Kolkata, April 28: Mumbai Indians will look to seal a playoff berth when they face an out-of-sorts Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2019 at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday (April 28). Skipper Rohit Sharma roared back to form with his first half-century of this IPL as Mumbai Indians crushed MS Dhoni-less Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs on Friday.
One win away from assuring their last-four berth, the Mumbai Indians will look forward to take on their 'bunny' Kolkata Knight Riders - against whom they have an eight-match winning streak in an 18-5 head-to-head record. The last time KKR had won against MI was four years ago.
With three matches left in the league stage, the two teams clash for the first time this season, with the return leg slated for May 5 in Mumbai. KKR are in the midst of a six-match losing streak and seemed to have lost the plot completely. Karthik led from the front with a career-best 97 not out to set a challenging 176 target for Rajasthan Royals in the last match as they looked to snap their losing streak but their pacers came a cropper and the visitors secured a thrilling three-wicket win.
Starting at elimination, KKR would hope for their batting and bowling to click as a unit with just three matches to go. At the moment nothing is going in favour of the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise, something that reminds of their disastrous show in 2009 when the team had lost nine in a row, in a 10-match winless run.
This will be KKR's last home match of the season and the team will look to win it for the fans who have come in huge numbers and packed the stadium in every match. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will look at captain Rohit to give them a flying start.
Here’s MyKhel’s Live Updates of the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match:
It's been an exciting match to watch with the meteor of boundaries here at the Eden Gardens. KKR finally lost their losing streak against MI. The players take a bow and a lap around the stadium as this was their last home game of the season. King Khan also joins his boys as they thank their supporters.
And its over! KKR dominate the show as they beat Mumbai Indians by 34 runs at home.
WICKET! Chawla picks up a wicket
Piush Chawla starts the last over with a dot.
WICKET!!! Hardik Pandya goes for 91 off 34. KKR remove the danger man. Gurney picks up an important wicket.
MAXIMUM!!! Pandya taking the game away here. KKR need a wicket here.
Mumbai need 58 off 16.
The Pandya brothers bring up their partnership of 53 off 22.
MAXIMUM! Hardik Pandya follows up the four with a huge six off Narine. Pandya keeps Mumbai in the hunt.
Sunil Narine comes in for the last over. Goes for four on the first delivery.
Mumbai Indians need 73 off 24.
DROPPED! DK and Robin Uthappa collide as they drop a sitter and hands Krunal Pandya a lifeline.
Krunal Pandya begins his innings with a MAXIMUM!
WICKET!! Sunil Narine strikes again. Pollard caught at deep square leg by Rana.
MAXIMUM!! Hardik Pandya slaying it here
Chawla hammered here as he gives away 16 off the over.
Pollard and Hardik steady Mumbai's innings building a partnership of 42 off 19
Russell can’t put a foot wrong this season. He’s ravaged bowlers this season with amazing power and consistency. The World Cup’s a different format, of course, but his IPL form carries stiff warning to opposing bowlers already— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 28, 2019
MAXIMUM! And Hardik Pandya continues his smashing form with another maximum of Narine
Narine to Pollard: FOUR: flicked to deep square's left.
MAXIMUM!! Hardik Pandya thrashing Chawla here, sends it into the crowd
Piyush Chawla in. Hardik Pandya hit Chawla for a maximum.
Russell strikes again!! Brilliant bowling from Russell as Suryakumar Yadav is caught by Dinesh Karthik. Mumbai four wickets down.
MAXIMUM! Suryakumar Yadav holds down the fort for the visitors.
Sandeep Warrier gives away just 6 runs off his over.
FOUR! Third man fielder runs but fails to get to it as Yadav picks up four runs.
WICKET!! Andre Russell strikes with the ball. Wicket number 3 is down for Mumbai. Lewis caught by Karthik.
FOUR! Lewis clears the cover field for a boundary
MAXIMUM! Suryakumar Yadav flicks it and sends it over the ropes at deep-square leg.
WICKET! MI Review it. Original decision is out. Review retained and skipper Rohit Sharma has to go back.
