Kolkata Knight Riders will locks horns with Mumbai Indians on Super Sunday at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. The home team might have lost their opening encounter of the season against Rising Pune Supergiants but to beat Mumbai in their backyard is a real difficult task. Both these teams have won the IPL twice in the previous nine seasons and have played plenty of cricket against each other, hence both captains have a fair knowledge about the opposition.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Strengths
In-form openers – The Knights had a fantastic start to their IPL 2017 campaign after Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir absolutely punished Lions in their own den on Friday night. Their dominating opening partnership might have created a sense of fear in oppositions going further in the tournament. It was that kind of a stand, somewhat similar to the knock that Brendon McCullum played in the inaugural match of IPL 2008 for KKR, unfortunately, Baz was at the receiving end on Friday.
Solid spin attack – KKR’s spin trio of Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav are one of the best spin units in the 2017 IPL. Narine hasn’t lived up to his expectations in the last few games for KKR, but he’s a world class bowler and Mumbai Indians would be aware of that. So, KKR have a right balance of bowling and a solid batting unit going into their second match of the season, especially with Lynn, Gambhir and Kuldeep in form.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Weakness
Fielding – There were plenty of dropped catches and misfields by KKR players against the Lions that resulted in a few extra runs towards the end of the innings. But they can’t afford to drop their chances against MI, because there are some dangerous players in that team which can make you suffer if you let off those chances. Hence, KKR need to pull up their socks when it comes to their efforts in the field and put up a better show against the Indians.
Being the away team – Mumbai crowd can get on the nerves of opposition players with their chants and cheers. That in-turn tends to de-motivate the players and puts them under pressure often. So, KKR being the away team might suffer because of the same reason.
Mumbai Indians: Strengths
The support of Mumbai crowd and a quality team flooded with big-hitters and bowlers, Mumbai Indians have the upper hand over Kolkata Knight Riders in the past 9 seasons – MI have the best win-loss ratio against KKR in history of IPL. Out of the 18 games played between these two teams, Mumbai has won 13 of them, while only 5 of them have been won by Knight Riders. These stats prove how dominant Mumbai has been against Kolkata in the Indian Premier League in the previous 9 seasons. Can the Knights turn things around this time? Well, we’ll get to know that only on Sunday evening.
Mumbai Indians: Weakness
Bowling – In the absence of Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians were not as lethal as they have been in the past. Malinga was playing against Bangladesh in the limited-over format and his return to the side will be a huge plus for them. Will Mumbai Indians immediately pick him in the playing XI or will Lasith miss a few more games before playing his first match of this season? Another question that’ll be answered soon…
Pitch report – Most of the wickets produced in the IPL are good for batting and the Mumbai pitch is no different. We have had many high scoring matches at Wankhede and we are in for another such high scoring contest on Sunday with batsmen in form.
Prediction – Mumbai Indians did not have a good start to their campaign this year, while KKR had a terrific start, courtesy the fireworks by GG and Lynn. The momentum is with KKR but the home advantage and support of crowd in Mumbai makes MI the favorites to win this contest! Also, if Malinga gets a game – he might win it for the home team.
Possible winner – Mumbai Indians
Kolkata Knight Riders (Probable XI) –
Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn ✈️, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes ✈️, Trent Boult ✈️, Sunil Narine ✈️, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.
Mumbai Indians (Probable XI) – Rohit Sharma(c), Parthiv Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Jos Buttler ✈️, Kieron Pollard ✈️, Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan ✈️, Lasith Malinga ✈️, Jasprit Bumrah.
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