After losing their penultimate game of the league against Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders are in dire need of winning their final game against Mumbai Indians on Saturday (May 13) to seal their playoff spot as well as strengthen their case of a top-two finish.
However, their chances of registering a playoff-spot-clinching win stand to be dent by the evening afternoon thunderstorms predicted for Saturday evening, where at Eden the Gardens the hosts are scheduled to lock horns against the table-toppers.
“Rain and thundershower accompanied with squall and thunder with maximum wind speed reaching between 50 and 60 Kilometer per hour likely affect some parts of the districts of Howrah, Kolkata, North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas between 17:20 and 20:20 hours IST of date 13-05-2017,” says the evening report from the meteorological department of Kolkata.
The game will start at 8 pm and both the teams especially Kolkata Knight Riders would be hoping that the game takes place. A wash-out would give each team one point, which for Mumbai Indians would seal their place at the top spot but Kolkata, although they will make it to the playoffs, will have to depend on other results to finish in the top two.
And in case the game is washed-out, Kolkata will finish with 17 points while Mumbai will finish with 19 points. In such a scenario, Rising Pune Supergiant will have a chance to topple Kolkata when they take on Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. A win against the Kings XI would see them finish the league stage with 18 points and would seal their place in the top two.
And even if the Supergiant loses the match, Kolkata will have to depend on Sunrisers Hyderabad’s final game’s result to learn their fate. The defending champions are currently playing against Gujarat Lions and a win will help them to finish the league stage with 17 points which are enough to book their playoff berth.
Not only that, the David Warner-led side can also finish in the top two if Supergiant loses their final game and they have a better run-rate than Kolkata.
Moreover, Mumbai would also want this game to take place to get back to winning ways after losing their last two games. The two-time champions have already sealed their spot in the last four but would be keen to head into the playoffs with a win under their belt.