The count-down has begun at the Indian Premier League. Tomorrow’s match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at Kolkata is the 41st match and only 14 matches remaining after this. This match perhaps will be the most crucial of all.
As things stand now, Kolkata Knight Riders are fourth in the points table, with 10 points from as many games. Mumbai Indians are fifth, with eight points from 10 matches. If Mumbai Indians win, both teams will get level on points. It has to be noted that Mumbai Indians have easier games remaining, while the Kolkata team has tougher encounters pending, including the matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.
So, KKR can go a long way in booking their playoffs spot by winning this match. Mumbai Indians, anyways, have no other option than keep winning to stay alive.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Preview
These two teams have met three days ago at Mumbai. Mumbai won the match rather comfortably. This would be different pitch and different environment. Most notably, the pitch will assist spinners more. That will suit the Kolkata side and its assortment of spinners. Much is expected from Sunil Narine.
KKR would expect a better performance from their top order. Barring Robin Uthappa, none of the frontline batsmen managed to register a decent total. This is a big match for the team. There is no big opportunity than now, as this is an extremely crucial match for the side.
Back them for cricket betting? Yes. It is kind of now or never situation for them.
Mumbai Indians – Preview
The team’s performance against KKR, though they won the match, was error-strewn. Fielders dropped catches, batsmen wasted start and bowlers erred in length. Still, they won the match, which is a testimony to their strength.
They may field an extra spinner in the form of Akila Dananjaya. They need a special performance from Rohit Sharma. Eden Gardens in Kolkata is a happy hunting ground for him. Mumbai Indians have beaten KKR 17 times in the IPL – the most by any team over any other team. They will look forward to continue the trend.
Prediction for cricket betting: Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
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