Can the faltering Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) find an answer to their problems? There is so much riding on their next Indian Premier League 2019 match against Mumbai Indians (MI). This match #47 will be played in Kolkata on Sunday night.
What’s interesting is the fact that not long ago KKR were gunning for the top of the table. Six straight losses have put a question mark on their playoff chances. On the other hand, MI have nearly confirmed their playoff chances and can book their top-two spot with another win.
It is almost three weeks since KKR have registered a win. In IPL parlance, that almost half a season! Dinesh Karthik found his range and a score in the last match, but questions continue to gulf their below par batting.
However, it is their bowling that should take the blame. Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla have flattered to deceive, while the pacers have struggled in unison. Overall, there are too many ifs and buts around KKR right now. To pick up any win and turn their season around, they need a big miracle.
Mumbai are almost through to the playoffs with seven wins in 11 games, that include six wins in their last eight. Another win will confirm their place in the top-two, which should be the target for captain Rohit Sharma. His batting has also picked up at the right time and they look set for a final hurrah.
Jasprit Bumrah (13 wickets, ER 6.19) continues to be impressive with his economical bowling, while Lasith Malinga (12 wickets) started picking up wickets. The impressive leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has been the surprise package.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Dinesh Karthik has had lot of troubles this season, but nearly scored a century in his previous game. The dashing middle-order bat can be a good pick for your side.
Andre Russell has been the standout player of the IPL. His runs have come at very quick pace and his wickets have come at handy times. Do we need a reason to select him?
Rohit Sharma is another player who may have turned his season around. He is an excellent player to watch when in form and can be a risky-but-rewarding pick for your side.
KKR: 1 Chris Lynn 2 Sunil Narine 3 Shubman Gill 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (C & WK) 6 Andre Russell 7 Rinku Singh 8 Piyush Chawla 9 Matt Kelly 10 Kuldeep Yadav 11 Prasidh Krishna
MI: 1 Quinton de Kock (WK) 2 Rohit Sharma (C) 3 Evin Lewis 4 Suryakumar Yadav 5 Krunal Pandya 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Kieron Pollard 8 Anukul Roy 9 Rahul Chahar 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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