Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 56th Match – Live Cricket Score, Commentary

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 56th Match – Live Cricket Score, Commentary.

Series: Indian Premier League 2022

Venue: Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai

Date & Time: May 09, 07:30 PM LOCAL

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It has been quite a fascinating season so far with plenty of nail-biters and surprises. However, in sports when one team rejoices often the other team is left in agony. Such has been this season for Kolkata and Mumbai, they have unfortunately not been able to win those crucial mo‐ ments throughout the tournament to get that consistency required in a high profile tournament like the Indian T20 League.

As a result, Mumbai are out of the playoffs race while Kolkata is on the brink with every match being do-or-die for them and even with them winning those matches they need other results to go their way.

However, it is time for both these teams to get their act together and go head-to-head in the game number 56 of the season. Mumbai had a torrid time this season as they failed to register a single victory in the first 8 games but they are coming into this game on the back of two consecutive wins.

They have also beaten two in-form teams as they hunted down Rajasthan and Gujarat in the last two games. Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma are finally looking in good touch while Tim David is showing everyone what a big mistake Mumbai made by keeping him out of the playing 11 for the majority of the season.

Daniel Sams after having an average start to the tourna‐ ment is finally coming into his own and it seems like things are starting to fall in place for the fivetime champions finally. Kolkata, on the flip side, had a promising start to their campaign but with two of their retained players struggling big time this season, it has all gone downhill for the runners up of the last edition.

They have just not been able to click as a unit as they have failed to find right combination and it has been their Powerplay batting that has hurt them the most. They suffered a huge defeat in the last game against Lucknow as their batting was blown away and they will need to pull their socks up to produce positive results ahead.

They came out on top against Mumbai earlier this season with Pat Cummins being a star performer in that game. Will see Cummins back in the playing XI? Not sure, because the problem lies elsewhere and as mentioned earlier it is the top-order that has failed to get going.

Some interesting battles and matchups to look forward to as two former champion teams take the field at Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai. Expect a cracking contest!

What to expect: Conditions are expected to be cloudy with high humidity levels. Chasing would have its advantages even as Delhi Capitals fell 91 runs short of Chennai Super Kings’ score on Sunday evening

Head-to-head: It’s been quite a one-sided contest between the two traditional rivals. Mumbai Indians 22-8 Kolkata Knight Riders

Team Watch:

Mumbai Indians

Tactics & Matchups: Riley Meredith could be used to test the KKR batters with bouncers. Even as Andre Russell is having one his better seasons in recent years of IPL, he has rarely had the edge over Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs battle. Bumrah has dismissed the hard-hitting West Indian thrice in 49 balls, conceding runs at a rate of only 134.69.

Probable XI: Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya/Basil Thampi, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Injury/Unavailability: Umesh Yadav was out of the previous game due to a niggle. It’s unsure if he will be fit for the game against Mumbai Indians.

Tactics & Matchups: Even as Rohit Sharma has traditionally enjoyed great success against KKR, Sunil Narine has had his number, dismissing him nine times in 170 balls, conceding runs at a rate of 107.65, Tim Southee has also been fairly successful against the MI skipper.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch, Venkatesh Iyer/Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson/Baba Indrajith (wk), Andre Russell, Aman Khan/Anukul Roy, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav/Harshit Rana, Shivam Mavi

Did you know?

Except in the opening game, KKR openers havent survived the powerplay. In fact, they are the only team to not have a half-century stand for the opening wicket this season.

With 328 runs, Tilak Varma is Mumbai Indian’s leading run-getter of the season so far. Among uncapped players, only Abhishek Sharma has scored more runs this season than him.

In a season where things turned from bad to worse, death bowling is one area where KKR seamers have improved marginally, bringing their average down from 19.8 to 7.7 and the economy rate from 13.94 to 10.56 in the last five games compared to the first six.

What they said:

We struggled in the PowerPlay which has been a frustration for us throughout the season. We’ve been good throughout the middle phase and not too bad at the death, but in the PowerPlay, we’ve been a little unstuck and we’ve to find a method to not lose many wickets and also throw a few punches and get a few boundaries. At the moment we’re stuck in between and it’s not really working and our opponents are taking advantage of that – Brendon McCullum, KKR head coach

Yes, this year we can’t make the playoffs, but we can build on a lot of things for the coming season. Every game regardless of whether it’s an important game, a final, or the first round of the tournament, for us as players, they are just as important. It’s important not to have more value on one over another. Because it makes you prepare the same, you have the same routines. The motivation for the guys is that we want to win the rest of our games. That’s basically what’s motivating us – Daniel Sams, Mumbai Indians seamer

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Baba Indrajith(w), Aaron Finch, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Nabi, Sam Billings, Pat Cummins, Sheldon Jackson, Chamika Karunaratne, Venkatesh Iyer, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Varun Chakaravarthy, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane

Mumbai Indians Squad: Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat, Fabian Allen, Basil Thampi, Anmolpreet Singh, Sanjay Yadav, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Rahul Buddhi, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis

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