In their last home match for the season, Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 28. The 47th match of IPL 2019 will start at 8:00 PM IST, after the 4 PM match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore is over.
Coming back to KKR vs MI, the two teams will be facing off for the first time this season. Mumbai has always had an upper hand over Kolkata as the results of the past suggests. In 23 completed matches between the two sides, Mumbai has won 18 times while Kolkata has managed only five wins.
Kolkata Knight Riders are in a desperate situation as they have lost six straight matches and another loss will make them the first team to get disqualified from the tournament. They are currently at the seventh position with four wins from their 11 matches. They lost their previous match against Rajasthan Royals at home.
Mumbai Indians would be fairly confident having beaten Chennai Super Kings at home recently. They have almost qualified for the playoffs with seven wins under their belt from 11 matches. They need just one more win to stamp their authority on the playoffs spot.
KKR vs MI Squads
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna, Robin Uthappa, Nikhil Naik, Shrikant Mundhe, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Evin Lewis, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks
KKR vs MI Team News
Kolkata Knight Riders: With pacers not having a decent outing in the previous match and spinners taking control, Kuldeep Yadav could come back into the side for this crucial match. Matt Kelly could also get an opportunity in the side for this match.
Predicted 11: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite/Matt Kelly, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy played their first matches this season in the previous encounter, but Mumbai would like to add some extra pacers to the side for this particular match as the surface at the Eden aids pacers. Rest of the side is unlikely to change.
Predicted 11: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Mitchell McClenaghan/Ben Cutting/Jason Behrendorff, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
KKR vs MI Pitch Report
The Eden Gardens is one of more high scoring grounds in India. In this year’s IPL, the surface has played really well, helping batsmen to get big scores. Dew could come into play later in the evening. Another high scoring battle is on the cards.
Dinesh Karthik should be really confident after scoring an unbeaten 97 in the previous match in Kolkata. He averages 31 with the ball and has a strike rate of 145.
Nitish Rana has 318 runs with a strike rate of 143 in this year’s IPL. Rohit Sharma scored a fifty in the previous match. Interestingly, his love affair with the Eden Gardens is widely known by everyone.
Sunil Narine has eight wickets this season while Krunal Pandya has also the same number of wickets.
Hardik Pandya has 264 runs at a strike rate of 182 and has picked up nine wickets. Andre Russell is the star from KKR line-up. The West Indian has 406 runs this season at a strike rate of 209 while he has also taken eight wickets.
Lasith Malinga has 12 wickets from seven matches this season while Jasprit Bumrah has 13 wickets from 11 matches. Rahul Chahar has been highly impressive and has picked up nine wickets.