Match 54 IPL 2017 (2017-05-13) @ Kolkata (EG)
Mumbai have won 4 of the last 7 matches between these 2 sides. Mumbai won when these 2 sides met earlier in the tournament. KKR scored 178 in their 20 overs thanks to 81 from Manish Pandey. Mumbai chased it down with 1 ball to spare thanks to 29 from 11 balls by Hardik Pandya. Krunal Pandya was the of the pick of the Mumbai bowlers that day taking 3 for 24.
KKR have played 5 matches so far this year at Eden Gardens. They have won 3 and lost 2. KKR have won 8 matches and lost 5 this season. Their net run rate is very high so they will qualify for the playoffs whatever happens in this match.
Their top order has been explosive all season but they have struggled at times to maintain their run rate when wickets fall. They may use this match to restore the original opening pair of Gambhir and Lynn. Gambhir does not look good coming in down the order. KKR's bowling has been expensive during the tournament but they have been able to take wickets at crucial times.
Mumbai qualified for the play-offs several matches ago. They have not played very well since they lost to Pune 6 matches ago. This defeat broke their 6 match winning streak. They lost their last 2 matches against the Sunrisers and Punjab. Against, Punjab was taken apart with only Jasprit Bumrah going for less than 10 an over. The attack is missing the control Krunal Pandya gave them earlier in the season.
Simmons has opened the batting instead of Buttler for the last 3 matches because Buttler will not be available for the play-offs. He has made 2 fifties which will please the Mumbai management.
The two teams are both very close on the Cricsq ratings. 63% of IPL matches played at Eden Gardens since 2014 have been won by the chasing team. Both teams prefer batting second. Since 2014, Mumbai have won 47% of matches they batted first in and 64% of matches they chased in. In the same time period, KKR have won 48% of matches they batted first in and 67% of matches they chased in. I will wait for the toss and back the team that bats second.
KKR started the season with Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir opening the batting. When Lynn was injured Sunil Narine opened. He was very successful in the pinch-hitting role. He has 214 runs with a strike rate of 184.
When Lynn returned to the team Gambhir dropped down the order and let Lynn and Gambhir open. Against RCB Narine scored 54 off 17 balls and Lynn scored 50 off 22. Lynn now has 259 from 4 innings with a strike rate of 186.
The issue is where should Gambhir bat. He is KKR's captain and top run scorer. He has 433 runs with a strike rate of 128. In the 2 matches he has not opened he has struggled and scored very slowly.
Robin Uthappa was back from injury in the last match when KKR lost to Punjab. He has 384 runs for season with a strike rate of 170. He fell for a golden duck in his comeback match. He slipped down to 4 when Narine and Lynn opened.
The KKR middle order is Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme and Yusuf Pathan. Pandey was good early in the season by his form has tailed off. His 18 off 23 balls against Kings was terrible. He now has 363 runs with a strike rate of 132.
De Grandhomme and Pathan have both struggled with the bat. De Grandhomme has 97 runs from 7 innings and Pathan has 123 from 9 innings. KKR need more from the middle order if they are to win the IPL.
Chris Woakes is KKR's top wicket taker with 17. He has an economy rate of 8.8. Nathan Coulter-Nile has played 6 matches. He has 11 wickets but has been expensive going at 9.1 an over. He has been injured for the last couple of matches. He will be especially needed when Woakes returns to England before the play-offs.
The Indian seamers are Umesh Yadav and Ankit Rajpoot. Umesh has 14 wickets from 11 matches with an economy rate of 8.6. Rajpoot has only played 3 matches. He has 3 wickets with a decent economy rate of 7.9. Colin de Grandhomme can also bowl some occasional seam. He has 4 wickets and has gone for 8.7 an over.
Sunil Narine is KKR's main spinner. He has 10 wickets with an economy rate of 7.1. Kuldeep Yadav has 11 wickets and has gone at 8.3 an over. Piyush Chawla has also bowled spin in 4 matches. He has 3 wickets but has been expensive with an economy rate of 9.1 an over.
Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons now open the batting for Mumbai. Patel has 325 runs with a strike rate of 136. Simmons has only played 3 matches. He has done well scoring 126 with a strike rate of 157. He scored 59 off 32 balls against Punjab on Thursday.
Nitish Rana bats at 3. Like Pandey for Mumbai, Rana had a very good start to the IPL and his form has tailed off. He has 333 runs with a strike rate of 126. By contrast, Rohit Sharma had a poor start to the season and has found form recently. He usually bats at 4. He has 255 runs with a strike rate of 125.
For most of the season the Mumbai middle order has been very strong. It has consisted of Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers. Pollard is now Mumbai's top run scorer with 349. He has a strike rate of 142. His 50 from 24 balls got them close chasing Punjab's 230 on Thursday.
Krunal Pandya played some vital innings early in the season batting at 5. He has 136 runs with a strike rate of 137. He has been missing for the last few matches. Hardik Pandya has 225 runs with a decent strike rate of 162.
Mitchell McClenaghan is Mumbai's leading wicket taker with 18. He has been expensive going at 9.2 an over. Lasith Malinga normally opens the bowling with McClenaghan. He has 9 wickets but also has been expensive going at 9.5 an over.
Jasprit Bumrah has been impressive. He usually bowls at the death and has 15 wickets with an economy rate of just 7.8 an over. When Punjab hit Mumbai for 230 in 20 overs Bumrah only went for 24 in his 4 overs. Hardik Pandya also bowls seam. He has 4 wickets and has gone for 8.6 an over.
Harbhajan Singh is Mumbai's lead spinner. He has 8 wickets with an economy rate of 6.5 an over. He was smashed by Punjab for 45 off 3 overs. Karn Sharma has bowled leg spin in 5 matches. He has 7 wickets and has gone at 8 an over. Krunal Pandya also bowls spin but has missed the last few matches. He has 10 wickets with an economy rate of 6.7.
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