MI vs KKR Preview: The Sportsrush presents before you full preview of the 56th match of IPL 2019 between Indians and Knight Riders.
The Mumbai Indians take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last league game of this IPL. KKR will have a chance to win and qualify for the playoffs if RCB manage to defeat SRH in today’s match.
Otherwise, KKR will need a humongous victory to get above SRH’s net run rate. It is a big match and the Wankhede will be packed to see Shah Rukh Khan’s team taken on the Mumbai Indians at Mumbai.
KKR did defeat MI in the first leg in Kolkata a week back but the Head to Head records are massively in favour of MI who will be looking for revenge and also, a top 2 finish at any cost. A win would also give MI the required momentum going into the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians have won 2 of their last 4 matches and are coming off a Super Over victory against the Sunrisers. They need to continue dominating KKR at Mumbai and display a comprehensive performance for the last time at the Wankhede this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders have also won 2 of their last 4 matches but are coming off 2 victories on the trot and would want to win this one to have a chance at qualifying for the playoffs.
KKR need to believe in themselves and defy the odds to finish the league stages with a win. KKR is finally playing as a team with contributions from most of the players. This needs to continue in this match as well.
Mumbai Indians would not make too many changes to their team for this match. Sran has been a little expensive but Mumbai might back him to come good in this match. The other option is to bring in Mitchell McClenaghan and drop Evin Lewis who has not taken the IPL by fire in the 3 matches that he played.
KKR might look to go in with a similar team combination for this match. The only concern would be that they have 5 recognized bowlers and if one of them have a bad day, they might struggle. Kuldeep Yadav is an option but that would mean Rinku Singh would have to sit out.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 4, 2019
Pitch and Weather Prediction
The Wankhede, as Rohit Sharma pointed out, has played a little differently this season with many teams winning matched batting first. It has held up a bit in the second innings and also provided some assistance to the spinners. The average score here in this season is 177 which is lower than previous years. However, a par score on this track would be above 180 surely.
Mumbai will experience a hot and humid weather on Sunday evening. The skies will be clear which means there is a high probability of encountering a significant amount of dew. The temperature will remain around 29°C throughout the match.
If Mumbai Indians win the toss, they might look to bat first like they did in the last match. Rohit also feels that is the right way to play there. However, Dinesh Karthik might disagree and KKR may opt to bowl first if they win the toss considering they love to chase.