IPL 9 Preview - Match 24 - MI vs KKR.
After beating Kings XI Punjab hook, line and sinker in their previous match, Mumbai Indians are high on confidence once again in the tournament. It is the first team to complete half it's campaign. Despite that, they are yet to fill their bill. As of now, their form reads L W L L W L W which is in disagreement with their status. As a result, they are placed on the points table at fifth position with only seven matches remaining.
More than anything, they would have wanted to win the match against Delhi Daredevils. In a match where they required 67 from 8 overs with 8 wickets in hand, felling short of 10 runs at the end was a stumbling block.
|Parthiv Patel struck 81 in the last match.|
Parthiv Patel was the highlight from their victory in the last match. His coming back to form will release a lot for burden from his opening partner and captain, Rohit Sharma's head. MI will also be gratified with the way Ambati Rayudu has shielded the No. 3 position. Jos Buttler is yet to deliver a trademark performance. He has got the starts but has failed to convert them every single time. The bowling looks a settled one with two foreign fast bowlers, an ace off-spinner, one Indian prodigy and two brothers cum all-rounders.
Equilibrium has been missing from their performance and that is what Rohit Sharma and his boys will look to find against Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow. Finding it might not be as easy as saying it because the opposition is at the top of the table. With four wins in five matches, Kolkata is one of the top sides in the tournament as of now.
They have been bolstered by runs at the top in almost every match. Gautam Gambhir has proved all his critics wrong. The left-hand batsman has scored 237 runs in five matches and is fourth on the list of highest run-scorers in the tourney. Suryakumar Yadav's gutsy half-century against Rising Pune Supergiants in the last match proved as to why the 25-year old right-hand batsman has been named as the vice-captain of the side. He did not let anyone miss Manish Pandey for a single moment, who used to bat at that position before falling ill. Yusuf Pathan, who got limited opportunities before the last match scored a vital 36. Rajagopal Satish, the new entry into the playing eleven displayed an impressive all-round show.
The bowling department has been in sublime touch as well. The fact that Umesh Yadav was introduced in the 17th over in the last match depicts the various options for Gambhir. The key for Knight Riders will be Shakib Al Hasan, given his value with both the bat and the ball.
None of the side is expected to revamp it's winning combination. Out of the 16 matches played between these two teams, Indians have a healthy lead of 11-5. Whether Mumbai Indians, Champions of 2015, will exploit the home advantage in the clash against the Champions of 2014, Kolkata Knight Riders will be enthralling to see.