The defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will have to continue their winning momentum – to give them a chance of qualification when they face good-looking Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Wankhede Stadium on super Sunday (May 6).
Mumbai are currently languishing at the fifth place on the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) points table and will have to win their remaining matches if they want to qualify.
Mumbai is yet to play as a team and dominate the opponents in particular. Also, they have lacked some luck which eventually saw them losing few games owing to the last-over thrillers.
Windies opener Evin Lewis has struggled to find his timing right which is a major worry for the Mumbai dugout.
Lewis will have to provide a good start along with Suryakumar Yadav in a bid to give a solid platform for the middle-order.
Jasprit Bumrah‘s return to form will be a boost to the Mumbai camp as they will want him to continue his superlative effort.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma and his men are likely to retain the winning combination going into this game.
Here is the predicted XI of Mumbai Indians:
The right-handed batsman Suryakumar Yadav has been a revelation since he got to open the inning. He has scored consistently for Mumbai and has provided Mumbai with good starts.
Suryakumar’s job will look to continue doing the job he is doing.
The Windies opener Evin Lewis hasn’t come good except for one or two matches. Lewis needs to partner Suryakumar and give Mumbai a blistering start.
Mumbai team management will hope he gets the perfect touch against the Royals.
Ishan Kishan (wk):
However, this is a learning curve for the young Ishan Kishan and he will bank on his experience going forward.
The experienced all-rounder Jean-Paul Duminy from South Africa hasn’t made a mark yet, although, he has played only a few games.
The dugout will want some superlative effort from Duminy in the upcoming fixtures.
Rohit Sharma (c):
Rohit Sharma on his day can win matches single-handedly and that has been the case so far in this league.
Mumbai has only won matches where their skipper has scored runs. Mumbai will badly want their skipper to win games or else they will lag behind in the race to qualify.
India’s promising all-rounder Hardik Pandya needs to bring his superlative game in the front against the table toppers.
Hardik has had an average tournament so far and will have to up his game if Mumbai wants to continue the momentum.
The senior of the Pandya brother’s has been the star performer with both bat and ball.
Krunal Pandya has chipped in with runs when needed and has also claimed wickets in crunch situations.
Meanwhile, he will have to continue doing so for Mumbai if they have to give themselves any chance for the playoff berth.
The all-rounder from Australia Ben Cutting had a very poor tournament so far. Ben Cutting has claimed only one wicket in the four games and has scored 21 runs.
The dugout will want more effort from him and contribute to team’s success.
The speedster from New Zealand Mitchell McClenaghan has done well so far for Mumbai.
Coming in as a replacement, McClenaghan has bowled quick and picked wickets for his franchise.
He needs to continue his role.
Mumbai Indians will bank on him to contain runs in the middle-overs.
After quite a few dull performances, Jasprit Bumrah stood up to the occasion in the last game. He was economical bowling his variations right.
Bumrah will have to continue his efforts if Mumbai Indians want to give them a chance of qualification.
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