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MI looks to open its accounts; it takes on KKR in tonight’s encounter

By wasmulhaq 
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Last night, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) stopped the Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) winning streak, defeating them by four wickets. The RCB batsmen applied themselves sensibly and chased down the 169 run target quite easily in the end. 

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Another electrifying match is on the card today between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Both franchises are looking for victory to snatch crucial points. 

KKR won all games in Pune

The important fact is that KKR have emerged victorious in all the matches they’ve played at the MCA stadium in Pune. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma’s record against KKR is remarkable. He has piled up over 1000 runs against KKR with a healthy average of 46.14, including one century and six half-centuries.

The Pune pitch is generally conducive for the bowlers bowling in the second innings. Therefore, bowlers were able to defend their scores in the previous two matches on this ground. The toss appears to be crucial in today’s match. It is likely the skipper, winning the toss, will most probably elect to bat first.

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MI record’s superior to KKR

If we talk about the IPL head-to-head record, then Mumbai Indians’ record is far superior to Kolkata Knight Riders’. Both teams have met 29 times against each other. The Mumbai Indians won 22 while the Kolkata Knight Riders were able to win only 7 matches. 

Cricket is known for its uncertainty. Past records don’t matter much. Both MI and KKR are replete with stars. Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma has to be careful in today’s match because his team is looking to taste the first victory in IPL 2022. The team needs to open its accounts and improve its run rate as well.

KKR is in a better place. It has four points and has won two out of three matches. It would like to continue its excellent form. It is looking to conquer MI in today’s fixture.

Some of the players of KKR are in tremendous form at the moment. The bowling of the franchise is superb. In this edition of the IPL, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, and Varun Chakaravarth have been effective and are proving difficult for other teams’ batters to handle. While Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer, and Sam Billings will be in charge of the batting, they have to click if KKR wants to surpass MI in tonight’s important encounter.

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On paper, the Mumbai Indians appear to be a formidable team. Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav can change the complexion of the match in a few overs. KKR must know the opponent’s hitting prowess. However, Jasprit Bumrah needs to improve his performance in today’s match. He is the leading bowler for the team.

It’s going to be another cracking match tonight. Fans have a chance to watch some quality cricket from both sides. KKR and MI have equal opportunities. Be ready for an absorbing encounter.

 Wasim Haque

 

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