About the Match
Yet again its time for a summer full of cricketing fun as the Indian Premier League is set to be kicked off on 8th Apr at Kolkata with reigning champions Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Mumbai Indians in the first match of the season. Crowds will be excited to see their heroes from the sub-continent as well as some international stars, who have recently made a huge impression with their talents on display at the world cup. While KKR has lifted the title twice and has proven to be a formidable force to reckon with, Mumbai Indians have tasted victory once and will be raring to go once again with a strong performance on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma will be at the helm of things for Mumbai Indians as he leads the side from the front; his recent heroics with the bat give him the competitive edge in facing the strongest opponents and he will definitely use this platform to turn around the team’s fortune this season. Corey Anderson, who was seen firing from all cylinders during the world cup, will be a strong asset to the team along with all-rounders like Kieron Pollard. Aaron Finch is in good from and is likely to open the innings with batsmen like Unmukt Chand or Rohit himself; Aiden Blizzard, Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Ambati Rayudu and Merchant de Lange will provide the stability in the middle order while the bowling unit is strong with proven wicket-takers like Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Josh Hazlewood, Pragyan Ojha, Vinay Kumar and Mitchell McClenaghan. They will need to gel as a unit and do well right from the start; with many match-winners in the side, Mumbai Indians surely look a determined side to do well on Wednesday and give a tough challenge to the hosts.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The defending champions had cause for worry with players like Neesham and Lynn ruled out due to injury but they have found replacements in Johan Botha and Azhar Mahmood who are proven all-rounders. The team consists of captain Gautam Gambhir, who has not featured in the national side for a long time but has been playing domestic cricket, and batsmen like Manish Pandey, Robin Utthappa, Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan ten Doeschate among others. With Sunil Narine getting the go ahead to feature in IPL, the bowling squad hold promise along with stars like Umesh Yadav, who was sensational during the world cup. Morne Morkel and Pat Cummins will try to repeat their strong performance with the ball while Piyush Chawla and Yusuf Pathan are looking strong with their wicket taking abilities. There are plenty of all-rounders like Andre Russell and Kuldeep Yadav and youngsters like Veer Pratap Singh, Sayan Mondal and Suryakumar Yadav who will be eager to step up and perform for the team. Overall, the team has some new faces but will be a strong unit when it comes to delivering results on the field.
While Mumbai Indians have had a dry spell for a long time, they will be motivated to start the season on a winning note especially with the inclusion of star performers in the side; however, KKR with the home advantage are better placed to win the opening match on Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders, 1.72 @ TitanBet