Kolkata Knight Riders will look to pull out all stops in their bid to rubber-stamp a play-off spot when they take on already-qualified Mumbai Indians in their final Indian Premier League (IPL 2017) engagement at Eden Gardens here on Saturday. Bolstered by the presence of co-owner Shah Rukh Khan, who is expected to cheer his team from the stands for first at home this edition, Gautam Gambhir’s men have to be at their best in order to topple an all-round Mumbai team who are at the top of the eight-team points table.
KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) second in the points table with 16 points have one foot in the knockout stages. But with Punjab making a strong case for themselves now after two back-to-back wins, coupled with Sunrisers Hyderabad (fourth in the points tablewith 15 points from 13 games) and Rising Pune Supergaint (third in the points table with 16 points from 12 games) also in the fray, they must ensure the birth with a win. Although Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians lost to in-form Kings XI Punjab – who also beat KKR in the latter last’s game.
KKR, on other hand, failed to chase down a modest of 168 despite Chris Lynn’s fireworks with the bat (52-ball 84) against Punjab in their previous outing. Mumbai have different picture to paint in this aspect. The Sachin Tendulkar – mentored twice IPL Winners have not relied on one batsman to contribute and it has been a team effort as far as their batting is concerned. Pollard has been in terrific form and is their leading run-getter with 349 in 12 innings but that he is out of the top ten highest scorers list says a lot about how Mumbai have collectively performed as a batting unit.
When two teams last met more than a month ago at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, little-known Nitish Rana took the away from KKR with a table-running 29-ball 50 alongwith Pandya who hit 29 off just 11 deliveries.
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Time: Saturday, 13 May 2017 8.00 PM IST
KKR vs MI Squad
Kolkata Knight Riders Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sheldon Jackson, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav
Mumbai Indians Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Gopal, Vinay Kumar, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya
Who will win today?
KKR vs MI Today Match Prediction IPL 2017 54th Match. Who will win today’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians?