Match Preview: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Night Riders

This is a crucial match for two-time champions Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai conceded 41 runs off the last two overs and that was the big reason for their defeat against Pune in first Qualifier match at Wankhede. The pitch at Chinnaswamy is helpful for spinners and this will help get back Harbhajan Singh in the squad for today’s encounter.

Mumbai has won the title twice and they are just two wins away from winning it the third time.They really struggled to reach a target of 162 in the previous match against Pune. They will try and make better use of their batting order and try to create a partnership which can score runs.

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Mumbai will try to get hold of their batting and bowling as they really need to get back in form; this is the real do or die situation for them. They have lost 3 games out of last 4 matches and the reason for it has been bowling in depth overs. Mumbai has been conceding a lot of runs in the last 3 overs. They will need to end this right here.

Kolkata Knight Rider

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Nathan Coulter-Nile made a good comeback and picked up 3 wickets for KKR while conceding 20 runs off his 4 overs. KKR will be expecting Umesh Yadav and Coulter-Nile to do the trick against the Mumbai Indians batting order.

Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav, the wrist spinners for KKR,  will be targeting Rohit Sharma as he has struggled to play well against spin. He has been dismissed five times against spin this season. Also, the all-rounder Sunil Narine has played well with the bat as well as the ball. KKR will be expecting him to do the same this match.

 

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