A battered and bruised Kolkata meet their bogey team, the Mumbai Indians, who have found some momentum of their own. With Kolkata’s hopes dangling by a thread, they are in desperate need of the two points after suffering a morale-sapping loss to the Lucknow Super Giants. Both teams need to play some good cricket mainly for a higher finish, as their chances of making it to the playoffs seem done and dusted.
Mumbai is only playing for pride, as they are already out. With some good live cricket, the team has seemed to be playing the role of the party spoilers to perfection. They having spoiled the momentum of both the Royals and the Titans.
They would love to end the hopes of another team and keep the feeling of positivity alive. This could be a very interesting match, with one team looking to stay in the tournament, while the other looks to spoil the party and change the completion of the points table.
The Mumbai side has finally found momentum, albeit a little too late. They have finally begun to display the form and ability that they have been capable of all this while. In their last game against the Titans, they pulled off victory from the jaws of defeat, with Sams bowling a brilliant last over. In a season plagued by inconsistency and incompetence, this comes as a breath of fresh air for the Mumbai side.
The relief is there for everyone to see in their camp. With nothing to lose, they will look to keep on playing the same way for the rest of the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Just when it seemed that they have turned a corner, the Knights slip back to earth with a shambolic performance against the Super Giants. They were average with the ball, and the less said about their performance with the bat the better. Their struggles in the powerplay are turning out to be a huge problem for them, with them having lost the most wickets in the power play, and being the only team to not have a 50+ opening stand in the tournament.
Things look very bleak for the Knights and they will have to ensure that they win this game come what may, or else it’s goodbye to the playoffs for this season.
It’s been quite a one-sided contest between the two traditional rivals. Mumbai Indians 22-8 Kolkata Knight Riders
With Kolkata really struggling, the momentum of Mumbai entering this fixture after winning two straight games is enough evidence to suggest that Mumbai will enter this game as favourites from the outset.
Date and time
9th May 2022 (Monday) at 7:30 pm.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai