When they met in Kolkata, Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders played one of IPL 2019’s most exciting matches. Now, in Mumbai, they’re both going to play their last IPL 2019 group stage match against each other.
It’s a match that will have a lot of riding on it. If they want to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs, the Kolkata Knight Riders must win this match. That task may be tough or straightforward depending on the outcome of the Sunrisers Hyderabad match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Both the Sunrisers as well as the Knight Riders have one match to play on 12 points. The Sunrisers ‘ net run-rate is much better than the Knight Riders, and that’s why they will almost certainly be put through a win against the Royal Challengers.
But if the Sunrisers lose, then the Kolkata Knight Riders need only win in order to qualify.
The Mumbai Indians will stand in their way. Having qualified for the playoffs of the IPL 2019, the Mumbai Indians will have a top-2 finish.
The 2019 MI vs. KKR IPL will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Let’s check out the fantasy cricket tips of MI vs KKR Dream11Team and Match Prediction
The team that wins the toss will probably want to bat second. In fact, Mumbai Indians chose to bat in their previous match, but we don’t think they’re going to take that chance against Kolkata. In this crucial game, the Knight Riders prefer to chase and will definitely want a target in front of them.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The 2019 MI vs. KKR IPL will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. We can expect to play cricket in Mumbai on the match day with some good conditions. No rain is expected and the temperatures will also be quite comfortable.
The humidity will be very high, which could mean dew on the ground.
For the batsmen, the previous match played at the Wankhede was a bit hard. For the spinners, there was some help in it and the scores were around 160. We believe that for this game, things will return to normal. The batting is very strong on both sides and the small ground will make the boundaries easy to clear.
MI VS KKR SQUAD:
MI Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton De Kock (wk), Ewin Luis, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kioren Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, L. Malinga, Barindar Saran Rahul Chahar
KKR Predicted Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Robin Utthapa, Dinesh Kartik (c) (wk), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana Piyush Chawla, Sunil Naraine, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier
Mumbai Indians won their previous match and qualified for the playoffs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in a Super Over. Now, they have a hard task to stop a team from joining a Kolkata Knight Riders in the playoffs.
There are two reasons why this match will be desperately won by the Mumbai Indians. The first is to reach the top-2 and therefore have two chances of reaching the final IPL 2019. The other is to avoid facing the eliminator’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Yes, there is a very good chance that if they lose their last group match, Mumbai will have to play against Kolkata for the third time in IPL 2019. This is one thing the Mumbai Indians will want to avoid at all costs with match winners like Andre Russell on the Kolkata side.
The Wankhede conditions are very similar to what we find in the Gardens of Eden. The pitch is good for batting, and in most encounters, high scores can be seen. That’s why Mumbai needs to sort out that it’s batting.
Quinton de Kock did not work out of 58 balls in the previous match for his 69, nor did any other batsman contribute. A total of 162 at the Wankhede was much smaller than what is usually a winning total.
Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, and Hardik Pandya’s excellent bowling performance kept Mumbai in the game. The side won’t have the same margin of error against a batting lineup that needs to be stronger for Kolkata Knight Riders.
We also believe the Mumbai Indians will be under tremendous pressure as they face the Kolkata Knight riders due to the way they lost their previous match against them. For Mumbai to be able to stop a resurgent Kolkata side in this match will take a heavy effort.
In the previous match, the Kolkata Knight Riders showed some signs of pressure. They dropped some easy catches and even removed the top-order, letting the Kings XI Punjab side reach a big total. The weaknesses in the bowling lineup have once again surfaced, and in this match, this will also be something to work on.
In the two games he played, Sandeep Warrior was pretty good. In the first 10 overs, similar to Deepak Chahar, Dinesh Karthik tried to bowl him out and protect him from the overs of death. It’s not a bad tactic for players like Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma to be tested.
The Mumbai Indians could target Harry Gurney, while Andre Russell and Piyush Chawla could also be quite expensive. This makes it very difficult to rely on the Kolkata Knight Riders bowling attack, especially in conditions that will be excellent for batting.
While the bowling was poor, they found their rhythm in batting by Kolkata Knight Riders. They finally listened to the crowds screaming at them to give the order a chance to Shubman Gill and it pays off pretty much.
In the five games he opened, Gill scored four fifties. This is now one of the most dangerous opening partnerships, along with Chris Lynn. The batting order was also sufficiently flexible to adapt to the conditions. Andre Russell seems to come in without 10 overs to go, while Dinesh Karthik takes on more responsibilities himself.
This is the batting lineup we had hoped to see from the very beginning of the tournament, but if a little luck goes its way, the team could still have a chance to make the playoffs.
This match cannot be approached on its own and must be taken against the Royal Challengers in the context of the outcome of the Sunrisers match. If the side of the Sunrisers Hyderabad can beat the Royal Challengers then the equation before the Knight Riders might be nearly impossible. In this case, bet on the Mumbai Indians to win.
However, if the Bangalore Royal Challengers end up winning against the Sunrisers then we think that Kolkata Knight Riders have every chance to win. They have a lineup of in-form batting capable of winning the game.
Wager to win on the Kolkata Knight Riders.
MI VS KKR DREAM11 TEAM
Keeper – Quinton De Cock
Batsmen – Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana, Shubham.Gill
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Andre Russell
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, B. Sran, H.Gurney
S. Gill (VC)
Battle to watch: H. Pandya Vs A. Russell
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Quinton De Kock won’t be playing.