The two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders will play against the defending champion Mumbai Indians at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium on Tuesday. Fresh from their opening victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, KKR is looking for a second victory while playing against Mumbai Indians in their second IPL match in Mumbai.
Having missed the last two playoffs, the KKR were completely different against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last encounter in which they defeated SRH by 10 runs in their IPL opener on Sunday. In the last encounter, KKR’s top and middle-order including Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi and Dinesh Karthik displayed a fearless approach under skipper Eoin Morgan. But Gill’s struggle to bat at T20 against pace has been a concern for KKR and it will be interesting to see his approach against the Mumbai Indians top-class bowling.
The five-time champion, Mumbai Indians will pose real challenge for KKR as the title holders would be desperate to secure their first win of the season after their two-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opener on Friday. KRR found it easy against SRH bowlers, which lacked firepower but in Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, the Mumbai Indians attack will be a completely different proposition.
For Mumbai Indians, there are two things that are as constant as the pole star. One, they don’t win their tournament openers they’ve lost every opening encounter since 2013 and the other is their utter dominance over Kolkata Knight Riders, having won 21 of the 27 completed matches, including nine in the last ten.
In his debut match for Mumbai Indians, Chris Lynn was their top-scorer, while Mumbai Indian’s explosive middle-order consisting of Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — also failed to fire as they were restricted to 159 for 9.
KKR: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy
MI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
Venue: Chepauk Stadium, Chennai
Time: 7:30 PM IST