KKR vs MI IPL today match prediction: The defending champions got off to a routine start by losing their first game of the season. Virat Kohli’s men were too good for MI in the season opener here in Chennai.
KKR defeated one of the favorites in SRH comprehensively in their first game in Chennai and they looked like a well settled team straight up. They batted with an aggressive intent and they succeeded in that. They used their resources brilliantly and Eoin Morgan’s captaincy was neat and was good enough to pocket 2 points.
This will be the 2nd game in this venue for both the teams and this can be termed as the battle of 2 batting heavy units.
Kolkata Knight Riders
+ Nitish Rana at the top of the order gave them the perfect start and performed the role of a T20 opener to perfection.
+ Their move to hold back Dinesh Karthik unlike last season already paid off and Dinesh Karthik in the death overs can be a nightmare for the opposition teams.
– Their death bowling remains a concern and runs in the board helped them to hide that issue in the first game.
– Shubman Gill has to up the ante in the power play. He has all the potential in the world and a grand knock against MI would settle things for sure.
+ Ishann Kishan continued his very good form and Jasprit Bumrah was on the money from game 1, is surely a great sign.
+ Trent Boult did bowl well with the new ball even in unresponsive chennai track and might test KKR openers big time.
– Rahul Chahar was expensive in the first gams but he is a class act and should have a good game this time around.
– Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard’s woes against short balls might be exploited by KKR bowlers.
KKR playing 11 (Likely)
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hassan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
MI playing 11 (Likely)
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Form guide (Last 5 games)
Records at Chennai (T20 format)
KOL- 3 wins and 7 defeats in 10 games
MI- 8 wins and 5 defeats in 13 games
Though, KKR won their game comprehensively, MI are a formidable side and the odds are in favor of Mumbai Indians. Both the teams have already played a game on this venue and should be well versed with the game plan for this contest.
KKR can use Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna against MI’s finishers in Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard as both the explosive batsmen struggle against hard lengths.
Mumbai Indians have 2 of India’s in-form batsmen in Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan and KKR’s spinners might find it really difficult to restrict MI in middle overs.
Bet365- KKR- 2.10, MI- 1.72
Betway- KKR- 2.15, MI- 1.72
Today KOL vs MI IPL match: Team batting first will aim to score around 170
Today match pitch report: Batting against the new ball will be the best time for batters. The wicket will slow down in the 2nd half of the innings.
Who won yesterday IPL game
KKR won the game by 10 runs against SRH
Tomorrow IPL game
SRH vs RCB