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IPL 2018 | MATCH 41 | KKR vs MI | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 41 | KKR vs MI | FANTASY CRICKET PREVIEW

KKR vs MI: The battle for a place in the top 4 magnifies as 4th placed KKR take on comeback kings Mumbai Indians. The 11th edition of the IPL has been an absolute rollercoaster for the defending champions. The men in blue might just need one win to jump into the top 4 after spending the majority of the league in the bottom half. The 3-time champions struggled to finish games in the initial part of the tournament but are slowly finding their touch as the league comes to the business end. KKR vs MI, probably will be the most crucial game as far as the playoff qualification is concerned.

THE KNIGHTS NEEDS TO FIRE

Kolkata after 10 games are placed 4th with 5 victories and 5 defeats. Dinesh Karthik has led his team with a lot of esteem and his batting also has reached a new aptness. KKR’s bowling though has let them down in important games. Mitchell Johnson doesn’t seem intimidating anymore and Tom Curran has been leaking runs in plenty. Where does Karthik find extra motivation? KKR’s squad isn’t the bulkiest either. They’d only picked 19 players at the players’ auctions and that might come back to bite them. With that being said, they’ve got some genuine match winners in their ranks. Can the Knights outwit the mammoth Mumbai Indians?

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT THE EDEN GARDENS

PLAYED

21

PLAYED

8

MUMBAI INDIANS

16

MUMBAI INDIANS

6

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

5

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

2

The two teams met in the 37th game of the IPL this season. MI held the Knight Riders to a nicety and won that game by 13 runs.

Trivia: It’s been 1127 days since the Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians. MI have won all the last 7 meetings between these two sides.

VENUE: EDEN GARDENS, KOLKATA

PITCH CONDITIONS

160 has been the average score at this venue this season. The pitch seems to help the spinners as the match progresses. Kolkata have Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla who have picked 28 wickets among themselves. KKR do rely heavily on spin and this wicket might just favour them. Also, a sturdy contender for the purple cap is Mayank Markande. The young leg-spinner has picked 13 wickets in 10 games and will be a key player to watch out for. At the Eden Gardens, 4 times the team chasing has won. How will this match pan out? Only time will tell. For now, win the toss and bow first on this wicket.

STATS AT THE VENUE

Matches played

66

Matches won batting 1st

24

Matches won batting 2nd

42

Average 1st innings score

155

Average 2nd innings score

143

Highest total recorded

204/2 by KXIP vs KKR

Lowest total recorded

49/10 by RCB vs KKR

TEAM NEWS

Mumbai Indians wouldn’t want to change their winning combination. The team has won 3 out their last 4 games. They’re likely to remain unchanged.

Mitchell Johnson hasn’t been close to his best. The fiery Australian pacer has been conceding way too many runs and is likely to make way for Tom Curran. Johnson has picked only 2 wickets in 6 games. His economy rate hasn’t been the greatest either. 10.28 runs per over doesn’t make him a strong option.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav

MUMBAI INDIANS

Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAM FOR KKR vs MI

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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

SENSATIONAL SUNIL

Sunil Narine has been in scintillating form this season. Both with bat and ball. Narine has been playing the role of a floater with aplomb. KKR have benefitted immensely with his promotion up the order. Narine has scored 198 runs in 10 innings with a strike-rate of 167.79. With the ball, he’s picked 12 wickets in 10 matches. His economy-rate an impressive 7.59. There’s nothing Narine can’t do on the cricket field. Hand him the ball, he’ll bowl the tightest of overs even in the death and in the powerplay. Promote him up the order, he’ll score quickfire runs for you. He’s valued at 9.1 for a reason and is a must to have in your FanFight fantasy cricket team for KKR vs MI.

SPLENDID SHARMA

Rohit Sharma and Eden Gardens make a better love story than there’s any written. At the Eden, Rohit scored 264 against Sri Lanka, 177 on his test debut, 109*, 98* and 84* in 2012, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Mumbai need their captain to fire against the Knights and if he does Mumbai are almost certain to win the game. In IPL 2018, Rohit has scored only 231 runs in 10 innings. He needs to bat up the order if he needs to make an impact. Rohit is undoubtedly their best batsman and he should be either opening or needs to bat at number 3. They have an opportunity to jump to the top half of the table and Rohit has to put his hand up.

DID YOU KNOW?

Dinesh Karthik has never been dismissed by Hardik Pandya or Jasprit Bumrah. His strike rates against Pandya and Bumrah are 172 and 200 respectively. Can he be the match winner for Kolkata?

Sunil Narine has the best economy-rate in IPL cricket. 6.45 in 92 IPL games.

Robin Uthappa needs only 6 runs to complete 4,000 IPL runs.

Russell’s strike-rate in this IPL is 192.85. The highest this year.

SQUADS

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik(c), Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran.

MUMBAI INDIANS

Rohit Sharma(c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan.

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