Kolkata Knight Riders playoff hopes will face a stern challenge as they play Mumbai Indians in their last home match of the season at Eden Gardens tonight.
The visitors do have an upper hand on paper with 18 wins and 5 losses against us in 23 matches. DK and his Knights will look to change the equation tonight as they’ll have to win all three matches to stay in contention to finish in the top four.
Narine against MI players
Sunil Narine is a key player when it’s about giving KKR a flying start at the top order. But Skipper Dinesh Karthik will rely heavily on his bowling against key MI players.
Narine vs Evin Lewis
Inns: 12 Dismissed: 5 Bowling Avg: 12
Narine vs Krunal Pandya
Inns: 4 Dismissed: 2 Bowling Avg: 11
Narine vs Rohit Sharma
Inns: 17 Dismissed: 7 Bowling Avg: 18.7
Despite our history against MI, KKR has all the arsenal to go all guns blazing in front of home crowd.
Our last win against MI came in 2015. A win tonight will keep our hopes alive this season. There's no doubt about what our players can do with the bat. Against Rajasthan Royals we were well in control of the game with both bat and ball before losing a close game.
It's now or never for KKR and we need to bring our A-Game against the visitors tonight.
Rohit Sharma-led MI is currently second in the points table. They have won six of their last eight matches with two defeats coming against Rajasthan Royals.
A win tonight will take them to the top of the points table with 16 points and more or less confirm their playoff spot.
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Rinku Singh, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa
MI: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Barinder Sran, Ben Cutting, Beuran Hendricks, Evin Lewis, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Lasith Malinga, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Pankaj Jaswal, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Rasikh Salam, Siddhesh Lad, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh
Last Five Meetings
KKR 5-0 MI
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Date & Time: Sunday, 28th April 2019, 8 PM