Two teams with the arguably the largest fan bases in the enitre competition take on each other as the race for the playoffs becomes even more spicier. KKR need another win to secure a guaranteed playoff spot, with a huge victory margin giving them a chance of ending the league stage in the top 2 as well. A loss, however, would mean that things won’t be in KKR’s hands, and they will have to depend on other results to help them pull through.
MI on the other hand have already secured a playoff spot and sit pretty at the top of the table, despite suffering to a tantalising loss in their last outing. A win today at Eden, their captain’s happy hunting ground would guarantee a top 2 finish, and a home qualifier.
Mumbai wouldn’t read too much into the loss against KXIP, as it was a one off incident when their bowling unit just didn’t turn up. Lasith Malinga’s form though is a matter of concern, as he has been taken for a ride in almost every game. Johnson or Southee could slot in for him, but knowing Mumbai, they wouldn’t want to make that huge call at this stage in the tournament.
KKR need to stop Rohit Sharma from getting into the act today. Half their problem is anyways solved with Rohit continuing to feature in that number 4 spot, which would force him to up the ante during the middle overs, something that is not his natural game. But when you have such a rich history at a particular ground, you keep finding ways to make it big.
Let’s get to business now!
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