Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Vivo IPL Live Cricket Score, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians: KKR Face Resurgent MI At Home

Vivo IPL Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Mumbai Indians (MI) Live Score: This is a crunch-clash for both the teams, keeping in mind the contention for the tournament playoffs

A happy Mumbai Indians (MI), riding on consecutive victories, will face an doubtful Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the 2nd time in a space of 3 days in a crunch IPL 2018 encounter at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday. Recovering from a slow start, defending champions Mumbai Indians recorded back to back wins against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)  and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)  to jump to 5th spot (eight points from ten games) in the table. KKR, for now, have blown hot and cold, winning 5 and losing as many matches. Whereas the Dinesh Karthik-led team have not managed to string mutually consistent performances, the Rohit Sharma-led MI led have looked like a team on a task to turn the tide in their favour at the end of the season.

Live Scorecard

Mumbai Indians         vs     Kolkata Knight Riders
210/6(20)                                108 (18.1)

MI Beat KKR By 102 Runs

Mumbai Indians

Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians was on the edge of falling by the wayside after a series of reversals before they managed to pull during in the previous 2 games. Against KXIP it was a Rohit and Krunal Pandya blitz that reserved them alive in the competition, a challenging 181/4 coupled with well-directed short balls during KKR's chase helped Mumbai Indians (MI) stay afloat and stake a claim for a playoffs berth. Given the role of an opening batsman, Suryakumar Yadav has been a revelation for Mumbai Indians (MI), scoring as many as 4 half centuries in 10 matches. The 27-year-old former KKR player is Mumbai highest run-getter amassing 399 at 39.90.

Vivo IPL 2018 Live updates of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match, straight from Eden Gardens

One concern for Rohit Sharma would be MI's middle order which continued to struggle against KKR and had it not been for Hardik's innovative shots at the end, they would have not managed to post 181 despite getting off to an unstable begin. KKR, on the other hand, were not at full strength against Mumabi in their away game, with young pacer Shivam Mavi's injured finger joining the team's long list of injuries this IPL season. Led by West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, KKR's spin battery will again be the key with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leggie Piyush Chawla expected to choke the opposition.

Karthik has been very reliable with the bat and he would want his other batsmen to stand up and be counted. Nitish Rana has been in well touch for the purple brigade from the outset while Andre Russell has played a few shocking knocks. Young Shubman Gill, who was sent in to open the batting all along with Lynn against Mumbai Indians (MI), could again get the chance. In the head-to-head count, MI led KKR by a long long way at 17-5 in 22 meetings so far. Both teams need a win today in order to keep their chances alive and not leave their chance to other teams.

KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.
MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary.


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