The home side Kolkata Knight Rides won the toss and decided to bowl first, after a 40 minutes delay in the toss, due to rain. They were forced to make a change as Trent Boult made his way back in the team in place of Chris Woakes, who is out due to a niggle.
On the other side, there were five changes in Mumbai side as they tested their bench strength. However, there were no such surprises as the players who were included in the side were Ambati Rayudu, R Vinay Kumar, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee and Saurabh Tiwary. Out of these, only Vinay Kumar and Saurabh Tiwary were playing their first game of this season.
There was no place for Krishnappa Gowtham, whom the franchise purchased for a whopping amount of Rs. 2 Crore in the IPL auction.
Kolkata have to ensure a win in this game so as to confirm a spot in next round as if they lose this game, then they have wait for result next game between Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab.
Here is what both the captains said at the time of the toss –
Rohit Sharma: We would have bowled first as well. Looks a good track, need to bat well and restrict them during the chase. Quite a few changes, we have got five of them. Want to test the bench-strength against a quality team like KKR.
Gautam Gambhir: ‘We are looking to bowl, we have been chasing well. No point in changing the template. Just one change for us, Trent Boult comes in place for Chris Woakes – who has a niggle in his ankle. It’s important to stay in the present, we will try to play to our best of our ability and try to win, obviously, getting to the top-two is an incentive, but we are not thinking about it.
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot.
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu(w), Kieron Pollard, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson.