About the Match
The Knight Riders won their first match against Daredevils by 9 wickets to kick-start their campaign on a positive note; they will now look to repeat their performance against Mumbai Indians, who suffered defeat against the new team Supergiants in their opening match, on 13th April at Kolkata. The reigning champions were dominated by the Pune team in all departments of the game, losing the match by 9 wickets; they will now have to make amends by trying to overcome the challenge posed by the hosts on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The bowlers squashed the efforts of Daredevils batsmen, managing to restrict the visitors to just 98 runs; fast-bowlers Andre Russell took 3-24 to punch the opening blow and spinners Brad Hogg and Piyush Chawla took 5 wickets between them. Combined with a brilliant effort by speedster John Hastings, who picked up 2-6 in less than 3 overs, the Knight Riders demolished the Delhi batting line-up, getting them all out by the 18th over.
Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir put up a 69-run opening stand to start the chase with a bang; both scored 30+ runs each and with help from Manish Pandey’s 15 off 12, KKR wrapped up the game in 14 overs to register an emphatic win. The batsmen are in good form and with players like Munro and S Yadav, hard-hitters like Pathan and Russell, Kolkata can surely do well to post a big total if batting first.
The bowling attack is well-balanced with pace and spin capabilities; with the players comfortable on home turf, the upcoming match against Mumbai Indians could prove to be a piece of cake for them.
It was a humiliating start for Mumbai as they suffered defeat against the Dhoni-led Supergiants team in their opening match; batting first, the team comprising of Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma, Jos Buttler and Pandya, fell easy prey to the pace attack from the opposition. Ambati Rayudu put up a lone fight with 22 off 27 while spinner Harbhajan Singh, was the top scorer with a well-made 45 off 30 deliveries to help them post a respectable 121 runs on board.
Sadly, Singh was also the only bowler to take a wicket; others like Bumrah, Pandya, McClenaghan and Vinay Kumar failed to impress with their fast bowling skills, giving away too many runs and ultimately succumbing to a huge loss by 9 wickets with 32 balls remaining.
They have a star-studded team with proven match-winners like Simmons, Buttler, Pandya, Bumrah and Singh; however, they need to regroup and use the resources cleverly if they want to improve in the upcoming games. Rohit Sharma has been on a lean patch for some time now; he will need to lead from the front and help change the fortunes of the team.
Kolkata not only has the home advantage but also the psychological upper hand after their recent win; Mumbai has a good batting line-up but unless they come out all guns blazing here, it will be a tough ask to outwit the hosts. The match could go down to the wire but we feel KKR has the edge to emerge victorious yet again on Wednesday