KKR vs MI: It is Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in match 47 of the Indian Premier League (IPL), at the Eden Gardens. While hosts KKR are currently struggling in the tournament, Mumbai Indians are on a high, with their eyes set on topping the points table. They are currently ranked 2nd, after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a gap of 2 points. Since MI has a positive run-rate, their win against KKR might certainly put them on the top.
KKR & MI had contrasting starts to their tournament. While the Knight Riders had a great start with 4 wins out of their first 5 games, MI was still trying to find some pace in their momentum. However, both the teams shifted their gears drastically, as one went on to lose 6 straight matches, while the other has seen a drastic upswing, with 7 wins out of 11 matches.
THE STORY SO FAR
A win here today will make Mumbai Indians the 2nd team to qualify for the playoffs, after CSK. MI would be looking to seal this opportunity and get into the playoffs, as the last leg of the league campaign generally tends to get more competitive. MI could, by all means, do that, since it is currently in a very good form. Their captain Rohit Sharma is also amongst runs now, scoring 67 runs. It won’t just be a playoff berth for MI, they will also be eyeing to finish their league matches with the same winning momentum and look to hold their top position in the points table.
KKR, on the other hand, have been struggling to sense a victory from quite some time now. Going winless in the last 6 matches for a team, which was once on the top of the table is really difficult to digest. Though a playoff qualification looks a little tougher at this moment, KKR will strongly look to turn their fortunes around and win every game from hereon. This is the only way they could still hope to be relevant in the tournament. Dinesh Karthik, though heavily criticized for his captaincy, scored a quick-fire 97 against the RR and took the team to a total of 175. However, his knock went in vain as RR clearly overshadowed KKR and defeated them by 3 wickets.
Well, the SRK-owned franchise has a herculean task ahead of them and it is a do-or-die situation for them. This will also be KKR’s last match in their home ground, and they should look to make the most of it. A win here could also delight the fans, who have been resolutely supporting the team in their peaks and troughs.
By now, there are absolutely no doubts that the pitch at Eden Gardens is meant to heavily favour the batsmen. The winning scores in the last four games have been 177, 213, 162 and most recent 180 by Delhi Capitals. It is not just the pitch that is doing wonders for the batsmen, the shorter boundaries have been a big cause of concern for the bowlers. A minor error and the ball was parked in the stands. Hence, teams cannot be relieved even after scoring above the 200 mark. With both teams flaunting big hitters, this game can see mighty scores being put up on the board.
The weather in Kolkata has not been extreme. The average temperature in the city is around 29 to 30 degree Celsius towards the evening. The same is expected during the game tomorrow, which is scheduled to be played in the late evening. However, the humidity percentage is expected to be on the higher side with the numbers reaching as high as 79%. The high amount of humidity resulting in the dew factor will play a major role in the game. The team winning the toss should opt to bat second.
Mumbai Indians have won the majority of the 23 games they played against Kolkata Knight Riders. MI have won 18 games, while KKR have just 5 wins to their name. The difference in winning ratio is unaffected when comparing the stats specifically at the Eden Gardens Stadium. MI have won 7 games, with KKR winning 2 games, out of the total 9 games played in KKR’s home ground.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Matthew Kelly is yet to make his grand IPL debut. He may be brought in to the playing XI in place of Carlos Brathwaite, who hasn’t been able to deliver both with the bat and the ball. In the last game too, Carols got out for mere 5 runs and bowled just 2 overs giving 16 runs to the opposition. Prasidh Krishna may make way for Kuldeep Yadav.
Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & wk), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Matthew Kelly
MI don’t have a reason to make any changes to their team. The current playing XI have been winning them games, including winning the big game against CSK. A team that served the number one team, CSK their biggest loss this season, doesn’t really need any appends.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Chris Lynn- Kolkata Knight Riders
Quinton de Kock- Mumbai Indians
Batting: Both KKR and MI have 1 player in the list of top 10 batsmen racing for the Orange Cap. Andre Russell from KKR at number 6 and Quinton de Kock from MI at number 9, made it to the list with 406 and 393 runs respectively.
Bowling: In the bowling department though, 2 MI players made it to the list of top 10 contenders of Purple Cap, while no KKR bowler could make it. Jasprit Bumrah with 13 wickets is at number 7 and Lasith Malinga with 12 wickets is at number 10 in the list.
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD
Live Streaming – Hotstar
Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for Mumbai Indians to win the match.
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