Mumbai Indians are looking to increase the eight-match winning streak to ninth one against Kolkata Knight Riders when they are flying to Kolkata. MI is at the 2nd spot on the point table. If they can beat KKR tonight, they will seal a berth on the playoffs and ride to the first position on the point table. KKR is at the 6th spot of the point table, and they have nothing to lose at this moment. So tonight they will perform without any pressure.
Mumbai Indians’ Strategy
MI have played 11 matches till now, and they have secured 14 points till now. They are just one win away to seal a spot in VIVO IPL 2019 playoffs. Mumbai Indians are getting better on every match passing. They are gaining momentum and confidence also. After beating table topper Chennai Super Kings, they are in high confidence to get a win and qualify in the playoffs.
At present, MI is focusing on qualifying to the playoffs. Besides that, their main focus is to finish the league as the table topper before the playoffs. They can be satisfied, if they can finish with the 2nd spot, as top two teams will get the same benefits in the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Strategy
On the other hand, KKR was on the top of the table after beating Rajasthan Royals on April 7. After they have suffered from six matches in a row. Now they are in a position, where they cannot afford a loss.
The big concern for KKR is its bowling attack. The spinners are becoming ineffective on the green pitch of their home ground. The fast bowlers are showing little efforts, but those are not enough to out clash MI batsmen. Unfortunately, they don’t have enough options to explore new bowlers. The two-seam bowlers yet to play are Sandeep Warrier and Matt Kelly. The team management may look for one of them in playing 11.
KKR vs MI Rivalry
MI has played 23 times against KKR. KKR has the worst performance against MI. They have won only five matches, which is the least for KKR against any team. Besides that since 2015, KKR has not won any match against Mumbai Indians.
Players to watch
Dinesh Karthik is back to his form. In the last match, he has scored 97 runs against Rajasthan Royals. He is also well known of MI’s playing style, as it is his previous team. Andre Russell is silent in the last two matches. But he can explode at any moment. Nitish Rana is very much consistency throughout this season. Chris Lynn has to show his potential.
Rohit Sharma was struggling hard to back to his form. He has scored a convincing half-century against CSK and seems to be back in form. Quinton de Kock is their leading run scorer. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kisan are their innings builder.
Lastly, if KKR has Nitish Rana and Andre Russell, MI has Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard. Let’s see who will be the winner of the 2nd match of the doubleheader tonight.
KKR vs MI Dream 11 Prediction
Check the updated probable playing 11 of both teams and choose your players for your Dream 11 wisely.
Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & wk), Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Kuldeep Yadav/Prasidh Krishna, Matt Kelly/Carlos Brathwaite.
Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
VIVO IPL 2019 KKR vs MI
Venue: Eden Garden
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar