IPL News- Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders, who performed brilliantly against Hyderabad, will enter IPL matches on Tuesday against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians with the intention of maintaining this rhythm. On the opposite hand, Mumbai lost by two wickets to Royal Challengers Bangalore within the first match would be eyeing the return to victory.
KKR, who couldn’t make it to the playoffs within the last two seasons, defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs in the first match on Sunday. After the aggressive batting of the top order, Dinesh Karthik’s nine-ball 22 helped KKR adopt a fearless attitude.
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Captain Eoin Morgan hinted at the time of the toss. The opening pair of Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill showed their attitude by attacking with the first ball. KKR was expected to perform well in 2020 with batsmen like Andre Russell, Karthik and Morgan in the middle order, but it could not happen due to lack of strategy. This time, KKR have strengthened the middle order by including Bangladesh’s Shakib-Al-Hasan while keeping West Indies’ Sunil Narine out. the same is expected to happen during this match.
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Rana’s wrist use and aggression were fully visible on Sunday when KKR kept the pressure on despite Rashid Khan’s double whammy. After Rana’s 56-ball 80, Karthik scored 22 off nine balls to take the team to 187 for 6 . KKR’s intentions will be to settle the old account of the five-time champions from Mumbai. KKR have won only one of the last 12 matches against Mumbai.
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Now it’s also the captaincy of Morgan and Rohit Sharma. it will not be easy for the KKR batsmen to play openly in front of bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. Gill’s poor form is a matter of concern for KKR and now they’re going to face the simplest bowlers. Mumbai, who have always started slow, suffered defeat in the first match because of the brilliant performances of RCB’s Harshal Patel and AB de Villiers.
Chris Lynn scored the most runs in his first match for Mumbai but his innings weren’t flawless. If Quinton Deacock remains in seclusion, Lynn will need to start the innings. Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Pandya brothers will also be expected to perform better.
Total Matches: 27
Mumbai win: 21
KKR win: 06
Both teams Players
KKR: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Famous Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakraborty, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwari, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Suchit Roy , Ishaan Kishan, Quinton Dickock, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhveer Charak, Marco Jensen, Arjun Tendulkar.