Mumbai, which is at the bottom, has the upper hand over KKR

Navi Mumbai, May 8 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will have to find the best combination at the earliest to take on the last-placed Mumbai Indians here on Monday if they want to keep their bleak hopes alive in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite this, he will enter this match with increased morale.

Trying multiple combinations at the top of the order and making frequent changes in the team has weighed on KKR this season. He will enter this match after suffering a crushing 75-run defeat to the table-toppers Lucknow Super Giants.

On the other hand, Mumbai’s team will take the field with increased morale due to a five-run victory over the number two team Gujarat Titans. Mumbai is already out of the race for the playoffs.

The Rohit Sharma-led team has four points from 10 matches. She can reach a maximum of 12 points which are not enough to reach the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore have 12 points while three other teams have 16 and 14 points.

KKR, led by new captain Shreyas Iyer, suffered a massive defeat against Lucknow Super Giants on Saturday. He has eight points from 11 matches. He can reach a maximum of 14 points in the remaining three matches but even that does not guarantee his fourth place.

Despite the adversity, both the teams will try to give a tough fight to each other at the DY Patil Stadium here. Both the teams will now look to make a positive end to their campaign.

In the matches played between these two teams so far, Mumbai has won 22 matches and KKR has won eight matches. Mumbai will try to improve this record further.

The good thing for Mumbai is that both its openers, captain Rohit and Ishan Kishan, got the team off to a good start against the Titans. Against KKR, they will try to convert their good start into big scores.

Rohit is also 88 runs away from completing 5000 runs in IPL for Mumbai and he can reach this milestone on Monday.

While Mumbai batsmen Rohit, Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav are adept at using the powerplay well, KKR are struggling to score runs in the first six overs which their head coach Brendon McCullum blames for the defeat.

McCullum said, “We have struggled in the powerplay which has been disappointing for us this entire season. We did well throughout the tournament in the middle overs and didn’t play badly even in the death overs.

The teams are as follows:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Aaron Finch, Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Ramandeep Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Tim David, Arjun Tendulkar, Basil Thampi, Hrithik Shokeen, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin, Riley Meredith , Tymal Mills, Karthikeya Singh, Daniel Sams, Dewald Brevis, Fabian Allen, Kieron Pollard, Sanjay Yadav, Aryan Juyal and Ishan Kishan.

The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.