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MI vs KKR IPL 2019 preview: Kolkata’s last chance to reach play-offs

By Chaitanya Laxman

SRH are currently ahead of KKR in the points table in IPL 2019 but importantly SRH have played all their league matches and KKR have one more match left.  A win here will take KKR ahead of SRH and to number four while a defeat will shut the doors of play-offs for them.

For Mumbai, a win increases their chances of making it to the top two finish in IPL season 12 and the team will also want to carry a winning momentum in the play-offs.

Form Guide:

Mumbai Indians have had batting brilliances from time to time that have carried them this far. Their bowling is still a work in progress with the fifth bowler becoming a worry in some matches.

Shubmna Gill has pumped fresh air in KKR’s IPL 2019 campaign while Chris Lynn has shown consistency. The middle-order though has been fragile although Nitish Rana has scored quality runs and Andre Russell has taken power-hitting to a next level in IPL.

The bowling is a massive concern for KKR with their spinners not finding the correct rhythm so far.

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Key Numbers:

  • Mumbai has enjoyed an upper hand over KKR in head to head battles. Mumbai has won 18 matches while KKR has won six games.

  • Mumbai’s dominance has been severe especially in the recent times. In the last nine matches, KKR has won only once.

Players in focus:

A must-win game and that too against a strong bowling attack which specializes in death overs bowling. The stage is set perfectly for Andre Russell to weave his magic. He averages 63.75 in IPL 2019 and has a strike rate of 205.64. Can he rip apart Mumbai the way he did in his last innings when he hammered 80 runs off 40 balls?

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He may have taken only 15 wickets in 13 innings, but Jasprit Bumrah has added significant value to Mumbai’s bowling unit. He has an economy rate of 6.70 that reveals his high-quality bowling and his match-up against Andre Russell will be an interesting event on Sunday.

Chaitanya Laxman

Smitten by cricket, green mountains, and written words, Chaitanya is engrossed with cricket stats and analysis. But cricket commentary is what he savors the most.