Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in match number 56 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 14 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Wednesday. The match is being held at the MCA Cricket Stadium in Pune. The Rohit Sharma-led MI side lost their first encounter versus Delhi Capitals before being beaten by high-flying Rajasthan Royals. As far as KKR are concerned, they have won two games from three this season and are chasing a rare win over MI.

Analysis of KKR

For KKR, Pat Cummins is available, and it remains to be seen whether he replaces Tim Southee, who has bowled brilliantly in the last two games. KKR have a concern with their top order, which is yet to get going. Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane have looked pale, whereas Nitish Rana hasn’t managed to contribute anything significant with the bat. If KKR are to do well and apply pressure on MI bowlers, the top-order needs to fire. Shreyas Iyer also is in search of runs, and he needs to control his aggression against leg-spinners. Andre Russell and Sam Billings hold the key for KKR.

With the ball, Umesh Yadav has led the show. He has claimed eight wickets, and his impact in the PP overs is noteworthy. Southee has been solid too. Credit should be given to Sunil Narine for his highly economical outings thus far. With Varun Chakravarthy and Russell in the mix, KKR have a sound bowling attack. Shivam Mavi needs to find his rhythm back.

Analysis of MI

MI will be giving time to Suryakumar Yadav in terms of recovering from an injury. He is unlikely to feature versus KKR. He could have added so much quality to that batting line-up. The onus will be on MI’s front three to make a statement of intent. Ishan Kishan is the joint-leading scorer, and his exploits can allow Rohit to play second fiddle. Tilak Varma will aim to make an impression. He has been highly impressive. What worries is the lack of character in the middle order. Tim David and Kieron Pollard are yet to get going. They have important roles on offer in the middle-order as finishers. 

With the ball, Jasprit Bumrah was terrific versus the Royals, and he will want to replicate his performance. Basil Thampi and Tymal Mills will hope to provide the support needed. It remains to be seen how Murugan Ashwin spins his web around the KKR batters. MI are a bit short in bowling, and that can work well for KKR.

Head-to-head record

The two teams have met each other 29 times in the competition so far. MI have the edge over KKR, keeping a 22-7 lead so far. Last season, the two sides shared the spoils.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

MI predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Verma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi

KKR predicted playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy

Which team is the predicted winner?

The win versus PBKS will give KKR plenty of confidence. They have done well with the ball in all three games, and this unit can hurt MI, who are yet to find a rhythm. Also, KKR have that extra bit with the bat too to hurt MI. If KKR make early inroads, they can attack the MI line-up and trump the five-time champions. MI need skipper Rohit to come out firing. Overall, KKR have the better quality and can get the job done here. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

The MCA Stadium in Pune has clocked an average first innings score of 190.5 over the last two games. Also, the side batting first has won on both occasions. If KKR can keep MI below the par-score, they can be in for a treat. Variations and intelligence will be key for the bowlers of both sides.

 The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

MI skipper Rohit Sharma has piled up 1,015 runs against KKR and is the top scorer versus them. Overall in the IPL, Rohit has 495 fours and is eyeing the mark of 500. Ishan Kishan has scored 135 runs in the IPL 2022 season and is aiming to continue his red-hot streak. Shreyas needs 66 runs to register a mark of 2,500 in the IPL. Russell (1,795 runs) needs 8 more to surpass Mahela Jayawardene (1,802).

The major bowling stats on offer

Umesh Yadav has claimed 14 wickets in 15 games MI. He has 127 scalps in the IPL and can surpass Ravindra Jadeja (128). Sunil Narine (23) is two shy of 25 scalps versus MI. He will become only the fourth bowler to achieve this mark. Overall, Narine has claimed 145 IPL scalps to date. Jasprit Bumrah has 133 IPL scalps, including 15 in 14 matches versus KKR.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Tilak Varma

All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Varun Chakravarthy

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Sam Billings, Shreyas Iyer, Tilak Verma

All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer

Bowlers: Tymal Mills, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Ishan Kishan: The MI opener can set the tone for his side with an effortless batting on offer. He has all the shots in his text book. He has taken the game to the opposition teams, and the numbers suggest why MI broke the bank for him.

Umesh Yadav: The veteran pacer has gone off to a prolific start with 8 scalps taken already. He has been a prime asset in the PP overs. Umesh will be aiming for the big fishes of MI upfront.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Andre Russell: The Russell-muscle was in effect versus PBKS, and we saw how he took the game away in style. Once Russell sets in, he can be lethal. His biggest test will be against Jasprit Bumrah at the death.

Rohit Sharma: The versatile MI skipper can be the perfect anchorman for his side, and his presence can allow Kishan to make inroads early on. Rohit enjoys batting versus KKR, and he will want to show his mettle.

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