In the search for a miracle, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday, April 28, 2019. As the match is on Sunday, it will be preceded by another match in Delhi between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which is scheduled to start at 4:00 PM IST. The match between KKR and MI will start at 8:00 PM IST.
Kolkata needs to win this match at any cost, else they will be disqualified from the tournament. They are at the seventh position currently on the points table with four wins from their 11 matches. They have lost all of their last six matches.
Mumbai needs another win to seal the playoffs spot. They have won seven of their 11 matches, including their last one against Chennai Super Kings. Rohit Sharma and the team would be fairly confident of sealing themselves a spot after this game in Kolkata.
KKR vs MI Head to head
Total Matches: 23
KKR wins: 5
MI wins: 18
Last match: In Kolkata, 2018, Mumbai Indians won by 102 runs.
KKR vs MI Team News:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
1. Rinku Singh could be dropped in favour of Kuldeep Yadav or Sandeep Warrier.
2. Carlos Braithwaite could be rested as well and Matt Kelly could make his IPL debut.
3. Rest of side is unlikely to change.
Possible XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite/Matthew Kelly, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Yarra Prithviraj, Prasidh Krishna
1. Mumbai Indians could drop Evin Lewis and play a fast bowler instead. Mitchell McClenaghan, Ben Cutting and Jason Behrendorff are the options.
2. Anukul Roy could also be dropped and Ishan Kishan could be brought back into the side.
3. Rest of the combination is likely to same.
Possible XI: 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 has produced some of the high scoring matches of this season and we could witness another one when these two strong batting teams face off against each other. Dew will come into play later at night.
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
Dinesh Karthik scored an unbeaten 97 in the previous match, so we can say the KKR skipper has found back his form. Q de Kock has also scored 393 runs this season at the top of the order.
Rohit Sharma has a great record in Kolkata with the bat and had also scored a fifty in the previous match. N Rana, S Gill and S Yadav are some of the other picks in this category.
Andre Russel has over 400 runs this season at a strike above 200. He has also taken eight wickets. He is the most worth pick for the captain. Hardik Pandya has an average of 44 with the bat and has taken nine wickets.
Bumrah has taken 13 wickets while Malinga has 12 wickets. R Chahar and P Chawla are the other worthy picks.