Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will look to make the most of their morale-boosting victory over Kings XI Punjab and continue their resurgence when they lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
MI recorded a thrilling win over Punjab on Friday night in a tie they had to win to keep alive their slim chances of making the play-offs.
The victory lifted Mumbai to fifth in the points table but thanks to a spate of reverses over the past few weeks, the Rohit Sharma-led side still have a stiff mountain to climb.
The hosts have to win all their remaining five games to make it to the play-offs.
KKR are sitting comfortably in the third position and Dinesh Karthik’s side will be full of confidence coming into the game after registering an easy win against the mighty Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens.
Team Strengths :
MI has shown up a great Bowling lineup including pacers as Bumrah and Rahman with a strong spin bowling squad as rising star Mayank Markande and Krunal Pandya.
In the batting side MI has Suryakumar Yadav (340 runs), who has been in great form and has scored runs consistently.
Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, JP Duminy, Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal, who played a splendid cameo against Kings XI, along with yesterday’s Man of the Match Yadav and Sharma, make up a formidable batting line-up.
It is a different story for KKR with skipper Dinesh Karthik leading the charge in style. Following an emphatic six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings, KKR have jumped to the third spot and a third win on the trot will boost their qualifying hopes considerably.
In KKR side DK has amassed 280 runs in nine matches and the firepower of Sunil Narine at the top and the emergence of youngster Shubhman Gill down the order provide KKR with one of the most devastating batting orders. KKR also boast of three quality spinners – Narine (10 wickets), Piyush Chawla (8 wickets) and Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (8 wickets).
Team Weaknesses :
MI need to improve is their bowling in the death overs. While New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan was hammered for three sixes in the final over by the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen, Hardik leaked over 20 runs in the final over against KXIP.
KKR’s vice captain Robin Uthappa has not played to potential.
Pitch Report & Weather Condition :
Partly Cloudy 87° F/ 31° C ~ 6th May 2018
Venue trends :
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Match Time: 04:00 PM LOCAL
Total Capacity: 30,000 Seats
Avg 1st Innings Total: 187 Runs
Avg 2ndd Innings Total: 183 Runs
Head to Head :
Mumbai Indians 16 :: 5 Kolkata Knight Riders.
At Wankhede Stadium:
Matches – 7, MI– 6 :: 1 KKR.
Over all both thw teams are ready and we are waiting for a dramatic cricket experience which is full of enthusiasm and adventure.
Mumbai Indians will host Kolkata Knight Riders on 6 May, Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians :
Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Ben Cutting/Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders :
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Rinku Singh/Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c&wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Kuldeep Yadav.