MI vs KKR Preview: Struggling with bad form, Mumbai will face Kolkata, the path to the playoffs is difficult.

Kolkata Knight Riders will enter the Indian Premier League match on Friday against Mumbai Indians, who are struggling with poor form, with the intention of overcoming their weaknesses. KKR is second in the table with 12 points after six wins in nine matches and its place in the playoffs seems almost certain.

However, the team captained by Shreyas Iyer will have to avoid any mistakes by performing consistently in every department. KKR has lost three out of the last six matches and was defeated by Punjab Kings while chasing a record target but then KKR made a comeback and defeated Delhi Capitals by seven wickets. KKR has benefited from their aggressive approach in batting but there is scope for improvement in bowling.

Mitchell Starc is giving away runs at the rate of 12 per over and has got only seven wickets. This Australian fast bowler is not able to do any wonders on batsmen friendly pitches. Harshit Rana has taken the maximum 11 wickets but has been banned for one match for his aggressive celebration on the wicket of Delhi’s Abhishek Porel. Vaibhav Arora has taken nine wickets in five matches.

Wankhede Stadium is famous for its batting friendly pitch and a score of more than 200 is certain to be made on it. In such a situation, eyes will also be on Rinku Singh, who is being debated a lot due to not getting a place in India’s main team for the T20 World Cup. He could not get much playing time in the IPL this year. Mumbai, on the other hand, seems to be almost out of the race for the playoffs, although it has five more matches to play. Even if it wins all of them, it will have only 16 points, which may be less to make it to the playoffs.

Jasprit Bumrah (14 wickets) and Gerald Coetzee (13 wickets) have been Mumbai’s best bowlers but as a unit the team has not been able to perform well in bowling. In batting, Tilak Verma has scored 343 runs including three half-centuries but the rest of the batsmen have failed. Ishan Kishan has not been able to perform consistently and losing wickets in the powerplay has been Mumbai’s weakness. Indian captain Rohit Sharma scored 158. Has scored runs at a strike rate of 29 but has not been able to play big innings continuously. Eyes will also be on his form before the T20 World Cup. And

Suryakumar Yadav has scored two half-centuries but could not do full justice to his ability. Captain Hardik Pandya has not been able to do wonders with either bat or ball, but being made the vice-captain of the T20 World Cup team would have boosted his morale.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: Hardik Pandya (captain), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dewald Brevis, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Gerald Coetzee, Tim David, Shreyas Gopal, Ishan Kishan (wk), Anshul Kamboj, Kumar Karthikeya, Akash Madhwal, Kwena Mafaka. , Mohammad Nabi, Shams Mulani, Naman Dheer, Shivalik Sharma, Romario Shepherd, Arjun Tendulkar, Nuwan Thushara, Tilak Verma, Vishnu Vinod, Nehal Wadhera, Luke Wood.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shreyas Iyer (captain), KS Bharat, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rinku Singh, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Sherfane Rutherford, Manish Pandey, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Anukul Roy, Ramandeep Singh, Varun Chakraborty, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav. Arora, Chetan Sakariya, Harshit Rana, Suyyash Sharma, Mitchell Starc, Dushmantha Chameera, Saki Hussain and Mujeeb Ur Rehman.

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