54th game of Indian Premier League to be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 13th May at 08:00 IST
This game is not dead rubber in any stretch of imagination as Kolkata Knight could still lose out on playing the playoffs this season. The game will be played at Eden Garden in Kolkata on Saturday. Kolkata does not have a pretty record winning only 5 games out of 19 played since the start of the league in 2008. To make things matter worse, they have lost three of their last four games against Rohit Sharma and co.
Kolkata top order has been scintillating to watch as makeshift Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn has produced fireworks at the start of the innings. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have been consistently producing big scores to win games for Kolkata while Manish Pandey has been chipping in with resilient display with the bat. Yusuf Pathan has not done much this season. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Umesh Yadav have been good with Chris Woakes being a solid back up seamer. Kuldeep Yadav has really surprised everyone if performing better than Narine to be the leading spinner for the side this season.
Mumbai Indian like Kolkata are coming into the game on the back of a defeat against Kings XI as fortressed was breached by Glenn Maxwell and co to sneak a seven run over two-time champions. Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh have done well while Mitchell McClenaghan and Jaspreet Bumrah have been consistent with the ball this season. Nitish Rana and Parthiv Patel have been outstanding performers for Mumbai at the top while Rohit Sharma is starting to get back to his best in every game he plays in the league.
Players to watch out for
Kieron Pollard has gone quiet in the last couple of games for Mumbai but one can never count out the champion all-rounder as he does possess ability to raise his game when stakes are high. Expect Pollard to produce a breathtaking performance with the bat in this game
Chris Lynn is certainly been a kryptonite for bowlers as Australian batsman has destroyed bowling attacks at will. Lynnsanity seems to prevalent in the quarters of cricket as the player missed the mid-phase of the season for Kolkata due to shoulder issues.
Head to Head record: The Mumbai Indians do hold big advantage when it comes facing Kolkata in the league as they have come out winners fourteen times in 19 games contested so far. While at Eden, it does not change as Mumbai has won four games at the ground out of six games played against Kolkata.
Average 1st inning scores: 153
Average 2nd innings scores: 142
Prediction: Mumbai won the toss and chose to field