Most of the times in this year IPL season 10 Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians were looking like becoming the top of the table toppers. And it was predetermined that both teams will clash in any of the deciding moment. The penultimate match of the season is the occasion when these two teams choosed to be against each other. Both teams have won the IPL crown twice and are eyeing for the third one. Mumbai Indians have been in better form this season but it won’t matter much as Kolkata Knight Riders too have come to this place by eliminating the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mumbai Indians are not familiar to the Chinnaswamy Stadium where as Kolkata Knight Riders last outing was here and it can act as their advantage. The knockout penultimate will end either of the two teams campaign of this season.
Mumbai Indians: Ambati Rayudu duck in the last match could mean that in form Nitish Rana could get a game in his place. Other changes which can be made is of Harbhajan Singh in place of Karn sharma. Harbhajan Singh can be choosen over Karn Sharma due to his experience.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons, Nitish Rana/Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh/Karn Sharma, Mitchell McCLengan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders: the pace trio of Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Trent Boult could be again maintained for the game. Manish Pandey was ruled out from the rest of the IPL due to side strain and management will have to show faith in Ishank Jaggi. A toss between Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla will make the final eleven.
Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla.
Players in the Spotlight:
Robin Uthappa: with the absence of Manish Pandey in the squad, robin Uthappa will have to share the batting responsibility along with Lynn and Gambhir. KKR will need him to fire at the start of the innings.
What: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, qualifier 2, 19th May, 20:00 IST.
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
What to expect: thunderstorms and rain is forecasted around 8-10 in the night and could affect the full time of the match. A super over will decide the winner in case of no play.
Toss Prediction: team winning the toss will choose bowling first as duckworth Lewis rule can affect the match.
Match Prediction: it would be hard to overcome Mumbai Indians Challenge but Kolkata Knight Riders are more accustomed and favorable to win at Chinnaswamy conditions.