|Match Date:||5th May, Sunday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 pm|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||30,000|
|Match Venue:||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
The Match 56 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Mumbai Indians welcome Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium. The game will mark the last contest of IPL’s group stage before the Playoffs are played. It will have all the ingredients of a classic finale with the fourth spot up for grabs for KKR. Kolkata are tied with SRH for the fourth position with 12 points. However, they lag behind in the NRR, needing them to win by a big margin.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match:
|Key Players in form||MI – Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah|
KKR – Shubman Gill, Andre Russell
|Weather Conditions||29℃, 76% humidity, Winds up to 11 km/hr.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four out of seven times last season. However, this year, chasing teams have won majority of the games played here. Thus, choosing to bat first would be more appropriate.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-Friendly. Wind is expected to offer help to pacers.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 167|
Highest Total (2018): 186/6 (MI)
Last Match: MI 165/5 | 165/6 SRH
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 69 m, Straight Boundary: 85 m|
|Injury Updates||MI – Adam Milne (Heel). Alzarri Joseph sustained a serious shoulder injury against RR and will be out for the season.|
KKR – No major injuries.
|Home Advantage||Mumbai Indians|
|Head-to-Head||MI 18 – 6 KKR|
|Playing11||Mumbai Indians Playing11|
Quinton de Kock (Wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ewin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney.
|Impact Players||Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell|
MI vs KKR Dream11 Prediction
If there was one match that would define the season for Kolkata Knight Riders, it is this contest against Mumbai Indians. The team is on par with SRH’s sum of 12 points (at the time of writing) but lag behind in the NRR. As a result, they will not only have to win against Mumbai Indians, but the margin of the victory should be sufficiently high.
KKR have gone from playing some of the best cricket that is to offer in the league, to outright capitulating in the middle to again showing signs of brilliance. After having seen a slump that lasted over 6 games, Kolkata have won their two games in a dominating manner. Their 7-wicket demolition of KXIP was one of their most clinical performances in the recent while.
Emphatic, easy win for #KKR. And many positives too, none more than the composure of Shubman Gill. He is talented, true, but it is his composure that will take him far
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 3, 2019
Although the Kings post a stiff total of 183/6. However, it didn’t prove to be a match in front of KKR’s rejuvenated batting order. The shuffle in the top order seems to have spelt magic for Kolkata with Shubman Gill being the biggest beneficiary. The Punjab batsman cracked a brilliant knock of 65 runs from 49 balls on his native ground to help KKR get a fantastic start. Gill was rightfully named as the Man of the Match. KKR will need to
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, having already made it to the playoffs, will be looking to fine-tune their side for one last time before the Eliminators begin. In KKR, they will have a worthy opponent to do the calibration.
Kolkata Knight Riders look to have gotten back their Midas touch with the entire team playing as a single unit. Add to that their momentum and the importance of the game, and KKR look to win this match.
Considering that the Wankhede pitch has a high scoring surface, choosing upto 4 batsmen would be suitable. All-rounders and spinners will also have a big role to play.
MI vs KKR Dream11 Team 1
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Ewin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Sandeep Warrier.
MI vs KKR Dream11 Team 2
Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla.