The Mumbai Indians surprisingly made a bounce back at Wankhede by beating Kolkata Knight Riders and bettered their situation in the points table and kept their hopes for playoffs alive. On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders cannot lose this game as the loss may down their position in the points table. The Rajasthan Royals managed to make a comeback by winning against KXIP yesterday. So, they need to win this game to keep up their hopes to reach the playoffs.
Match Begins In
The Mumbai Indians managed to chase 181 runs in the game against KKR. The latter seems to be seated in a safe position with five wins and five losses. But to compete against KXIP, they have to win the upcoming games at the most. On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians proved once again that they are not done in this series by winning against KXIP and KKR.
Coming to the hosts, skipper Dinesh Karthik, Shubhman Gill, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, and Andrew Tye are the men in form. Sunil Narine and Andrew Tye did a few matches winning performances in this series. Shubhman Gill can be called to open the game along with Sunil Narine instead of Chris Lynn to make an arrogant start. Nitish Rana and Karthik make a solid stand in the middle order and Andrew Tye can be confirmed as the match-finisher down in the batting line-up. Karthik scored 316 runs from this series to date and stood as the top-scorer for team.
Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, and Sunil Narine stood as the crucial wicket-takers for the team and this trio accounted for 28 wickets off 51 picked by the team in total.
Coming to Mumbai Indians, this is the favorite ground for the skipper Rohit Sharma. He scored his first test century, double-century, debut century in the Ranji Trophy and his debut IPL hundred. His team lifted the IPL title for the first time in 2013 at Eden Gardens. He is going to captain his 100th T20 game today.
He stood as the fourth man to lead 100 T20s after Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Gautam Gambhir.
He was dismissed by Mumbai Indians on 6 occasions.
Surya Kumar Yadav and Pandya brothers are other impact batsmen for the team. Hardik Pandya stood as the highest wicket-taker for the team followed by Jasprit Bumrah, Mc Clenaghan, and Mayank Markande.
Mumbai Indians have a good record against the hosts. Out of 22 head to head games, MI won 17 games and KKR won 5 games. At Eden Gardens, MI won 6 games and KKR won 2 games. The chasing teams won 4 off 5 games at Eden Gardens this year. In head to head combats, MI won 7 games since 2015. The KKR won the series opener game in 2015 against MI.
Mumbai Indians have a solid pace attack and their fast bowlers picked 44 wickets at an economy rate of 8.13. The Kolkata Knight Riders are struggling at the opening breakthroughs and Powerplays. Their first wicket stands in the past six games are 54,116, 59, 47, 68 and 91.
The Mumbai Indians will take on Rajasthan Royals on May 12th at Wankhede and the Kolkata Knight Riders will face Kings XI Punjab at Indore on May 13.