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IPL 10, Qualifier 2: Kolkata vs Mumbai

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Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Robin Uthappa(w), Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir(c), Ishank Jaggi, Sunil Narine, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Darren Bravo, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav

Mumbai Indians(From): Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Karn Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shreyas Gopal

When: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Qualifier II, May 19, 2017 – 20:00 IST

Where: M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore

What to expect: Another long night in the offing in Bengaluru as thunderstorms are expected around 6 PM and 10 PM. The recently-upgraded drainage facility at M. Chinnaswamy awaits its second stern test in three days.

Did you know?

MI has beaten KKR 15 times across 20 matches in IPL – the most by a team against an opposition. MI has also won the last five matches against KKR.

MI has won seven out of the nine IPL games they played at the Chinnaswamy including the last three. Their only play-off match here was in 2012, which they lost to CSK.

Gautam Gambhir needs 14 more runs to become the third player after Virat Kohli and David Warner to score 500 runs in a season on four instances.

Among those who have faced at least 100 balls in play-offs/knockouts, Kieron Pollard possesses the best strike rate – 171.88.

What they said:

“We have lost games before. It is not the end of the world. We are gonna go back and see what we can do in Bangalore.” – Rohit Sharma wasn’t too shaken by his side’s defeat in the Qualifier, considering they get a second chance in Bengaluru.

“The fast bowlers were getting nice carry. I feel, the teams batting here try to get 180. If you try for 150-160, it is more sensible. Sometimes you need to assess the conditions quickly.” – Gautam Gambhir on assessing the tricky surface at the M. Chinnaswamy.

Mumbai Indians

Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana batted in adjacent nets, yet there will be space for only one of them in the final line-up. Rayudu earned his spot after a half-century in MI’s last league stage game against KKR, but fell for a duck in the all-important qualifier. Rohit Sharma could be tempted to lean towards the consistency of Rana, who has 333 runs in 12 outings.

Rohit Sharma could also have a decision on his hands with regards to Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma. Harbhajan hasn’t played since being toyed with by Kings XI Punjab, but if packing the side with experience is on Rohit’s priority list, then the offspinner could be drafted in.

Pitch report: It’s dry and cracked, with tinges of green ready to fight with their egos to hold the surface together. Should play as it has all season – low and slow. Harsha Bhogle makes a good point on air — can you play under the assumption (that it will rain)?

Cricbuzz Poll: We ran a poll on Twitter, the results of which fueled the anticipation all the more. Mumbai – 51%, Kolkata 49%. What do you think?

Probably XI Players:

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Ishank Jaggi, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

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