Five-time champions Mumbai Indians will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the 14th game of the Indian Premier League 2022. Mumbai has lost both games, and their bowling attack was annihilated by the Rajasthan Royals in the most recent game. KKR, on the other hand, has looked good and comes into this game off a convincing win over Punjab Kings.
Suryakumar Yadav’s injury remains a concern for the Mumbai Indians, who are struggling to find balance on their team. A loss here would put them in a bind. The team will need better performances from their bowlers, who have looked out of shape in both games. In terms of skill, the two teams are evenly matched, and we should have a good contest that goes down to the wire.
The 14th match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians will take place on April 6th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, 14th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 6, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Team Previews
Shreyas Iyer’s team has started the tournament well, winning two of their first three games. The side with the bat and the ball put in an outstanding performance against Punjab Kings in their most recent game, which they won by four wickets. Iyer would like to make the most of this opportunity, as the Mumbai Indians have struggled thus far in the tournament.
Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane form a good opening pair for the side, and they will look to exploit Mumbai’s bowlers’ poor form. The middle order is the side’s strongest point, with Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, and Sam Billings looking to score runs. Andre Russell delivered an electrifying knock in the previous game, bolstering the batting lineup alongside Sunil Narine.
Umesh Yadav has used the new ball to his advantage, forming a lethal new-ball pairing with Tim Southee. Varun Chakravarthy and Narine are both talented bowlers in this format, and the team would like to see them continue to trouble Mumbai’s batsmen as they have done so far this season. Shivam Mavi must justify his selection after leaking runs in the previous game and cannot afford to do so again against Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Sam Billings (wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mohammad Nabi, Pat Cummins, Sheldon Jackson, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Rasikh Salam, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar
Predicted XI: Shreyas Iyer (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sam Billings (wk), Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav
Rohit Sharma would be concerned. The team has suffered two defeats, both of which have been attributed to a lacklustre bowling attack. They failed to capitalise on their chances in the previous game against the Rajasthan Royals, falling by 23 runs. They must win this game in order to avoid falling to the bottom of the points standings. They have a good record against KKR, which Sharma will look to use as motivation here.
Sharma and Ishan Kishan have scored runs in the previous two games and will look to establish a good opening wicket stand in this game. Tilak Varma performed admirably in the previous game, but the absence of Suryakumar Yadav is hurting the team. Anmolpreet Singh must take the lead in this game and keep the middle order stable. Down the order, the team has good hitters in Kieron Pollard, Tim David, and Daniel Sams.
Their bowlers have been inconsistent, which would be a source of concern for the team. Because KKR has a strong batting line-up, they will need good spells from Jasprit Bumrah and Daniel Sams at the start of the game. Basil Thampi would have to get over his shocking loss in the previous game. Tymal Mills and Murugan Ashwin must nail their lines and contribute to the team’s cause.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi, Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Riley Meredith, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Rahul Buddhi, Arshad Khan, Dewald Brevis
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Toss Prediction
This stadium is known for high-scoring games, and we’ve already seen two of them. On both occasions, the team that batted first easily won the game. Both teams would take a cue from this, and the team that won the toss would bat first in the game.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The MCA Stadium in Pune is an ideal venue for a T20 match. Because of the flat wicket and the lightning-fast outfield, this ground has seen some huge scores. Fast bowlers have struggled at this venue in the past due to a lack of assistance. Spinners, on the other hand, have a good track record.
On April 6, the skies over Pune would be clear. The surface would be suitable for batting, and the ball would come onto the bat nicely, as seen in the previous two games. Bowlers have a narrow margin of error and must stick to their game plan. In this game, the team batting first would need at least 180 runs to successfully defend it.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Match Prediction
We’re going to put our money on the Mumbai Indians to win. They may have lost their first two games, but their squad’s strength is undeniable. We believe they have been playing good cricket but have just lacked the spark to take them over the finish line. Suryakumar Yadav’s possible return to the lineup could provide the spark they need.
Mumbai Indians is the favourite to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.80.
- KKR’s bowling attack is strong, and they have held teams to less than 140 runs in two games where they have bowled first.
- MI’s middle order is inexperienced, and Suryakumar Yadav’s absence is affecting the side’s balance.
- KKR has a strong batting lineup that includes Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, and Venkatesh Iyer.