After losing their last six matches on a trot, Kolkata Knight Riders will now face the challenge of Mumbai Indians at Kolkata’s home ground at Eden Gardens.
This would be the second of the two matches played on super Sunday. KKR have slipped down to the sixth spot with four wins and seven losses from 11 matches and are now at par with Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore with eight points.
Mumbai Indians stunned Chennai Super Kings in the last match and won the game by 46 runs. Despite a half-century from skipper Rohit Sharma, the team was very slow to get off the blocks and only scored 155 due to some good bowling in the middle as well as the death overs by CSK.
Lasith Malinga then showed his class and picked up four wickets while Krunal Pandya and Jasprit bumrah picked up two each while being extremely economical to ensure Mumbai’s victory by a huge margin.
This win has led Mumbai to the second spot in the points table with seven wins and four losses from their 11 matches. They also have a very good net run rate and can end up in the top two and go on to make the qualifier 1.
Like Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 96-run knock in the last match, Kolkata Knight Riders would need performances from some of their other players apart from Andre Russell who has been delivering on a consistent basis.
Let’s have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Kolkata Knight Riders– Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians– Quinton de Kock, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Piyush Chawla (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Most boundaries – Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Team Scores Batting First – Kolkata Knight Riders 165+, Mumbai Indians 180+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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