Cricket match date: 28th April 2019
Cricket match time: 08:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KKR
Team B: MI
Team A Captain: Dinesh Karthik
Team B Captain: Rohit Sharma
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Cricket Match Preview:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), in the middle of their biggest downward slide ever, will take on a familiar nemesis, Mumbai Indians (MI), for the first time in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). As if the six losses out of their last six cricket games were not enough, KKR will now have to contend with a side against whom they have been unbelievably poor over the years.
In the last five cricket games, KKR have been defeated by MI in all of them. KKR have only managed to win a handful of cricket games over the entire decade against MI and it is hard to understand the reason behind it. IPL have gone through entire structural change with teams going through auctions frequently, but still, even with changing squads, one thing has remained permanent and that is KKR struggle against MI.
KKR’s bizarre run in this year’s IPL does not help either. They were at the top position not too long ago after the first five cricket games but since then, they have lost six games in a row and they do not know how and where their next win is going to come from. MI, on the other hand, are just two wins away from sealing the playoff spot. They have four cricket games still left in the kitty and are real favourites to reach the top two spots as well.
One of the main reasons behind the poor performance of KKR against MI has been the bowling performances of the latter. MI have bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, who is known to hit the hard lengths that prove difficult for the batsmen of KKR to get away. Even the likes of usually destructive Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn have struggled against them historically.
With this season almost gone out of their hands, KKR will look to rest the old ghosts against MI. If they can win even one of the two cricket games scheduled against them, they will get a lot of confidence. At this stage, any victory for KKR will feel like gold dust anyways. From MI’s point of view, they will not get a better opponent to face at this stage of the tournament. They know that they have had wood over KKR for a long time and that mental block will be hard to remove.
Cricket Match Information:
KKR will take on MI for the first time in this year’s IPL. Currently, while KKR are struggling at the sixth position with just four wins out of 11 cricket games, MI are at the third spot with six wins out of ten cricket games.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KKR are being led by Dinesh Karthik for the second season in a row. After a great start, KKR have faded away and are now on the verge of elimination. Our prediction is of the inclusion of Matt Kelly in place of Carlos Brathwaite in the side.
Here is our prediction of KKR’s playing XI:
- Shubhman Gill
- Chris Lynn
- Sunil Narine
- Andre Russell
- Nitish Rana
- Dinesh Karthik
- Y Prithvi Raj
- Piyush Chawla
- Matt Kelly
- Prasidh Krishna
- Rinku Singh
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
MI are being led by Rohit Sharma this year as well. MI are well-placed right now at number three position on the points table. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of MI’s playing XI:
- Rohit Sharma
- Quinton de Kock
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Ben Cutting
- Yuvraj Singh
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Rahul Chahar
- Ben Cutting
- Jason Behrendorff
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Rohit Sharma has not been in good form in this IPL. No game will be better to get back in form than against KKR, whom he has had a great run in the past. Hence, our prediction is of a good knock from him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The pitch in Eden Gardens has been beautiful to bat on and for the bowlers who can hit hard length, it can do something for them, too. Our prediction is of a score of around 200 this time around. Conditions are expected to be hot and humid.
MI will begin this game of cricket as overwhelming favourites. They have had a great record against KKR over the years. Hence, our prediction is of an easy MI victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Rohit Sharma (MI) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – 2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Rohit Sharma (MI)
Kolkata Knight Riders – 2.05
Mumbai Indians – 1.71
*odds may change anytime