One win away from assuring their last-four berth, Mumbai Indians will look forward to take on their 'bunny' Kolkata Knight Riders -- against whom they have an eight-match winning streak.
Mumbai Indians (MI) will look to seal a playoff berth when they face an out-of-sorts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 28.
Skipper Rohit Sharma roared back to form with his first half-century for this year's IPL as Mumbai Indians crushed MS Dhoni-less Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 46 runs, their biggest defeat at home on April 26.
One win away from assuring their last-four berth, the Mumbai Indians (MI) will look forward to take on their 'bunny' Kolkata Knight Riders, against whom they have an eight-match winning streak in an 18-5 head-to-head record. The last time KKR had won against MI was four years ago.
With three matches left in the league stage, the two teams clash for the first time this season on April 28, with the return leg slated for May 5.
KKR are in the midst of a six-match losing streak and seemed to have lost the plot completely.
Dinesh Karthik led from the front with a career-best 97 not out to set a challenging 176 target for Rajasthan Royals here in the last match as they sought to snap their losing streak. But their pacers came a cropper and the visitors secured a thrilling three-wicket win.
Starting at elimination, KKR would hope for their batting and bowling to click as a unit with just three matches to go.
At the moment nothing is going in favour of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise, something that reminds of their disastrous show in 2009 when the team had lost nine in a row, in a 10-match winless run.
This will be KKR's last home match for the season and the team will look to win it for the fans who have come in huge numbers and packed the stadium in every match.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will look at captain Rohit Sharma to give them a flying start.
Timing – 8 pm
Venue – Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
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Head to head:
Both teams have faced each other 23 times in the past with Mumbai dominating the fixture with 18 wins compared to Kolkata’s 5 victories.
KKR could bring back Harry Gurney to the squad in place of Carlos Brathwaite, who didn’t offer much with either bat or ball in the previous game.
MI will be expected to play with the same playing XI which faced Chennai.
Prediction: who will win?
Mumbai have been in rampant form this season and will most likely emerge winners in this encounter too. KKR will have to address their bowling woes to put up a challenge against MI’s formidable batting attack.
Betting odds (Bet365):
Kolkata Knight Riders: 11/10
Mumbai Indians: 8/11
Other popular bets can be viewed on Oddschecker.com.
Eden Gardens Pitch Report: The track at Kolkata is known to be a flat one and the smaller boundaries makes run-scoring even easier for the batsmen.
Moneycontrol Dream XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Kieron Pollard, Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell, Rahul Chahar, Sunil Narine, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya.
Players to watch out for:
Dinesh Karthik (KKR)
The KKR skipper put up a stellar display in the previous game leading from the front with an unbeaten 97 runs off just 50 balls. It was Karthik’s highest score in the IPL and KKR’s second highest individual score in the competition after Brendon McCullum’s blockbuster 158* in the IPL’s inaugural game.
Rohit Sharma (MI)
Rohit roared back to form in the last game with his first fifty of the season. He finished with 67 runs off just 48 balls on a track where batsmen struggled to get going. He will relish returning to the Eden Gardens where he scored his highest ODI score of 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
IPL Points Table:
MI find themselves comfortably placed in 2nd position on the points table with 14 points. KKR who are on a six-match losing streak find themselves in 6th place with just 8 points. Check out the updated points table here.(With Inputs from PTI)The Great Diwali Discount!
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