IPL 2024, KKR vs MI: Probable Playing XI, Match Preview, Head to Head Record | Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

May 10, 2024

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The upcoming Match 60 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is set to unfold between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday (May 10). Despite MI being already out of contention for the Playoffs, both teams are entering the match on the back of victories in their previous games.

KKR displayed an impressive performance in their last outing, securing a convincing win against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by a massive margin of 98 runs. Meanwhile, MI demonstrated their resilience in their recent match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), emerging victorious by seven wickets.

KKR vs MI: Head to Head Records:

KKR and MI have faced each other 33 times since the inception of the IPL in 2008.
Their battles have been mostly one sided, Mumbai holds the lead with 23 victories, whereas Kolkata have won 10 matches.
In the last 5 matches, Kolkata have a clear edge with a record of 3 wins against 2 for Mumbai.
At the Eden Gardens, Mumbai are leading with seven wins in ten games.
Both teams have displayed competitive fervor in recent meetings, making their clashes highly anticipated by cricket fans.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Overview:

Throughout the 2024 season of the IPL, KKR have distinguished themselves as a formidable and aggressive team, positioning themselves as strong contenders for a spot in the final. Central to their success has been the dynamic performance of Sunil Narine, who has been instrumental in providing KKR with explosive starts at the top of the order. Narine’s stellar form is evidenced by his impressive tally of over 400 runs, achieved at a staggering strike rate close to 200, setting the stage for KKR’s dominance in the tournament.

Complementing Narine’s fireworks at the crease, his opening partner  Phil Salt has also been in sensational form, accumulating a commendable 429 runs in 11 games. Salt’s consistent contributions with the bat have further bolstered KKR’s batting lineup, adding depth and firepower to their formidable batting arsenal.

With a total of eleven games played so far in the season, KKR boasts an impressive record of eight wins and three losses, firmly establishing their position at the top of the points table with 16 points in their bag. Their remarkable performances have propelled them to the forefront of the competition, with one more victory potentially securing them a spot in the Qualifier stage of the tournament.

KKR’s probable playing XI for the IPL 2024 game against MI:

Phil Salt
Sunil Narine
Angkrish Raghuvanshi
Venkatesh Iyer
Shreyas Iyer
Andre Russell
Rinku Singh
Vaibhav Arora
Mitchell Starc
Harshit Rana
Varun Chakravarthy

Squad Characteristics:

Salt and Narine provide explosive starts at the top of the order, while Raghuvanshi and Venkatesh offer stability and firepower in the middle order. Shreyas’ experience and leadership skills add depth to the batting lineup, while Russell’s destructive hitting prowess is a major asset in the middle overs.

In the bowling department, Starc leads the pace attack with his express pace and ability to take early wickets. Vaibhav and Harshit provide support with their seam bowling, while Chakravarthy’s mystery spin adds an extra dimension to the bowling lineup.

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Mumbai Indians (MI) Overview:

In the ongoing IPL 2024 season, MI find themselves grappling with a forgettable campaign, marked by significant challenges and setbacks. With their recent elimination from the playoff race, MI now face the prospect of concluding the season on a disappointing note. One of the primary areas of concern for MI has been their batting lineup, particularly the top-order, which has encountered considerable struggles throughout the tournament.

Key players such as Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya have endured prolonged periods of poor form, contributing to MI’s batting woes. Their inability to consistently fire with the bat has significantly impacted MI’s overall performance and undermined their chances of securing favorable results in matches.

Currently positioned at the eighth place in the points table, MI have managed to secure only four wins out of the 12 games they have played so far. This lackluster performance has left MI languishing at the bottom half of the standings.

MI’s probable playing XI for the IPL game against KKR:

Ishan Kishan (wk)
Rohit Sharma
Suryakumar Yadav
Tilak Varma
Hardik Pandya (c)
Tim David
Nehal Wadhera
Gerald Coetzee
Piyush Chawla
Jasprit Bumrah
Nuwan Thushara

A closer look:

Kishan takes the gloves behind the stumps, providing stability and firepower to the batting lineup. Rohit and Suryakumar form a formidable top-order alongside Kishan, capable of setting the tone with explosive starts.
Varma adds solidity to the middle order, complemented by the leadership and all-round skills of Hardik. David’s finishing abilities add depth to the batting lineup, while Wadhera offers additional stability in the middle order.
In the bowling department, Coetzee, Bumrah and Thushara lead the pace attack with their raw pace and ability to extract bounce. Chawla provides spin options, using his experience and variations to trouble opposition batters. Together, this well-balanced Mumbai squad possesses the firepower to challenge any opposition in the IPL.

Also READ: IPL 2024: AB de Villiers critiques Hardik Pandya’s captaincy style at Mumbai Indians

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