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VIVO 2017 Indian Premier League
Qualifier 2 Game:Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

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MATCH Reports directly from M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

 

 

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Qualifier 2 game of Indian Premier League will be played on 19th May at 08:00 IST.

The Qualifier 2 will see a riveting contest between two time champions Mumbai and Kolkata at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Kolkata came out winners in the rain-curtailed game against Sunrisers in the eliminator at the very same venue.

Gautam Gambhir was well pleased with the side after knocking out defending champions Sunrisers in the Eliminator game. But the job is not done yet as Kolkata will have to put in another great performance when they face a stern test against Mumbai Indians to book a place in finals with Rising Pune.

For Kolkata, bowlers did a splendid job to restrict a star-studded batting lineup of Hyderabad on surface that looked sluggish to begin with as it has been uncharacteristically different to the flat pitches produced last season. Kolkata had to wait for their moment as rain stopped and they required only 48 runs off 6 overs to setup a showdown with Mumbai.

The pace attack did most of the damage as Umesh Yadav and Nathan Coulter-Nile took five wickets between them to see Sunrisers lose momentum in the game. Sunil Narine and other two spinners also bowled tidy spells to maintain pressure on the defending champions.

Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn will certainly hold the key for the side in the much-awaited clash against Mumbai. Gambhir has led the way with the bat to become highest run-getter for the side this season. Sunil Narine ploy as opener has been snubbed or it remains unclear whether they will make an attempt to use the move in a big game such as this one. Manish Pandey is out of the knockout games due to side strain as middle order is vulnerable as Yusuf Pathan has not done much with the bat.

Mumbai have their own concerns as form of Nitish Rana has taken a deep after showing brilliant form at the start of the season. Rohit Sharma might come at no.3 in this game just to spend more time at the crease and lay down a foundation for others to tee off in the last overs of the innings. Mumbai showed weakness against spin as last game against Rising Pune saw Rohit Sharma and co get flummoxed by the likes of Washington Sundar and Adam Zampa. Parthiv Patel played well in the last game but rest of batting lineup failed miserably. Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons all were dismissed for low scores.

Players to watch out for

Lendl Simmons can be a player to score big in this game for Mumbai as right-handed batsman is good player of spin and does like to move his feet against the spinners. Simmons has the credentials to play match-defining knocks in high pressure games.

Gautam Gambhir is a player that will need to step up to the plate and deliver a big performance for his side. Gambhir has been consistent but the side will need him more than ever as this is knockout game where stakes are high.

Head to Head record: Out of 20 games played, Mumbai has 15 times against Kolkata in the competition. The teams have not faced each other at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Average 1st innings: 169

Average 2nd innings: 147

Prediction: Mumbai to win the toss and bat first.

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