MI vs KKR, IPL 2019 Build-up: The second tie of the day will be crucial as a win at the Wankhede Stadium tonight will ensure Kolkata Knight Riders a play-off berth. However, dismantling a powerful Mumbai Indians unit at their own backyard will be an uphill task but KKR’s Andre Russell has been ruthless in many occasions this season and today the franchise will count on their most lethal weapon. The match will start at 08.00 pm.
After being knocked out of the play-off race, Kings XI Punjab will play for pride when they host defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the first match on Sunday. MS Dhoni-led CSK have so far been the most formidable side in the ongoing edition and will look to enter the playoffs scenario by securing big win in their final league match. After crushing Delhi Capitals in a one-sided affair in their previous encounter, the Chennai unit are placed at the pole position in the points table with 18 points in 13 matches. The match will start at 04.00 pm.
MI vs KKR, IPL 2019 Build-up:
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna
Toss in 10 minutes
We will have an update on toss and the team news in 10 minutes. Stay tuned for more updates.
MI vs KKR Head to Head Records
Total number of matches played: 24
Matches won by MI: 18
Matches won by KKR: 6
Matched played in Mumbai: 9 (MI 8, KKR 1)
Matches played in Kolkata: 10 (MI 7, KKR 3)
MI average score against KKR: 158
KKR average score against MI: 149
Most runs for MI: 653 (Rohit Sharma)
Most runs for KKR: 164 (Chris Lynn)
Most wickets for MI: 17 (Lasith Malinga)
Most wickets for KKR: 21 (Sunil Narine)
MI vs KKR Predicted Playing XI
Predicted Playing XI: Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Evin Lewis/Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Barinder Sran/Beuran Hendricks, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Predicted Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Kuldeep Yadav/Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurne
Pre-match concerns for KKR
For KKR, their bowling has been the biggest concern as their bowlers have been ripped apart by their opponents both in the Powerplay as well as at the death. Pacers Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Narine, and Piyush Chawla will have to bowl a tight line and length to restrict the famed Mumbai batters. With the Wankhede track aiding slow bowlers, KKR may also be tempted to play chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dumped because of poor form.
In their last IPL fixture, KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab to keep their play-off hopes alive. With SRH failing to beat RCB on Saturday, the equation is simple KKR must beat MI to qualify for the playoffs. Placed fourth, SRH have a net run-rate of +0.653, which is comparatively better than fifth-placed KKR’s +0.173.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians will aim to carry their winning momentum and a victory will ensure a top two finish. Also the result of the match will finalise their opponent in the play-off.
Positives for KKR ahead of their clash
With Chris Lynn and Shubhman Gill coming good and the marauding Andre Russell to follow at No 4, skipper Dinesh Karthik would fancy his chances at the batting-friendly Wankhede when they take on Mumbai Indians in a must-win encounter.
The second tie of the clash will see a do-or-die battle for Kolkata Knight Riders as they face off against Mumbai Indians. The hosts also need to win the tie to book the second spot in the table and ensured they only need to win the match.
KXIP vs CSK: TOSS and PLAYING XI
KXIP won the toss and elected to bowl first.
KXIP PLAYING XI: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran(w), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
CSK PLAYING XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
KXIP players to watch out for
For KXIP openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, who have been among runs, would be keen to come good against CSK. The likes of Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran will have to shoulder more responsibility in the middle-order. Their bowling largely depends on skipper Ashwin and Shami.
Is KXIP Dhoni's favourite opponent?
MS Dhoni has scored more half-centuries against KXIP than against any other team and averages 58.50 against them, which is his highest average against any team. He also has a strike-rate of 158.11 against them, which is also his highest against any team. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman has been involved in 21 dismissals against KXIP, which is the most he has against any team.
MSD's supreme run in IPL 2019
MS Dhoni has consistently churned out runs this season and is CSK’s man-in-form, while Suresh Raina has chipped in with useful scores every now and then. The CSK captain has scored in excess of 350 runs this season at a strike-rate of 142.63 and his performance has masked the failures of the batsmen who have batted before him.
CSK's woes ahead of the playoffs
Despite their successful campaign so far, there is a glaring shortcoming in the Chennai Super Kings line-up and that is their average opening partnership this season is 19.80, and their openers have managed to post a partnership of 50 or more only once in 13 matches. Heading to the playoffs, CSK will want their openers, Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson, to put on a much-improved performance.
What happened yesterday
On the penultimate day of the group stages of Indian Premier League 2019, the spinners came out on top once again. In the first encounter of the day between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, it was Amit Mishra for the hosts who shined, while Ish Sodhi took the plaudits for the visitors. In the second encounter of the day between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Washington Sundar spun the web with the ball on SRH batsmen. [READ MORE]
Stephen Fleming says CSK firmly fixed on winning
It depends what happens today. So try to see facts. If results (of the match between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals) go our way today, then we can have a look at some options. But right now we are firmly fixed on winning tomorrow’s game and playing well. You don’t want to over-complicate things, we have been in this position a number of times. We are very focussed on how we can win tomorrow: CSK coach Stephen Fleming ahead of their clash against KXIP. [READ MORE]
KXIP vs CSK: Chennai look to maintain pole position, KXIP to play for pride
Already assured of a playoff berth, table toppers Chennai Super Kings will aim to maintain their pole position with a victory over a struggling Kings XI Punjab in their last IPL group league encounter on Sunday. [PREVIEW]
Hello and Welcome!
Hello and welcome to the LIVE COVERAGE of the Indian Premier League. The first match of the day will be played between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. Chennai, who stand at the top of the points table, have already made it to the next round and will hope for a big win ahead of their play-off battle. KXIP, on the other hand, will play for pride as they too have nothing to lose.
The second match of the day will be crucial as the results will clearly affect two teams in their bid to secure a play-off berth. A win will automatically cancel out Sunrisers Hyderabad play-off spot but if Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders the net run-rate factor will come into play. Enjoy a hot summer Sunday and stay tuned for LIVE UPDATES related to IPL and other important cricketing events.