Finally, we have reached to the penultimate match of IPL 10 and two big teams in MI and KKR will battle it out in Bengaluru for the right to face RPS in the finals on May 21st, 2017 at RGICS in Hyderabad for the IPL 10 trophy.
MI lost to RPS in the first qualifier, while KKR just edged out SRH in the eliminator. Let’s see what this extremely important match has in-store for us.
MI have won the IPL two times previously and this time too, they looked good to qualify for the finals in front of their home crowd. But some bad bowling in the death and some highly idiotic batting, cost them the match against RPS. Now they face the threat of KKR on dicey Bengaluru wicket and possibility of rain spoiling the occasion.
Mumbai would like to rectify their mistakes of keeping out Harbhajan and Rana out of the team against RPS. Karn Sharma is no match for Harbhajan’s experience, while Ambati Rayudu missed majority of IPL due to injury and Rana is in too much of good knick to be kept out of the playing XI.
For Mumbai, the biggest threat would be the two paced pitch at M. Chinnaswamy stadium and the possibility of rain. Also the inconsistency of Rohit Sharma has bugged them the whole season, but the Pandya brothers might do the trick for them against KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR read the conditions at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium perfectly against SRH and even the gods took their side, as they got a 6 over run chase. For them the form of Gambhir, Lynn and Uthappa has been the driving force the whole season, sprinkled with some crazy hitting by Sunil Narine at the top.
The concern for them is Yusuf Pathan and how long can they carry his weight, without contributing to the team. This might be the right time for KKR to let go of him, and try out an alternative for him in this crunch match. KKR don’t have to do anything out of ordinary. However, the loss of Manish Pandey to a side strain may throw a spanner in their plans.
Whatever happens, unless rain meddles in this game, we have a cracker of a match in-store for us.
Toss: Mumbai Indians opt to bowl
KKR: Gautam Gambhir (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Ishank Jaggi, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme,
MI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma (c), Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya