About the Match
Kolkata Knight Riders, riding high after their victory against mighty Kings XI at Cuttack, are with 8 points from 9 matches, winning 4 of them, are facing a determined Mumbai Indians with 6 points from 9 matches. The Mumbai Indians are recovering from their serial defeats overseas winning 3 of the 4 matches played in India; the two captains are having the measure of the team members and are leading from the front, especially Gambhir, continuously making valiant efforts in bringing victories to his team holding one end steadfast and hitting the ball well. Both teams are still alive to make the next grade if they maintain the momentum and keep reassessing the winning methods for each match.
Kolkata Knight Riders
They started well in the tournament but later lost sight because of batting failures and fielding lapses; the loss against Rajasthan Royals at Ahmedabad where they fell apart after making an opening partnership of 121 and reduced to 126 for 6 by a superb bowling by Watson and hat-trick by Tambe, was a wake-up call and then on, they have made a habit that the top order holds the ground against all odds. That determination has paid them and they have discovered the winning methods and thus inflicted a blow to the Kings XI at Cuttack in their previous match still fresh from that sweet victory. Utthappa is in great form both with the bat and behind the stumps and in the company of the captain, opening the innings, has proved valuable member of the team, to take off the pressure from other batsmen. Gambhir in outstanding form is able to control the proceedings and handling his bowlers well, shuffling them to halt the opponents from a run spree. Kallis, Shakil and Narine are giving their best all-round performance to come out with flying colors; their skills will be tested by a disciplined Mumbai Indians who will leave no stone unturned to achieve success in the encounter.
They are a rejuvenated lot, having returned from the Middle East, with no points on the table and winning 3 matches after that, 2 of them in their home ground. The last win by 7 wickets against the Sunrisers at Hyderabad is a moral boosting shot in the arm for the team and they will not look behind, with plans for each match worked out methodically to unleash defeats on the opponents, henceforth, to remain in the reckoning. Ambati Rayudu, Ben Dunk, Rohit Sharma and Gautam are sharing the top slots and building good partnerships to build the innings with Tare, Pollard and Anderson coming down the line but ensuring sustained efforts to win matches. Bumrah, Harbhajan, Pollard and Suyal are lending good support to Malinga to inflict casualties on opponents, with good support from the field.
Both teams are well balanced in their strengths and approach and while the match will go down to the wire, we expect a win for Knight Riders in their home match.
Kolkata Knight Riders, 2.00 @ Bet365