In an important match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in the qualifier 2 of Vivo Indian Premiere League season 10 at Bangalore’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium today, both the team will look to book the final spot at Hyderabad in Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Sunday 21st May 2017.
Mumbai Indians will look to regain the momentum after their 20 run loss to RPS on Tuesday.
But team Kolkata Knight Riders will want to build on the momentum after their fantastic win over the SRH team.
Although Mumbai has won both the matches against Kolkata in the league stage but they can take the KKR side lightly.
Before the match starts here are the Players to watch out for the contest between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders –
Mumbai Indians –
Lendi Simmons – The West Indian opener should contribute in this do or die game for Mumbai Indians. He is a perfect replacement for Jos Buttler but like other Mumbai batsmen, he also should be a consistent performer for his team. in the match against RPS he couldn’t contribute. He is a dangerous batsman and he should prove it against KKR.
Kieron Pollard – Pollard has been the selected in the team as an all-rounder but his bowling skills are not been used by the skipper Rohit Sharma and his batting lacks consistency. He should step up and be the hero with bat and ball. As an all-rounder Pollard should justify his selection otherwise he won’t be the part of the team anymore.
Rohit Sharma – The skipper struck some form but he hasn’t been going well with the bat. A one word for the Mumbai Indians batting is inconsistent. From Skipper Rohit Sharma to the last recognised batsmen all are “Inconsistent” that has hurt them in the match against RPS too. But this time the captain should stand up and lead the team from the front. He has won 2 out of 2 matches against KKR this year. So this momentum is enough for him to take charge and get his team into the finals.
Lasith Malinga – The swing bowler hasn’t had a best of time in this year’s IPL. Against RPS he was economical. But he needs to pick up wickets at regular intervals like he use to do in past for Sri Lanka and for Mumbai Indians. If Malinga is back in his bowling rhythm then MI will be in another final of IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders –
Gautam Gambhir – Apart from few matches Skipper Gambhir has been in good touch for KKR. In their last match he is the one who guided his team to victory. His 32 not out was the match savour one. Now he should aim to repeat such performance and win the 1st match against Mumbai Indians this season.
Sunil Narnie – Excellent discovery by skipper Gambhir. Now Sunil Narnie is playing as a potential all-rounder. First, he was known only as a spinner but now he has been a terrific opener for KKR. Narnie and Chris Lynn have given KKR some good starts while opening the innings. sunil Narnie also has a record of fastest fifty to his name. If he continues to hammer the new ball bowlers then KKR may have a chance to lift the IPL trophy again.
Nathan Coulter Nile – The Aussie pacer will again be the bowler in the qualifier 2 against MI. Against SRH at the same pitch he was simply outstanding. He and other bowlers of KKR restricted the batting power house of SRH for just 128. Mumbai Indians too are a batting power house and KKR needs Nathan Coulter Nile to bowl such match winning spells.
Piyush Chawla – He is the most reliable spinner for KKR over the years. He may go runs for some runs but the important part is the he picks up wickets and he is the handy batsman lower down the order. Against spin playing Mumbai Chawla’s 4 overs will be crucial.