KKR vs MI 28th April 2019: Who’ll Win Today?

KKR vs MI 28th April 2019: Who’ll Win Today?

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A battle of captains!

A weekend double delight will see Kolkata take on Mumbai in today’s second match. The 47th match of the VIVO IPL 2019 will be taking place at Eden Gardens. Mumbai are better off as of now with 14 points. One more win will see them qualify for the playoffs. Kolkata, on the other hand are downright in a pile of trouble. With just 8 points they are one better off RCB in the table. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knights are on a poor run. With six back to back loses, 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. 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 hasn’t been of help. Lynn and Nitish Rana also have struggled with the bat this season. Captain Dinesh Karthik, who struck a dazzling knock of 97 in their previous match, will hope to continue on his form today. Russell, who had been brilliant in the opening matches, has gone cold. Another West Indian Carlos Brathwaite will also look to hit big ones.

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, Carlos Brathwaite, Rinku Singh, Piyush Chawla, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai are just one win away from joining Chennai in the play offs. With 14 points, MI is looking to seal the deal by defeating Kolkata at their home ground. 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 with a knock of 67 against CSK. Quintin de Kock and Evin Lewis will also have to be at their best and score runs today. The Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal along with the dangerous Pollard have to score if the top order fails.

The returning 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 Ankul Roy providing extra option.

Rohit Sharma 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, Ankul Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, jasprit Bumrah.

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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