Preview and Predictions: IPL match 7- Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Both the teams playing tomorrow are the guardians of their own fortresses. While Kolkata Knight Riders will be the visitors in this case but Mumbai Indians would be having huge crowd support and the home advantage. Mumbai Indians were on the losing side despite putting a very competitive total on the board against Rising Pune Supergiant. On the other hand Kolkata Knight Riders had a tremendous start to their IPL 2017 with winning the game against Gujarat Lions with a huge margin of 10 wickets. Kolkata Knight Riders would be high with positivity while Mumbai Indians would like to reconsider their bowling attack. 

Last time they played:

Despite Kolkata Knight Riders posting a competitive total of 174 on board courtesy their great opening partnership lost the match to Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians chased down the target in 18 overs with Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu shining with the bats. 

Head to head battle:

Out of total 18 battles between the two teams, Kolkata Knight Riders have only won five of the matches and rest 13 are won by the Mumbai Indians franchise. 

Form Guide:

Mumbai Indians: LLWLW

Kolkata Knight Riders: WLWLL

Team Preview:

Mumbai Indians: Mumbai Indians played their last match with a baller short and that was the reason why they lost the game the last night. And they will have to rethink building their current playing eleven. Good news for the team is Lasith Malinga is free from his national duties and is available for the next match but the main question is will he get a game to play. Batting wasn’t the main concern for the team and they will have to make place for Harbhajan Singh to play. Or they can robe in Asela Gunaratne in place of Southee and an extra domestic indian seamer to sum up the bowling attack.Rayudu uncertainty to play due to injury is another set back to the team. The combination of playing eleven will be crucial for the Mumbai Indians. 

From: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Kulwant Khejroliya, Siddhesh Lad, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Punia, Nitish Rana, Ambati Rayudu, Jitesh Sharma, Karn Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar

Probable XI: 1- Parthiv Patel (Wicket-keeper)2- Jos Butler 3- Rohit Sharma (Captain)4- Nitish Rana 5- Krunal Pandya 6- Keiron Pollard7- Hardik Pandya8- Harbhajan Singh9-Mclenaghan10- Tim Southee/Malinga 11- Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata Knight Riders: Knight Riders had a great outing in their last game and they are unlikely to make any changes to the playing eleven. Shakib is back in the team and can be included in the playing eleven in place of Chris woakes. If so Piyush Chawla is likely make way for any of one domestic pacer most probably it would be Ankit Rajpoot. Kolkata Knight Riders would love to improve their winning ratio against the Mumbai Indians.

From: Gautam Gambhir(c), Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Darren Bravo, Rishi Dhawan, Chris Woakes, Rovman Powell, Ishank Jaggi, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey,  Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes/Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla/Ankit Rajpoot, Trent Boult

Players to watch out for:

Chris Lynn: Chris Lynn theory of read and exploit the ball made him the star the other night. He would like continue his good run of form in the coming game as well.

Keiron Pollard: The hard hitting West Indian had a great time with the bat and for Mumbai Indians to register a win he will be needed to exploit with the bat.

What: 7th macth IPL, Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

When:9th April, 20:00 IST

Where: Wankhede stadium,Mumbai

What to expect: a sunny day with little cold at night. Temperature is supposed be around 37°C.

Pitch Prediction: picth is full of runs with early help for the swing bowlers and in second innings spinners will be prove handy.

Toss Prediction: the team winning the toss will choose to bowl first as chasing teams have won more matches than batting first.

Match Prediction: 60% Chances of Kolkata Knight Riders proving out to be winners.

Betting tips:

* Wait for the toss to happen and choose the team to bet for.

* 6 over bet should be always chosen as up.

Pitch stats:


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