05 May 2019: MI vs KKR IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

05 May 2019: MI vs KKR IPL Match Analysis, Preview and Prediction

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It’s the last match of the group stages of IPL 2019. Mumbai take on Kolkata at the Wankhede. Mumbai have already qualified with 8 wins, while KKR will do so with a win. Kolkata sit on 12 points and a win will take them to the qualifiers, now that SRH have lost. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai have already sealed the qualifying berth and are now looking to grab the second spot. A win against old favourites KKR will certainly do the job. MI is in a good form as of late, especially after defeating table toppers Chennai at their home ground. Skipper Rohit Sharma returned to his old self in the past few matches. Hardik Pandya is the form of his life and MI will look to utilize him to knock KKR bowlers around the park. Yadav and Pollard will need to assist Pandya down the order.

The return of Lasith Malinga has immediately strengthened Mumbai’s bowling attack. Malinga took home four wickets against Chennai. With him and Bumrah, MI have the best death over duo in IPL. Hardik and Krunal do well in the slog overs with Sran providing extra option.

Hardik Pandya will be the danger man for MI. Lewis and Pollard also have the ability to clear the ropes with ease. Malinga and Bumrah are undoubtedly the main threat to KKR.

Predicted XI

Rohit Sharma, Quintin de Kock, Evin Lewis, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Barinder Sran, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, jasprit Bumrah.

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR have to win this one at all costs. Kolkata started off well but have been unable to carry on the momentum in the last few matches. Now SRH are out, KKR will qualify with a win as they are on 12 points. The over dependence on Russell in the first few matches have cost KKR dearly. With any other batsman unable to find the mark, KKR are in a tight spot now. Bumping up Shubman Gill has been of help. Lynn and Nitish Rana also have struggled with the bat this season. Captain Dinesh Karthik has improved his form in the recent matches and will hope to continue on his form today. Russell is the main person KKR will look to win the match.

It’s not just the batting which has been poor for KKR. A constant leakage of runs has cost them badly. The absence of a specialist death over bowler has also been hurtful to the team. Despite that, Piyush Chawla remains KKR’s most influential bowler. Narine and young Prasidh Krishna will look to utilize the slow pitch to their advantage.

Karthik is the hope of a poor batting form. Russell is dangerous as always if he gets going. Chawla and Narine hopefully can get things done on a slow track.

Predicted XI

Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna.

Prediction: Who’ll Win Today?

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    It’s the bowling which will decide the winner of today’s match. Mumbai sure have the edge when it comes to pace but the better spinners will take the match in KKR’s favour.

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