MI vs KKR: The new skipper Shreyas Iyer so far has done a terrific job for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2022. The two-time champions have won two out of their three games and are going guns in the tournament, developing a reputation as a ‘team to beat’. Although it’s still the initial phase of the tournament, they certainly have put themselves in contention for the top team this year.
After pounding Punjab Kings in their previous encounter, Kolkata Knight will next lock horns against five-time champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday (6th April) at MCA Stadium in Pune.
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The Shreyas Iyer-led side has displayed staggering performances in all three departments so far in the three games they have played. Their lineup is only going to get stronger as ace pacer Pat Cummins will available for their fixture against Mumbai Indians while his Australian teammate Aaron Finch will be considered for selection later as he is yet to arrive in India.
The Australian Test skipper landed in India a few days ago and underwent three days of quarantine before joining the rest of his teammates for a net session. KKR’s head coach Brendon McCullum also confirmed his availability for the next match.
Cummins was recently engaged in Test series against Pakistan and could’ve only been available after 6th April. As Cricket Australia’s contracted players can’t play in any other league if the team is engaged in national assignments.
Heading into the match against Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders will have all the players available except Aaron Finch, who is playing against Pakistan and is yet to arrive in India.
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With Pat Cummins being available, KKR would like to bring him straight into the mix. The two-time champions are likely to change Sam Billings with Sheldon Jackson and Shivam Mavi with an Australian pacer. While the rest of the XI is likely to be the same.
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
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