Mumbai will also get a psychological advantage in this match. The team will enter this match after winning the last match over the top-ranked Gujarat Titans, then Kolkata was beaten by Lucknow by 75 runs in the last match. However, Kolkata won the match between the two teams. But, since then the equations have changed a lot. Both Mumbai openers Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma appeared in form in the last match, while Kolkata’s team is struggling to prepare the right combination despite constant changes. Captain Shreyas Iyer himself is struggling with form, while Sunil Narine has been economical in bowling.
Then Cummins wreaked havoc
Pat Cummins had wreaked havoc in the last encounter between the two teams this season. Chasing a target of 162 runs for victory, Kolkata lost five wickets for 101 runs. From here the victory of Mumbai was clearly visible. Then came Cummins’ storm. He scored an unbeaten 56 runs in just 15 balls with the help of four fours and six sixes, giving the team a victory four overs ago. During this, Cummins also equaled the record for the fastest fifty in the IPL.
Daniel Sams: If Mumbai has got consistent victories in the last two matches, then the credit goes to some extent to the bowling of Daniel Sams. Kolkata Knight Riders batters from Sams will have to be cautious.
Match 7, Wicket 7, Best 4/30, Economy 9.96, Runs conceded 259
Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell: Andre Russell, who gave the captain a wicket when the wicket is needed, has been contributing from his side with the bat as and when the need arises. If the team wants to move forward, Andre will have to do an all-round show.
Match 11, Runs 272, Best 70*, Wicket 12, Best 4/5, Economy 9.33
Face to face
- Total matches- 30
- Mumbai win- 22
- Kolkata win – 8
Probable Playing XI
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Karthikeya, Riley Meredith
Kolkata Knight Riders: Baba Inderjit (wk), Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav
The average score in five of the last six matches on DY Patil’s pitch has been scored. In the last match, the team of Gujarat Titans could only reach 143 runs for eight wickets while batting first. However, Punjab Kings chased down the target losing only two wickets. The team bowling later may have a problem with dew.
- In 5 previous clashes, Mumbai has won three while Kolkata has won two
- KKR’s Andre Russell will complete two thousand runs in IPL career if he makes 28 more runs