence of David Warner, the tournament’s topscorer with 692 runs in 12 matches, when they square off against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday in what is a must-win game for SRH.

Mumbai Indians star player Kieron Pollard didn’t hesitate to call it an advantage to play SRH without Warner.

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“It’s advantage obviously. David (Warner) is a world-class player. He has shown what he can do and he has shown that he was integral part of Sunrisers Hyderabad (campaign). So, as an opponent, we feel good about it that he is not there one less guy who was has been in form,” said Pollard about the Australian opener who had to report back to the national team for their World Cup preparations.

With two rounds to go, SRH are placed fourth on the table with 12 points. Their coach Tom Moody is seeking confidence from their last season’s performance where they reached the final in the absence of Warner who was suspended. Pollard said MI will not take the Kane Williamson-led side lightly.

“But having said that I am sure they have in their armoury a lot of world-class talent to back it up: there is (Martin) Guptill and he has done fantastically well on the international scene as well. Yes they have lost Warner, but we are not going to take them lightly, they are great bunch of guys, they are playing good and consistent cricket.”

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MI has been in good rhythm and if there is one player SRH will be wary of, it is Hardik Pandya. The all-rounder played a blinder in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders, smashing 91 off 34 balls. Asked about their gameplan for Pandya, SRH coach Moody said the only way to stop players like Pandya was to get his wicket early.

“Get him out… There are a number of players playing in the tournament like Hardik, they are impact players, dangerous players. The bottom line is you need to get them out because if they spend time in the middle, they are going to hurt you. We have our plans set to be prepared for the likes of Hardik,” said Moody.

First Published:
May 01, 2019 19:49 IST

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