Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Mumbai Indians on May 13 in the 54th match of the IPL 2017 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. This will be the second match for both the side. Mumbai has already reached the playoffs but KKR spot in the playoffs still not confirmed due to their poor net run rate. Kolkata Knight Riders will look to win over the Mumbai Indians to guarantee their place in the top two.
Both of these teams are playing their final game of the league phase and this is an important match for both. Because KKR and MI both lost their previous games and neither team will want to go into the playoffs on a losing momentum.
IPL 2017, MI Vs KKR Match Prediction:
Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to win the match due to home advantage.
Predicted playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot.
Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (C), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.
Mumbai Indians would like to start their campaign on the high. It’s been the history that the team has not started the season well in recent IPL. They would love to win the match in their first few games. This win would give them a lot of confidence. But their way to victory would not be easy after seeing the Kolkata batting performance in the first game. They would have to come with some plan for Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn who tore the opponent bowling attack in the first game.
Mumbai will also need to pick the right combination for the match. Their batting lineup will depend upon the captain Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Pollard, Simmons. But the key for them would be Hardik Pandya. He performed brilliantly in the first game with the bat and would love to continue his brilliant form.
The bowling looks very strong for the Mumbai side as they have likes of Mitchel Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Bhumrah. They will have to put a good show with the ball id they have to restrict the Kolkata batsman from scoring a big score.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders will be high on confidence after their impressive win over Gujarat Lions in their first game. They have already shown the other team that they have the good quality batsman that could win the match for them.
But they need to work on their bowling as they gave too many runs in the first match and it’s not necessary that they will win every time. They also need to work on their fielding as it was very sloppy in the first game. The batting lineup will depend on Gautam Gambhir, Chris Lynn, Robbin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan.
The bowling attack is full of spin bowlers. They have the likes of Trent Boult, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla. They will try to restrict the Mumbai’s batting lineup.
The match will prove to be good competition as both the team has won the trophy twice. They would love to dominate and send a strong message to the other teams.