KKR vs MI Preview (Match No 5)

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KKR vs MI Preview

KKR vs MI Preview

Mumbai Indians will meet Kolkata Knight Riders in an important match in Chennai on April 13. Mumbai is ahead 21-6 head to head. and had been unbeaten against KKR past couple of seasons. It remains to be seen how KKR shed their baggage against their nemesis.

After a long time, KKR will face Mumbai early in the tournament and onlookers say that this is the best time to meet Mumbai who is found generally rusty at the start of the tournament. Also, KKR is coming off a good victory against a strong SRH team, hence will be confident. Their bowling attack performed well overall with Cummins being the pick of the bowlers and Prasidh generating pace. Also, KKR has a better spin attack than Mumbai in Chennai conditions with more variety.

Nitish Rana as opener and Rahul Tripathy at 3 has excelled in SRH game and so will be full of confidence. One hopes that Morgan and Russell fires against Mumbai.

Probable XI

Rana , Gill , Tripathy , Morgan , Shakib , Dinesh Karthik , Russell , Cummins , Harbhajan , Varun , Prasidh.

MI have issues with Hardik Pandya’s fitness as per their director of operations Zaheer Khan . Zaheer explained that due to shoulder injury Hardik did not bowl in 1st match but will be seen in bowling action shortly . Quinton D Kock will be available for selection . Lynn and Surya Kumar Yadav had decent outings in 1st match and one hopes that Pollard and Pandya brothers fires .

The MI bowling is pace dominated and hence as was seen in RCB game, they may have their struggles on Chennai pitch due to lesser experienced spinners compared to KKR. However it is expected that they may play Piyush Chawla in this game to bolster the spin department and use his experience.

Probable XI

Rohit, D Kock , Lynn , Surya , Pollard , Hardik , Krunal , Piyush , Bumrah , Boult , Rahul Chahar

With the match being played at Chennai, KKR has an edge due to their spin composition. However, they need to shed their mental block of playing against Mumbai.

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