Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old foes Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifer 2 here on Friday. Gautam Gambhir's team could manage just 107 runs, a target easily chased down by Rohit Sharma and co.
Kolkata Knight Riders - 1. "The ball was coming onto the bat nicely in our innings", he said. The Knight Riders lost both their matches against the Mumbai Indians in the round-robin league stage.
Mumbai Indians went on to top the table with 10 wins from 14 games that helped them with a second opportunity to the final while Kolkata Knight Riders with eight wins finished fourth in the table.
Momentum though is with the Gambhirs.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, opted for Karn Sharma over Harbhajan for a different reason. This might also fire back if Lynn plays against his natural game of going after the bowlers with the word "play".
"Today was a flawless example as we played a great game".
On two occasions, Sunil Narine did exceedingly well as an opener in this IPL and on both occasions, it was against the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling. Narine got sharp turn, used the bounce intelligently and never really erred in line.
Nathan Coulter Nile: The Aussie pacer will again be the bowler in the qualifier 2 against MI as against SRH he was simply outstanding at the same pitch. Used cleverly by captain Gambhir, they were accuracy personified.
"We don't have a good record against Mumbai, but hopefully we can settle that tomorrow", asserted Gambhir. By the end of the 12th over, Knight Riders were only 61 for 5.
Piyush Chawla (2/34) was at the forefront of the early demolition, sending the risky Lendl Simmons (3) and Ambati Rayudu (6) back in the hut with a googly and a peach of a delivery respectively which beat Rayudu all ends up. In comparison, Simmons and Parthiv have struck at 143.59 and 146.20 respectively, against pace this season. Mumbai had made note of this even in the previous meeting between these sides at the Eden Gardens, stationing a man at long-off and getting their quicks to deny him the drive.
As far as the bowling is concerned, Mumbai may continue to open their attack with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan.
Kieron Pollard: The aggressive middle-order batsmen from the Carribbean has played some brutal knocks in his career.
Earlier, Rohit placed his fielders intelligently in the batting powerplay to earn Mumbai vital wickets off hard-hitting Chris Lynn (4) and Sunil Narine (10).