The current Indian Premier League champion Mumbai team will play against Kolkata Knight Riders today evening. The match between the two teams is going to be the 26th in the tournament. Talking about the 13th season, Mumbai is going to play its second while Kolkata will play its first match. So far, the one match has been played between the two teams in the UAE in which Kolkata won.
Kolkata and Mumbai's teams are expected to play this match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi from 7.30 this evening. Mumbai has been dominating in the first look from both the teams in the last 12 seasons. In the last five games, Kolkata has won only one match in Mumbai's last five matches.
Both teams in the IPL:
So far, a total of 25 matches have been played between the two teams in the tournament. While the Mumbai team has won in 19, 6 matches have been named after Kolkata. If the matches between the two are monitored in the last five games, Mumbai has won 4 matches, and Kolkata has won only one match. Kolkata won the last time in the UAE in a clash between the two teams.
Performance of teams in IPL:
So far, in 12 seasons, Kolkata has won 92 out of 178 matches while it has been defeated in 83. Mumbai, who lost the first match of the 13th season, has so far won a total of 188 matches in 107 while the team has lost in 79 matches.
Kolkata's team is going to play the first match. Before this match, the most talked-about match is Andre Russell, one of the most explosive batsmen of the tournament. The Kolkata team's playing eleven looks quite balanced. If you talk about opening, Sunil Naren will have a young Shubman Gill. In the middle order, England captain Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, and Andre Russell. These three batsmen are adept at making fast runs. The team's fast bowling will be in youngsters' hands with Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Prasidh Krishna. The spin will be commanded by veteran Sunil Naren and Kuldeep Yadav. Both of them are very well-lit and can elude the big batsman.
The Mumbai team is less likely to change the team against Chennai, just Ishan Kishan can replace injured Sourav Tiwari. The bowling will have a pair of Trent Bolt and Jasprit Bumrah, with captain Rohit in batting, Quinton Dekock, Surya Kumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, and Hardik Pandya. Krunal and Rahul Chahar will be seen playing the role of the spinner.
New Zealand's former allrounder Scott Styris has praised Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Shubman Gill. He said he is expecting a spectacular performance from the young player this year. "I have been Gill's No. 1 fan for the last 18 months," said Styris on Gill. I can say that I am at the top of his fanboy list, and I think he is a brilliant cricketer. He is a brilliant, talented batsman. Gill has more responsibility than some other young players like Prithvi Shaw or Devdutt Padikkal.
Mumbai's possible playing XI
Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton De Kock (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata's possible playing XI
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (captain, wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna
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