Mumbai, May 2 -- As Sunrisers Hyderabad gear up to face Mumbai Indians in a battle to confirm an IPL playoff spot, Vijay Shankar will be one of the players in the spotlight.

With their main run-getters of the season, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, back home for national duty with the World Cup approaching, SRH will look up to the all-rounder to lead the way at this crucial juncture in the tournament.

The stakes will be high in Thursday's game at the Wankhede Stadium. It's a fight between the third and fourth-placed sides. Hosts MI are on 14 points from 12 games, and a win will help catch up with the second-placed team, either Delhi Capitals or Chennai Super Kings, who were on 16 points ahead of their clash on Wednesday. If SRH win, they...