IPL 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Mumbai Indians (MI): Gautam Gambhir vs Lasith Malinga

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Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians face off in an important tie to seek two points and keep their journey to play-offs on track. Both teams have bounced back after dismal show and will be looking to keep the good work going. As two teams will be in action later we take a look at some duels that can decide the course of the match.

Gautam Gambhir vs Lasith Malinga

Three ducks and now three fifties goes to show how quickly Gautam Gambhir has managed to find his form and score consistently. He has won games for KKR in the past and is vital cog in their batting. It has been a one man show as far as Mumbai Indians bowling is considered and Lasith Malinga has stood-out from rest. He is not only economical but keeps providing MI with the breakthroughs.

Sunil Narine vs Kieron Pollard

No matter how good form batsman is in or how settled he is at the crease Sunil Narine is hard to get away with. He has voluminous tricks to deceive batsmen and last time Mumbai Indians batsmen faced him he was unplayable. Narine will be looking to stop his compatriot Kieron Pollard who can change the game within seconds with his powerful hitting. It will be interesting to see who dominates in the battle of Trinidadian’s.

Manish Pandey vs Harbhajan Singh

Manish Pandey started off this season on a promising note but lost his way in the middle. He did well in his last game against Kings XI Punjab and did not throw his wicket away. He has to show maturity at this stage of tournament and make sure he performs at pivotal number three spot. Harbhajan Singh has bowled well in patches and with all his experience he needs to perform consistently for Mumbai Indians.

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