Both Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are two of the teams who have been plying their trade in the Indian Premier League since the inception of the T20 tournament.
Both have met each other a total of 20 times in which Mumbai hold a strong edge of 15 is to five against Kolkata, which shows that it has been all dominating show from Mumbai against the KKR.
But now it’s a stage where it’s the trophy which is at stake rather than the statistical advantage that Mumbai has. A win in this game will see them playing against Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad in the big final on Sunday, whereas, a loss will shatter their dream of winning the cup for the third time.
Though Mumbai has numbers at their side but going into this game, they should be the team who should fear, as they seemed to be low in confidence when playing against the Rising Pune Supergiant in their first opportunity for qualifying in the tournament i.e. during the first qualifier of IPL.
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma though is not carried away by the fact that they have always dominated Kolkata when these two teams have met and skipper is also not thinking about the previous success,
“We will not be thinking that we have beaten them (KKR) twice in this tournament. We have to come out and do what we have been doing as a team. We will be confident against these guys (KKR) but I believe that whoever is good on that particular day wins the game,” Rohit told MI TV.”
It was a surprising performance from Mumbai in the first qualifier where they failed to chase down a total of 163 at the Wankhede stadium, which is considered to be their fortress. Rising Pune Supergiant bamboozled Mumbai to become the first team to secure the playoff berth.
Skipper said that the team is thinking about the second qualifier and is not worrying about finals,
“I am hoping that we play our best game tomorrow. We will worry about the finals later. We just want to focus on the game and on doing the right things. If we do that everything will take care of itself. I think we were in the same situation in 2013 as well. We lost the first qualifier and then went on to win the title. We have to come to the ground with a positive frame of mind thinking that there will be 40 overs of play,” he said.
The good news for Mumbai is that it there is a prediction of rain in Bengaluru on Friday and in case the game is washed out, then it will be the Men in Blue who will qualify for the second round by virtue of finishing the league stage at the top of the table.
Though both the teams will be hoping for a full contest to ensure that each team get a fair chance of qualifying to the next round.