About the Match
The Mumbai Indians will try and get their campaign back in order after losing the first game quite convincingly to Pune. They are up against Kolkata Knight Riders, a side though that blitzed past its opponents in the most spectacular way possible. Who will end up the victor when they meet in Mumbai?
Mumbai Indians made 184 and lost a game where they really should have competed a bit more while KKR chased down 184 in their opening game with 10 wickets and 5.1 overs to spare. This game between the two is set to be a high scoring affair as the Wankhede is probably the best pitch to bat on in the country.
Mumbai will hope that Jos Buttler can go on to make a big score as he looked in terrific form in the first match. Others around him though will need to find their feet quickly. Parthiv Patel has a tendency to get a start and then get out while Rohit Sharma has been out of cricket for a long time now.
It is unwise to count Rohit Sharma out, though. He has scored 2707 runs in the IPL with a fantastic 98 against KKR as well.
We would advise backing Buttler as the top batsman for Mumbai but a Rohit Sharma inning is never far away.
Mumbai’s bowling was poor against Pune but they could have the services of a fit again Malinga for this match. That will be a big boost to Mumbai as Malinga took 5 wickets in two T20 matches against Bangladesh last week and looked to be back to his best.
KKR themselves could not have dreamed of a better start to their campaign. They chased down 184 thanks to a record-breaking opening partnership and announced their title intentions to everyone. Chris Lynn hit 8 sixes in his innings of 93 not out. We think he has the potential to do this on a regular basis and would back him to be the highest scorer in every game that he plays.
Lynn proved in the Big Bash and other T20 tournaments around the world that he is a completely new breed of consistent power hitters.
Gautam Gambhir also batted splendidly along with Lynn and with players like Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, and Chris Woakes to follow, KKR is looking like the team to beat in these early stages.
Their bowling and fielding were pretty average in the first match although the form of Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla would have made the management happy. Chris Woakes, Trent Boult, and Sunil Narine would be disappointed with their start, although, they could improve as they get into the tournament.
We have a feeling that both teams will stick to the same sides for this match. KKR has all the momentum going for it and we think that Mumbai is in for another hammering at home. KKR to win.