Indian Premier League, 2018
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
The Big Picture
The Mumbai Indians, whose campaign is on a knife-edge, finally put on a complete performance against the Kings XI Punjab to give themselves a slight reprieve as they strive to redeem their fledgling campaign Two things that have hindered Mumbai this season, finally came good. After the opening duo of Rahul (24) and Gayle (50) had put on a 54-run-opening stand, Mayank Markande (1-29) accounted for Lokesh Rahul and the likes of Bumrah (1-19) and McClenaghan (1-31) coupled by some bizarre batting selection by KXIP, put a stranglehold on the batting and barring an expensive last over by Hardik Pandya (1-44), the bowling was never allowed KXIP batsmen to break free and they eventually ended with 6-174 in 20 overs
Suryakumar Yadav (283 runs in eight matches) continued to be the bedrock of their top-order, as he stroked a pristine 57 to set up the chase. Lewis and Kishan again failed to get going and it all came down to Rohit Sharma, who has played two match-winning knocks to take his side through. Hardik Pandya (23 off 13) delivered some lusty blows, before being undone by a Tye yorker, it was his brother Krunal, who made a swashbuckling 31 off just 12 balls, to seal the chase. With six points now in eight matches, Mumbai Indians stand at No.5 in the points table and would be looking to drive forward the momentum against KKR.
Their opponents in Kolkata Knight Riders played a near-perfect game against the Chennai Super Kings. While Dinesh Karthik’s plan of a spin choke worked wonders during the middle-overs of Chennai’s innings that allowed them to restrict the Men in Yellow to a sub-par 5-177 after 20 overs, Karthik’s plan to slot in Shubhman Gill at No.4 spot turned out to be a masterstroke.
Narine (32 off 20), who slashed with fire gave KKR the ideal platform in the powerplay, after losing Chriss Lynn (12) early, was ably supported by young Gill, who en-route his maiden IPL fifty, stroked a pristine 57 off 26 balls to anchor the Knight Riders chase. While Gill blazed away with copy-book cover-drives and backfoot punches, his skipper in Karthik bludgeoned the ball with ferocious ease in an 18-ball-45 to lead his side to a six-wicket win.
Where: Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
When: 06 May 2018, 8:00 PM
With close proximity to the Arabian sea, the Wankhede pitch helps the swing bowlers considerably and with red soil at its disposal, spinners don’t lack behind either. With a fair contest between bat and ball, the pitch makes for a great T20 viewing.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score have hovered from 146.5 to 175.43, 51.4% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (38) while team’s batting second have won 48.6% of the matches (36).
Team News and Playing 11:
Playing 11: JP Duminy, Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis/Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan/Aditya Tare (wk), Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande
Kolkata Knight Riders
Playing 11: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson/ Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana/Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi
Where to watch Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com