Hello and welcome to the LIVE coverage of Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru.
Preview: The big guns Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders will battle it out in Qualifier 2 of IPL 2017. The winner will then meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the summit clash.
Kolkata have been beaten by Mumbai twice in the league stage, moreover, the Gautam Gambhir-led team also has a poor 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai.
Mumbai won their first match of the season against Kolkata after beating them by four wickets with a ball to spare. In the second league game, Mumbai thrashed Kolkata by nine wickets at the Eden Gardens.
Mumbai are coming into the match after losing their Qualifier 1 game against Rising Pune Supergiant by 20 runs.
Mumbai’s batting has been their mainstay this season with openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel giving the team good starts and skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayadu and Kieron Pollard firing in unison.
Adding to this, the Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – have come good whenever the team has needed them. With 10 victories in the league stage, table-toppers Mumbai have been in imperious form and they would like to forget their defeat against Pune and rise to the big occasion.
As far as the bowling is concerned, Mumbai may continue to open their attack with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan.
Jasprit Bumrah has been their best death overs specialist and along with Hardik, he will have to play a key role to restrict KKR, which boasts of some big names like Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, among others.
After clinching a win against Hyderabad Wednesday night, KKR would like to continue their winning momentum. Gambhir, who is placed in the second spot in the most runs list with 486 runs, will hope to lead from the front. He was in red-hot form early in the season but seemed a tad off-colour in the business end.
KKR’s bowling has been superb as was on show in the last game. Fit-again Nathan Coulter-Nile has come back into the side strongly and Umesh Yadav has continued to hit the right areas and bowl well. The likes of Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav have been economical.