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06 May 2018 by TSZ

​IPL 2018 – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 6th May, 11:30 (UK)

Where? Wankhede Stadium

Weather? Temperatures of 33-36c and partly cloudy with 82% humidity

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://in.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/t20-premier-league

HEAD-TO-HEAD All-time meetings: Mumbai Indians W16, Kolkata Knight Riders W5

THE TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

Coach: Mahela Jayawardene

Captain: Rohit Sharma

  • Mumbai stunned the competition after defeating the highly rated Kings XI Punjab in what was arguably their best performance for the season. Mumbai restricted the explosive Kings XI to 174 and compiled their innings well with the bat before some middle order hitting saw them chase the total with an over to spare.
  • Suryakumar Yadav was the star with the bat scoring 57 from 42 balls but was offered ample support throughout the innings as Ishan Kishan (25), Hardik Pandya (23), Rohit Sharma (24) and Krunal Pandya (31) all scored over twenty runs to ensure there was no middle order collapse.
  • The eleven fielded by Mumbai was probably the best for the season so far as the addition of JP Duminy who can bat anywhere in the order allows for situational flexibility within matches so expect Mumbai to stick with the same team barring any injures.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Coach: Jacques Kallis

Captain: Dinesh Karthik

  • Kolkata came away victorious in their top of the table clash against Chennai. KKR bowled reasonably well but it was their batsmen who stole the show, chasing down the target of 177 with more than two overs to spare and for the loss of just four wickets.
  • Dinesh Karthik has flown under the radar for KKR, despite not having scored a half century this tournament as the skipper has scored the most amount of runs for KKR with 280 and he continues to be a key influence.
  • Mitch Johnson has only taken two wickets from five matches at and expensive rate of 10.61 runs per over and may face the axe so Tom Curran could come into the team again to replace the veteran seamer.

THE PREDICTION

The first meeting between these two teams for the tournament looms as a crucial one. Mumbai ensured their slim hopes of a title defence stayed alive with an impressive performance over the Kings XI whilst Kolkata continued their impressive yet inconsistent tournament with an easy win over Chennai. Although Kolkata are in a much better position, they must not get complacent against a Mumbai side who will be riding a wave of confidence. If KKR get their mindset right the fire-brand side should collect the points and dent Mumbai’s slim finals hopes.

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