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Indian Premier League, 2018
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
The Big Picture
The Mumbai Indians, whose campaign is on a knife-edge, finally put on a complete performance against the Kings XI Punjab to give themselves a slight reprieve as they strive to redeem their fledgling campaign Two things that have hindered Mumbai this season, finally came good. After the opening duo of Rahul (24) and Gayle (50) had put on a 54-run-opening stand, Mayank Markande (1-29) accounted for Lokesh Rahul and the likes of Bumrah (1-19) and McClenaghan (1-31) coupled by some bizarre batting selection by KXIP, put a stranglehold on the batting and barring an expensive last over by Hardik Pandya (1-44), the bowling was never allowed KXIP batsmen to break free and they eventually ended with 6-174 in 20 overs
Suryakumar Yadav (283 runs in eight matches) continued to be the bedrock of their top-order, as he stroked a pristine 57 to set up the chase. Lewis and Kishan again failed to get going and it all came down to Rohit Sharma, who has played two match-winning knocks to take his side through. Hardik Pandya (23 off 13) delivered some lusty blows, before being undone by a Tye yorker, it was his brother Krunal, who made a swashbuckling 31 off just 12 balls, to seal the chase. With six points now in eight matches, Mumbai Indians stand at No.5 in the points table and would be looking to drive forward the momentum against KKR.
Their opponents in Kolkata Knight Riders played a near-perfect game against the Chennai Super Kings. While Dinesh Karthik’s plan of a spin choke worked wonders during the middle-overs of Chennai’s innings that allowed them to restrict the Men in Yellow to a sub-par 5-177 after 20 overs, Karthik’s plan to slot in Shubhman Gill at No.4 spot turned out to be a masterstroke.
Narine (32 off 20), who slashed with fire gave KKR the ideal platform in the powerplay, after losing Chriss Lynn (12) early, was ably supported by young Gill, who en-route his maiden IPL fifty, stroked a pristine 57 off 26 balls to anchor the Knight Riders chase. While Gill blazed away with copy-book cover-drives and backfoot punches, his skipper in Karthik bludgeoned the ball with ferocious ease in an 18-ball-45 to lead his side to a six-wicket win.
Where: Wankhede Stadium Mumbai
When: 06 May 2018, 8:00 PM
With close proximity to the Arabian sea, the Wankhede pitch helps the swing bowlers considerably and with red soil at its disposal, spinners don’t lack behind either. With a fair contest between bat and ball, the pitch makes for a great T20 viewing.
Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score have hovered from 146.5 to 175.43, 51.4% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (38) while team’s batting second have won 48.6% of the matches (36).
Team News and Playing 11:
- Ishan Kishan has been in ordinary form in the past few matches and Aditya Tare might come in for the left-hander.
Playing 11: JP Duminy, Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis/Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis/Ben Cutting, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan/Aditya Tare (wk), Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Nitish Rana who was injured and missed out on the last match, he is expected to replace Rinku Singh
- Mitchell Johnson (0-51) had an ordinary last game, Tom Curran might come in place of the Aussie.
Playing 11: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson/ Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana/Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi
Indian Premier League, 2018
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
The Big Picture
After a humbling at the hands of the Mumbai Indians, KXIP has now lost two games back-to-back. While they failed to chase down a poultry 132 against SRH, they lacked potency against, Mumbai Indians, which raises a valid question that is they too dependent on the opening duo of Gayle and Rahul. The opening duo again laid a platform with a 50-run partnership against MI, but a couple of things halted their progress in the middle-order. A bizarre batting order that saw an out-of-form Yuvraj Singh at No.3 and Mayank Aggarwal batting at 7 behind Axar Patel proceeded to drive out the momentum from their innings and if not for Marcus Stoinis (29 off 15 balls) last over heist against Hardik they looked prime for an under-power target.
In terms of bowling too, Axar Patel bowled just one over, and Rajpoot (0-31) and Marcus Stonis (1-37) had an underwhelming game as they leaked too many runs to aide Mumbai Indians get past the target. While Punjab is still in a good position with ten points, their opponents in Rajasthan Royals have a problem of plenty as they strive to get their fledgling campaign back on track. Currently placed at bottom of the table with six points, Rajasthan’s bowling came in for a thrashing against Delhi Daredevils in the previous match, with the likes of Unadkat, Kulkarni, and Stokes going in for plenty. Chasing 151 in 12 overs, RR made a move to the slot in Buttler at the top which paid immediate dividends as he produced a swashbuckling fifty to keep his team in the game. Short and Stokes form still remains a concern and it is how their overseas marquee players perform will define their campaign moving forward.
Where: Holkar Stadium, Indore
When: 6 May 2018, 8:00 PM
The wicket at the Holar Stadium is usually a batting paradise testified by Virender Sehwag’s 219 (then highest ODI score) against West Indies in 2011 Kohli’s double-hundred in the venue’s Test debut against England in 2016.
Statistics over the years: While over the past seven years, the average first innings score has gone from 137.5 to 169.6, the team batting second has a 100% success rate.
Team News and Playing 11
Kings XI Punjab
- Aaron Finch has been in dismal form this season and might pave way for his Aussie compatriot Marcus Stoinis.
- Manoj Tiwary was dropped in favor of Yuvraj Singh, but after the left-hander coped another failure, Tiwary might get a look-in again.
Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Aaron Finch/Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Barinder/Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Anureet Singh was seen practicing and might replace Lamror.
- Ish Sodhi might come in for D’Archy Short
RR Playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Jos Buttler, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ish Sodhi/D’Archy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Mahipal Lomror/Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer
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