Mumbai Indians (MI) will play against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)at Wankhede Stadium in what could be their final match before they change venues. The water shortage in Maharashtra has forced the two-time champions to shift their base to Rajasthan for the remainder of the campaign. The Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians team have played seven games thus far, the most amongst all teams, but have won just three. They are currently in the fifth place on the table, but are in good form having won two of their last three games.
This season MI have blown hot and cold this season. They’ve beaten two of the best teams in the competition – KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore, chasing stiff targets in both those matches. But then there have been days, especially when batting first, when they’ve failed to assess par scores and have struggled to come to grips with the conditions. Parthiv Patel coming good with the bat in the previous match would have at least for the moment silenced calls for Unmukt Chand or Martin Guptill to be included in the XI.
KKR performed regularly throughout the tournament so far. Their pair of Robin Uthappa and skipper Gautam Gambhir opening complement each other and one of them acts as a sheet anchor while the other goes after bowlers. KKR spin trio of Shakib, Sunil Chawla and try to change things for KKR this time. Twice winners Kolkata sitting comfortably atop the points table with eight points from five matches, having won four and lost one.
Match Summary :
Match: MI vs KKR, 24th Match, IPL 2016
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Time : 8:00 pm (20:00 IST)
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Avg 1st inn score: 188
Avg 2nd inn score:183
Match Prediction :
With the history in Mumbai favour and their top form in recent matches the chances are that MI will win today. But one cannot rule out KKR as they too are playing top notch in the tournament. Also they would certainly like to take revenge of loss in first match.
Most Probable Playing XI :
Mumbai Indians (MI) :
Rohit Sharma (captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR):
Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir (captain), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine.
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