KKR VS MI – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 41st match of IPL 2018 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
‘May’ has always brought spring for Mumbai Indians who are yet again replicating what they have done in the previous editions – stumble and rise! Three wins in four games and they have culminated in the points table following a string of losses.
It remains to be seen if they reach the Top Four by outplaying Kolkata Knight Riders in the upcoming fixture at Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
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Kolkata Knight Riders Team News
Shivam Mavi picked up a finger injury and missed the previous clash against Mumbai Indians. Prasidh Krishna is likely to continue if Mavi isn’t deemed fit ahead of this impending clash.
Besides, Dinesh Karthik’s move to deploy Shubman Gill as an opener backfired with Narine failing down the order. Fast bowling too attracts a bit of worries as Mitchell Johnson no longer thrusts the batsmen into fear, while Mavi and Krishna still naive at this level.
Karthik would like to back his combination against Mumbai, perhaps Tom Curran could possibly replace Johnson.
Playing XI (Last Match): CA Lynn, SP Narine, RV Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, KD Karthik (C&WK), AD Russell, Prasidh Krishna, MG Johnson, PP Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai Indians Team News
The Men in Blue have sorted out their problems as the tournament has entered its second half. They racked up a substantial 181/4 with due support from Surya Kumar Yadav and Evin Lewis in the reverse fixture.
Hardik Pandya too regained the momentum after scoring a crucial 35 and later snapping a couple of wickets against Kolkata. Skipper Rohit Sharma should keep the winning combination intact, given they cant afford to loose another game in order to qualify for the play offs.
Ben Cutting being the only player under the scanner could be replaced by a Mustafizur Rahman considering the seamer friendly nature of Eden Gardens Deck.
Playing XI (Last Match): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, JP Duminy, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Top Funtasy Picks
Kolkata Knight Riders: Andre Russell – The explosive all-rounder has been causing some serious damage to the opposition bowlers with his monstrous hits. Moreover, his effective bowling makes him the top buy in your team.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma – Don’t snub Rohit Sharma if the match is being played at Eden Gardens. He averages over 47 at this venue in T20s with one of his 4 T20 centuries struck here.
Punt Pick: Tom Curran – The English seamer could be brought back in at the expense of Mitchell Johnson who has had a dry season thus far.