Kolkata look improve dismal record against Mumbai: Match Preview
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be looking for revenge as they take on the Mumbai Indians (MI) for the second time in three days. Having only won five out of the 22 encounters between the two sides, history is very much against KKR as MI look to keep their campaign alive.
May 09, 2018
20:00 hours IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
While KKR need to win three out of their four matches to seal a playoffs berth, MI need to win all four. There is no doubt about the fact that the pressure will be on Rohit Sharma and his team, given the fact that they are the defending champions.
The previous encounter between these two sides saw a fine all-round display from Hardik Pandya as he reminded the viewers about his value to any team. This season has also seen the rise of Suryakumar Yadav, who has thrived as an opener for Mumbai and is one run shy of 400 runs in the season. The ease with which he has played both spin and pace has given Rohit a chance to bat lower down the order and provide more stability to the innings.
Even though KKR were strangled by Hardik and company in the last game, all is not lost for them. They have had a tremendous tournament so far, without any big names, and only need a couple of more good games to make it to the top four. It was heartening to see Robin Uthappa finally convert one of his starts to a fifty and he will no doubt be looking for a bigger score this time around.
KKR would be hoping for their fast bowlers to get a few wickets so that their reliance on spin becomes a little less. Prasidh Krishna bowled decently on debut but Mitchell Johnson continued to struggle to add to his tally of two wickets this season.
With history and momentum in their favor, the Mumbai Indians will come hard at the Knight Riders. Dinesh Karthik is not known to be one who backs away from a fight. He has backed his players to come good and it is high time that someone like a Johnson repays that faith with some hostile fast bowling!
Expect unchanged elevens from both teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai Indians - Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya, Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markrande
- Robin Uthappa needs six more runs to become the sixth batsman to score 4000 runs in the IPL
- With 1007 runs to his name, Suryakumar Yadav has the second most runs by an uncapped player in the IPL. Manan Vohra heads the list with 1012 runs
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