Date: 09 May 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
Ball-by-ball commentary: SportsTiger App
Mumbai don’t have much to lose from here. They have won two games out of ten played. Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have lost momentum after a good start to the tournament. The Shreyas Iyer-led team has lost seven out of eleven games played and has very bleak chances of qualifying for the playoff. Also, they are coming on the back of a humiliating defeat to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by a massive 75 runs. On the other hand, Mumbai have won two games on the trot and will be pumped up to take one more game home.
The DY Patil pitch will be easy to bat on with the ball coming nicely onto the bat. For bowlers, there will be some help for the pacers considering how the pitches have behaved at this venue so far.
A team that lost eight games on the trot has suddenly won two games and that too against top-placed sides in the tournament. The good thing for Mumbai in both games was that their weak links helped them win the game. The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan finally got off to a flying start against Gujarat. The bowlers also did a great job to defend 177. Now, the five-time champions will hope to play the same way in the rest of their games and end the tournament on a positive note. There are no changes expected in Playing XI unless there is an injury concern.
SportsTiger Playing XI of MI
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR look clueless with the team not being able to perform in crunch games. In their last game against LSG, the Shreyas Iyer-led team had the game in control but lost it after Shivam Mavi’s 30-run over. The batters also could do nothing as KKR got bowled out for a mere 101. Now, with three league games left and playoff place at stake, KKR will be desperate for a win. However, it won’t only depend on their match results. About the team combination, Umesh Yadav missed the last game with a niggle. So, he may make a comeback. Baba Indrajith may be asked to sit out as he hasn’t performed at all.
SportsTiger Playing XI of KKR
Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav
Mumbai Indians have found the momentum and it will not be easy for wobbly KKR to stop them. Also, MI have an impressive head-to-head record against KKR. Thus, they will be favourites on Monday (09 May).
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