It will be a clash between two former champions on Monday. However, both sides find themselves in the bottom half of the points tally this season. While Mumbai and Kolkata have 7 titles between themselves, both haven't played like the team that we have come to know of them over the years.
At this stage, Mumbai are out of the Playoff race and while Kolkata might still reach the final four as per mathematical probabilities, the chances of that happening also seem very bleak.
Ahead of the face-off between the two teams, here is a stat-based prediction of things that might unfold in this fixture.
1. Toss Prediction
Mumbai have won 5 out of their 10 tosses which means a 50 per cent toss winning rate. Kolkata, meanwhile, have won 7 tosses out of their 11 which is a 63.63 toss winning rate. So Kolkata could end up winning the toss in this match.
2. Win Possibility
Mumbai have dominated this rivalry traditionally. The two teams have met each other a total of 30 times and Mumbai have emerged victorious 22 times. However, in their meet earlier in the season, Kolkata ended up on the winning side with Pat Cummins smashing the joint-fastest IPL fifty to take his team home.
It's been over a month since that fixture and while Kolkata are looking vulnerable and on the downhill, Mumbai have stitched two wins together after a worst-ever start to an IPL season by losing 8 in a row. Kolkata may have won 2 more matches than Mumbai, having played a game extra, but are struggling to find a combination that works and could likely make a few changes again in search of the perfect XI.
Based on all the above factors, predicting Mumbai to win this game.
3. Team of the Day
The team of the Day is Mumbai as they are on the winning run after a losing spree and seem to have arrived at a settled combination. With Rohit Sharma showing glimpses of his prime form in his last game, it is a further advantage to Mumbai.
4. Powerplay Score
44 is the average powerplay score at this venue in IPL 2022 but given the kind of start Rohit and Ishan Kishan got off to in their last match, they could easily score over 45. Kolkata have had a terrible time with their openers and even Shreyas Iyer at number 3 hasn't played as per expectation. So they could end up with less than 45 runs the first six overs.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2022 has been 167.46. Meanwhile, the average second innings score here is 161.2.
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