MI vs KKR Preview – Mumbai aim to convert their historical edge into a win

After finally opening their account at the Indian Premier League 2023, Mumbai Indians will now host the Kolkata Knight Riders in the 22nd match of the tournament at their home ground- the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. While Mumbai won their last game against Delhi Capitals on the very last delivery in a thrilling manner, KKR will be coming off a loss and will be eying a victory.

After losing two games in a row, Kolkata’s winning streak was brought to and end by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their most recent IPL game on April 14. Nitish Rana’s men tried their best to complete the 229-run target set by Aiden Markram’s Hyderabad, but they failed to cross the finish line and ended up losing the game by 23 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Mumbai, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back defeats against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings in their first two encounters of the tournament. They might have lost the third game as well, but some powerful batting performances by Tim David and Cameron Green towards the end of the chase helped them clinch a final-ball thrilling victory.

Pitch and conditions

The previous match on this track saw slow bowlers getting assistance early on, and the batters making the most in the second half. Hence, the team winning the toss might likely opt to field first so as the chase the target with ease.

Venue details: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Last T20 match at the venue: MI- 157/8 (20 overs) | CSK- 159/3 (18.1 overs)

Probable playing XI for Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders clash:

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians had a good amount of break, and after their win in the previous game, it looked like they had found an almost perfect combination. Suryakumar Yadav’s form is still a concern and the batter could be hoping to bring out his usual self in their home game.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata bowlers were a bit expensive in their previous game, but given the conditions at the Wankhede, they can play a key role this time. The batting unit is strong enough to tackle Mumbai Indians, but the bowlers need to work on their strengths. Andre Russell hobbled off the field in his 3rd over, his fitness will be a cause of concern for Kolkata.