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IPL 2017: MI VS KKR – Match Preview, Fantasy Picks and TV Guide

Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir Superheros

The craze for Indian Premier League is high as always and for the past few days, the audience is getting some spectacular performances and highly entertaining matches. The 7th match of Indian Premier League 2017 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on this Sunday. Both the IPL giants have 2 IPL trophies in their pocket and would like to make the count a 3 in this season.

 

Mumbai Indians – Team News 

Host Mumbai didn't have a good start of the season as they were beaten by fellow Maharashtrian side Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening game by 7 wickets. It's not the first time that Mumbai started the season on a losing note, they have done it earlier and have also been able to turn the table. So the morale level in the Mumbai's team is still high and Kolkata could face a strong challenge in Mumbai's den.

Rohit Sharma is back with the team and having the captain back has increased the morale level of the team. Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana and Ambati Raydu will have the responsibility of giving a good start to the team. While Pollard and Hardik Pandya will finish the game. Bowling department will be handed by Jasprit Bhumrah, Tim Southee, and Mitchell McClenaghan. Along with this Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard would be handy with the ball as well. 

 

Kolkata Knight Riders – Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders had their dream start of the tournament as they thrashed Gujarat Lions in their opening game by 10 wickets and more than 5 overs to spare while chasing a target of 184. Both the openers from Kolkata, Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn were not out throughout and scored 76* and 93* respectively. The impressive form of these players at the start of the season is a plus point for KKR and Mumbai should never take them lightly in their own den.

Kolkata Knight Riders's has a pretty balanced side with the likes of Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan and Chris Lynn. They have acquired the services of Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, and Nathan Coulter-Nile to sharpen their bowling attack with the spin department being handled by Piyush Chawla, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, and mystery man Sunil Narine. Let's take a look at the top IPL fanatasy picks for Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders:

 

TOP FANTASY PICK: BATSMAN
Chris Lynn: Chris Lynn has shown in the first game what he is capable of. He scored 93 runs off 41 balls which included 6 boundaries and 8 massive sixes. The way he thrashed bowlers of Gujarat Lions in the last game, Mumbai needs to come up with little extra to control him.

 

TOP FANTASY PICK: BOWLER
Jasprit Bhumrah:
Ranked 3rd T20 bowler Jasprit Bhumrah is the main weapon in the bowling department of Mumbai Indians. In the earlier season of IPL, he's been consistently taking wickets and was economical as well. Although in the previous match he was wicket-less for 29 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Bhumrah has the capabilities of turning the game in his team's favor. His performance against KKR at the Wankhede is decisive. 

 

TOP FANTASY PICK: ALL-ROUNDER
Hardik Pandya: Hardik Pandya showed his class in the last game against RPS where he scored 35 runs in 15 balls. The way he smashed Ashok Dinda in the last over of Mumbai's innings made fans go ruptures. His innings included 1 boundary and 4 sixes. With the ball, he managed to pick 1 wicket. Mumbai Indians will be highly dependent on his service with the ball and bat.

 

TOP PUNT PLAYER
Gautam Gambhir: Importance of KKR's skipper Gautam Gambhir couldn't be overshadowed by Lynn's performance in the last game. Gambhir played a knock of 76 facing 48 deliveries. His innings included 12 boundaries. He constructed the innings well that helped Chris Lynn play fiercely. He will the important player whom Mumbai would like to control.

 

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – TV GUIDE
You can tune into Sony Max (for Hindi) and Sony Six (for English) on your TV sets to enjoy the live action from Mumbai. Viewers can also watch the live streaming of the match at Hotstar from 8 Pm onwards on Sunday.

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