Here comes the final playoffs match of this year’s IPL – the semifinal, in other words. Mumbai Indians meet Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The winner will meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final. The loser will crash out of the tournament. Who is going to win? Is it going to be Rohit Sharma or Gautam Gambhir?
Mumbai won both matches against KKR in this season. That will make them slight favorites for all bookmakers (Check odds @12BET). However, the teams are evenly matched. A couple of good – or bad – overs can determine the fate of the match.
Mumbai Indians – Preview
Mumbai Indians dominated the match almost till the half-way mark of their first playoffs match against Pune Supergiant. MS Dhoni turned the tables in Supergiant’s favour in the 19th and 20th overs with some brutal hitting. Then young offspinner Washington Sundar spun a web around the Mumbai batsmen with some crafty bowling. Mumbai Indians bowled well in the match, except for those two overs. They will be looking forward to take that form to Bangalore, where the pitch must suit them too. But they need to show improvement with the bat if they are to book a spot in the finals.
Rohit Sharma should lead from the front. This is a happy hunting ground for Keiron Pollard. Expect him to come good too. Mumbai Indians overall have good memories of playing at this ground. Harbhajan Singh is likely to make a comeback into the eleven. These are the factors that make the Mumbai outfit a slight favorite in Cricket betting.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Preview
KKR’s bowlers, led by Nathan Couter-Nile, made the best use of the Bangalore pitch in their playoffs match against Hyderabad Sunrisers. Gautam Gambhir will be hoping for an encore from his bowlers. But that will be difficult against Mumbai’s long line-up of six-hitters. Still, Gambhir will be more worried about his side’s batting. If Chris Lynn gets out early, KKR’s batting struggles for momentum. Gambhir will be hoping that big hitters like Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan must step up their game.