Few Mumbai Indians fans will be disappointed with their team’s loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the competition’s first game, given their track record. They have a history of being slow starters, but if there is one game in which they will be fully assured, it will be against Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Indians have dominated the Knights since the competition began, and they will look to continue that trend. Though this time, things will be a little different. First and foremost, the Knights would be ecstatic after their hard-fought victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Furthermore, the match will be played in Chennai, where KKR’s spin trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh, and Mohammed Shami will enjoy bowling in this venue.
On the day of the match, Chennai should be gloomy and humid, with an average temperature of around 29 degrees Celsius. Dew will play a part in the game’s later stages.
The wicket in Chennai has been good for batting, though a little slow. Although there haven’t been many turns, the ball has gripped the surface on a few occasions. A game with a score of about 170 should be exciting.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar/Piyush Chawla
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Dream 11:
Suryakumar Yadav (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Krunal Pandya, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna
Winning the toss
Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders), Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians)
Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders), Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Kolkata Knight Riders 180+, Mumbai Indians 190+
Although both teams had mixed results in their first games, Mumbai Indians appear to be the stronger team on paper. Their batting lineup seems strong, and they could exploit the Kolkata Knight Riders’ lack of specialist death bowlers.
Although the optimistic Kolkata Knight Riders side can put up a fight, Mumbai Indians is expected to win this match.
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