On Thursday night, Mumbai Indians (MI) will meet an in-form Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on former’s home ground Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
The two time IPL winner – KKR – began their IPL 2016 campaign with by winning 4 out of first 5 matches. On the other hand, the defending champion and two time IPL winner Mumbai Indians started their IPL journey disappointingly with only 3 wins in 7 matches (MI have lost 4 matches).
KKR is looking good in both batting and bowling. Their top-order batsmen are in good form while their bowlers are performing well as a team. The KKR is very good at chasing, however, most of those were low scoring games. So it remains to be seen how KKR responds when faced with a huge chase of 180runs or above.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians is struggling since the beginning of the tournament. Their bowling needs improvement while their batsmen need to produce more consistent performances on the pitch. However, from previous experiences, Mumbai Indians usually comes good in the second-half of the tournament.
As of now, KKR has lost only once in the IPL 2016 and that was against Mumbai Indians on their home ground Eden Gardens, Kolkata. After scoring 187/5 in 20 overs, KKR failed to defend that total due to the heroic knock of MI skipper Rohit Sharma who scored an unbeaten 84 runs. So, Mumbai Indians is hoping for similar performance from Sharma at Wankhede, while the visiting team KKR is looking for the revenge of previous defeat.
KKR will hardly make any changes for this match while Mumbai Indians may select their new member and attacking New Zealand opening batsman Martin Guptill in their playing XI for the match.
Mumbai Indians : Rohit Sharma (c), Martin Guptill, Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine.