MI vs KKR: The first match of the next week in the TATA IPL 2022 will see two former champions face off against each other. This is a clash between the five-time champion Mumbai Indians and the two-time champion Kolkata Knight Riders. MI is already out of the tournament and will look to spoil the party of others. The match will start at 7:30 pm at the DY Patil Stadium.
On the other hand, KKR are also virtually out but, mathematically, they can still make it but a loss today will kick them out of the competition. So they will look for a better show this time around with their old rivals. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
MI vs KKR: Match Preview and Prediction
Having lost the first eight matches of the tournament and been eliminated, MI has played good cricket in the last two matches. In the end, they have now registered two back-to-back victories. And they will look to register more wins to end the competition on a high. They are already out and will step on the field for the pride of the players and to spoil the parties of other teams. And KKR could be their first victim of that.
MI is the only team that has been eliminated and other teams have a slight chance, such as KKR. But Mumbai has shown a really good performance in the last two matches against two strong teams. They beat RR by five wickets then won against GT by 5 runs in a close finish. That will work as a confidence booster for the team. Rohit will not change the winning combination so we will see the same playing XI.
Probably XI: Ishan Kishan (Wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Kieron Pollard, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya, Riley Meredith, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders
The way Kolkata began the tournament, they looked like one of the potential title contenders this season. But now it is looking like they have run out of their plans. They are coming off a big loss of 75 runs in their last match against LSG. And that has dented their chances of making the playoffs in a big way. They will now have to rely on the other teams for a miracle.
However, they still have three matches left and need to get three wins and then wait for the results of other teams. Mathematically, anything is possible. But the biggest worry is that the team filled with big superstars hasn’t performed as per expectations. But a loss in today’s match will surely kick them out, so it is a do or die game for the two-time champions.
Probably XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings (Wk), Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi/Umesh Yadav
MI vs KKR Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium is a true batting pitch. Batsmen can play their shots with the bounce. The average score here is 170 runs. With a shorter boundary on one side, it will be difficult for the bowlers to restrict them to scoring. The toss will be crucial in the game. And on this pitch, the team winning the toss should go for the bowl first. Chasing the target has a better win percentage on this ground. However, in the 16 matches played on this ground this season, batting first has won 7 and batting second has won 9.
MI vs KKR Head to Head
Both teams have met a total of 30 times in the history of the IPL. But MI is miles ahead of KKR in terms of wins. So far, Mumbai Indians have won 22 matches, as compared to KKR’s 8 wins. However, KKR won the last match between the two earlier this season.
IPL 2022: MI vs KKR: Players to watch out for
Shreyas Iyer will be the one KKR will rely on. The skipper needs to step up in a do or die game and take his team to win. He has done a decent job so far this season. Shreyas has scored 330 runs in 11 matches at an average and strike rate of 33.00 and 130.85.
Tim Southee will once again give KKR the wickets they need at the start. In the absence of Umesh Yadav, the Kiwi pacer led the team in the last match and will look to do it again. Southee has taken 11 wickets in six matches at a decent economy of 7.70.
Ishan Kishan will be a key player at the top for the Mumbai Indians. The left-hander looked good in the last match as well and will once again like to make some runs. So far, he has scored 270 runs at an average of 31.00.
Daniel Sams bowled an extraordinary over in the last match against GT to help his team get their second win of the season. He just gave away three runs against the likes of David Miller and Rahul Tewatia. He is in good form and will look to replicate his performance. Sams has already taken seven wickets so far.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Ishan Kishan (MI)
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (MI), Aaron Finch (KKR), Suryakumar Yadav (MI), Shreyas Iyer (KKR)
All-rounders: Sunil Narine (KKR), Andre Russell (KKR), Daniel Sams (MI)
Bowlers: Tim Southee (KKR), Jasprit Bumrah (MI), Kumar Kartikeya (MI)
Tips: Rohit Sharma or Ishan Kishan will be the captain of the team. Shreyas Iyer or Andre Russell will be the vice-captain. Both teams have struggled this season, but stats suggest that MI has always dominated KKR. So we will back Mumbai Indians to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.