SIX! Lewis hits it straight over third-man
WICKET!!! Russell takes a safe catch as Narine dismisses de Kock early. Great start for KKR.
FOUR to end the over. 9 off the first over
FOUR! Rohit gets off the mark with a four.
Warrior in with the new ball for KKR. de Kock, Rohit start chase.
Kolkata Knight Riders put up a strong total of 232. This is the highest IPL score of the season.
A maximum and two back-to-back boundaries to start the over
Last over. Malinga into the attack.
FOUR! Goes over extra-cover.
Russell finds the gap and it runs away for four
Free hit. Andre Russell on strike.
50 comes up for Russell off 30 balls.
SIXXX!! RUSSELL MANIA ON HERE AT EDEN GARDENS
WICKET!! Gill's wonderful innings comes to an end. Lewis takes a catch at deep mid wicket. Gill walks after scoring 76 off 45.
14 off Malinga's over.
FOUR!!! This time its Russell! Malinga being hammered here in Eden
Shubman Gill hits back-to-back fours off Malinga
RUSSELL SHOW IS ON AT THE EDEN GARDENS! Two huge sixes from Chahar's over.
Hardik Pandya gives away just four off the over
Hardik Pandya into the attack
CAUGHT! Beautiful catch by Lewis as Chris Lynn's fiery innings come to an end. Lynn gets the length, elevation but not the distance.
50! Chris Lynn brings up his 10th IPL half-century here at the KKR den. Lynn brings up his half-century off just 27 balls
FOUR!!! Lynn just one short of 50
MAXIMUM!!!! Chahar under pressure as Lynn launches it over deep mid-wicket for a six.
FOUR! Lynn smashes it as he sends it away just wide off long-on
Skipper Rohit brings Rahul Chahar into the attack
FOUR! Lynn brings up the fifty run partnership off six overs as he sends it past mid-off for a boundary.
FOUR! Lynn sends it towards deep square leg as it runs away for four
Jasprit Bumrah into the attack for the visitors
FOUR! Lynn squeezes it between point and cover-point for a boundary
Krunal Pandya back for his second over
Just three off Malinga's over.
Lasith Malinga into the attack
KP gives away just two runs in the second over
Krunal Pandya in for the second over
Gill smashes 14 off the first over off Sran
SIXX!! Gill smashes it over deep square leg for the first maximum of the innings
FOUR! This time runs away towards off-side
FOUR!! Shubman Gill sends the first ball straightaway through the onside as KKR begin with a boundary
Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to open for KKR. Sunil Narine drops down the order
After Delhi Capitals sealed their place in the first match of the day, its time for the second game. The umpires have walked in. Mumbai in a huddle.
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunile Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier
TEAM NEWS from Kolkata 👇— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2019
Skipper @DineshKarthik makes 3⃣ changes tonight as Sandeep Warrier is handed his #KKR debut along with a return for @robbieuthappa and @gurneyhf into the playing 1⃣1⃣. #KKRvMI #VIVOIPL #IPL #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/WDAZKQ7Mn3
Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de kock (WK), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Barinder Sran.
KKR's last home game this season:
The support we've got here at Eden has been unreal. Thank you, #Kolkata 💜— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 28, 2019
This was when 6⃣0⃣0⃣ kids from the Calcutta Round-Table 4 came over to cheer our knights. #Special #IPL2019 #KKRHaiTaiyaar #KolkataKnightRiders pic.twitter.com/g1zHuzlV8d
The odds are highly stacked against KKR as MI are the strong favourites as they have an eight-match winning streak in an 18-5 head-to-head record. The last time KKR had won against MI was four years ago.
Meanwhile, the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai outfit heads into the match on a high note after defeating Chennai Super Kings in their previous outing by 46 runs. MI will look to seal a play-off berth with a win in Kolkata.
The Dinesh Karthik-led team is staring at elimination and will hope to give their home fans something to cheer about in their last home game of the season.
The second match of the Sunday double-header is just an hour away. The Kolkata Knight Riders will host the Mumbai Indians in match no. 47 of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens.