An under-par and under-fire Mumbai take on a resurgent and massively improving Kolkata Knight Riders in a fixture that is very crucial for Mumbai to get a result from. The boys in blue are low on confidence and are winless in their first two games, finding themselves on the bottom fringes of the table, whereas the Knights are on a roll again after demolishing the Punjab Kings in their previous encounter. Cricket Prediction will surely favour the team from Kolkata in this fixture.
This is a must-win IPL match for the Mumbai Indians or else they will be forced to play catch-up for the rest of the season which could prove to be a step too much even for a team as successful as Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders
It was the Russell Muscle show in the last game, as the big-hitting Jamaican single-handedly won the game for the Knights courtesy of some brutal power-hitting as well as his extremely economical bowling in the first innings, which enabled them to restrict Punjab to a low score. The form of Russell augurs well for the fortunes of the Knights as the Jamaican is one of the key pieces of the team and one of the veterans of the squad. Couple that with the all-around performance of the rest of the team, Kolkata can sure fancy themselves in this match against their opponents.
It is early days in the tournament, but the Mumbai Indians are in trouble. Over the course of both their games, their bowling attack has been one of the poorest in the league, leaking runs at will, as well as bowling sluggishly, which is a shame because there was a time that Mumbai used to always boast one of the beat attacks in the league. The batting looks ordinary, with none of the batsmen able to contribute apart from Ishan Kishan and Tilak Verma. The Mumbai Indians have the notorious distinction of being slow starters in every tournament, but in a tournament that promises to be one of the most closely-contested tournaments in recent memories, the 5-time champs cannot afford any more slip-ups from here on and have to start winning games starting from this game onwards.
This is one of the most one-sided Head-to-Head in the history of the IPL. Mumbai Indians have had the upper hand over the knights ever since the inception of the IPL, with the boys in blue winning 22 out of the 29 fixtures played between the 2 sides, while the Knights have won just 7. Even in the last 5 fixtures between the two, Mumbai ace it 4 games to 1.
Date and time
6th April 2022 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm.
MCA Stadium, Pune.
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