10 Interesting stats & facts of Qualifier 2 (KKR vs MI)

10 Interesting stats & facts of Qualifier 2 (KKR vs MI)

The two captains – Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir – have dismal records in playoff/ knockout stage matches; the former averages 12.31 in 14 playoff/knockout matches while Gambhir averages 16.63 from 9 such matches.

MI have an outstanding record in IPL matches in Bengaluru; they’ve won 7 of their 9 matches at the venue.

Rohit Sharma has scored more runs against KKR than against any other team; he has scored 684 runs against KKR at an average of 48.86.

The Kolkata Knight Riders have the best scoring rate in the powerplay overs – 9.69, while the Mumbai Indians have the best scoring rate in the death overs – 10.71.

Both Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir are field-first captains; while Rohit has opted to field on 8 of the 9 occasions he has won the toss, Gambhir has opted to chase on each of the nine occasions he’s won the toss this season.

Considering Knight Riders have two left-handers in their top six, Mumbai could ponder bringing in Harbhajan Singh for Karn Sharma or Krunal Pandya. Even though he had an ordinary outing in his previous game - conceding 45 off three overs against Kings XI Punjab - it was the only time in 11 games this season that he had conceded more than 6.75 an over. His economy of 5.30 in the Powerplay, meanwhile, is the best among all bowlers who have bowled five or more overs.

Harbhajan, who has been part of two IPL title-winning squads, has 14 wickets in knockout matches, the most by any spinner and second only to Dwayne Bravo among all bowlers.

Gautam Gambhir, who steered Knight Riders into the second Qualifer with an unbeaten 32 on Wednesday night, is the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 486 runs in 15 innings. 381 of his runs have come in 10 run chases.

Mumbai lost their only previous knockout match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, an Eliminator against Chennai Super Kings in 2012.

Mumbai won their only previous knockout fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders, in 2011, before losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second Qualifier.


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