|Match Date:||28th April, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||60,000|
|Match Venue:||Eden Garden, Kolkata|
The Match 48 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Kolkata Knight Riders welcome Mumbai Indians at the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. Having started the campaign on a winning note, KKR’s on a sad losing spree of 6 games. They will have to all of their remaining matches if they harbour to make it to the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have no such worries. They are second in the league table with 14 points and already have one foot in the playoff stages. However, they will be looking forward to secure the second (or even the top spot) to get an extra edge in the eliminators with third-placed Delhi Capitals in hot pursuit.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians IPL match:
|Key Players in form||KKR – Chris Lynn, Andre Russell
MI – Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga
|Weather Conditions||32 ℃, 69% Humidity, Winds up to 26 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||Team chasing has won equal matches as the team defending last season.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-friendly pitch. High humidity and dew may affect bowling later in the evening.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 161
Highest Total (2018): 210/6 (MI)
Last Match: KKR 175/6 | 177/7 RR
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||KKR – Matt Kelly has been roped in for an injured Anrich Nortje (Shoulder). Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Sandeep Warrier will be replacing him) are out as well.
MI – Beuran Hendricks has been roped in as an replacement for an outgoing Alzarri Joseph.
|Home Advantage||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Head-to-Head||KKR 5 – 18 MI|
|Form||KKR – L L L L L
MI – L W W L W
Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney.
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Ewin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Anukul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
KKR vs MI Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders are in a big trouble. They have lost six of their last six games. The downfall, which started with a defeat against Chennai Super Kings, has only intensified over the last few days. The abysmal show in the later part of the season would be disappointing for a team that once second in the league table after the opening 4 games.
The Knight Riders are failing to perform on both the ends of the game. The batsmen are unable to put up big totals, while the bowlers have been unable to scalp significant wickets. In the last six games, KKR have managed to score just 164 runs on average, down from an eye popping 198 they scored in the competition’s first four matches.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 25, 2019
The form of the famed middle order of Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, and Dinesh Karthik has been swinging like a pendulum. In fact, Uthappa, who was an integral part of KKR’s title winning team, seems to have fallen out with the management for his poor performances. He was benched in the matches against SRH and RR, with Ranji trophy prodigy Rinku Singh given the chance in his place. Even the Midas touch of Andre Russell has gone away. Is it another year wasted for Kolkata?
Going by their performances this season, Mumbai Indians look to be a firm favourites the 2019 IPL trophy. Although the Men in Blue’s batting was always strong, it is their bowling that has taken the centrestage this year. The deadly trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, and Hardik Pandya matched up with the immensely talented spin duo of Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar means that the team is capable of taking down even the best batting attacks around. This was on full display in the 46 runs victory over Chennai Super Kings.
If they keep on playing the way they are, Mumbai Indians are definitely capable to lift the silverware this season.
Going by sheer momentum and form, one would be surprised if Mumbai Indians do not win this match.
Eden Gardens has a flat natured pitch. The dew factor may not come into picture considering the relatively low humidity. Thus, choosing 4-5 batsmen would be a smart move. All-rounders will have an important role to play as well. Choosing bowlers with respectable economy rates (such as Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah is recommended) is recommended.
KKR vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ewin Lewis, Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Andre Russell, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Piyush Chawla.
KKR vs MI Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Hardik Pandya, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Lasith Malinga, Piyush Chawla.