Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 06 May 2013 - 10:00pm IST
Preview : Match 53 – MI v KKR
Desperate KKR seek to upset MI at home
Match 53 of Pepsi IPL 2013 will feature the Mumbai Indians taking on defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.
Both teams have played 11 matches, but their fortunes have been vastly different; the Mumbai Indians have won seven matches – as many as KKR have lost. However, both teams will carry the feel-good factor when they take the field in this match. In their most recent outings, the Mumbai Indians handed the formidable Chennai Super Kings their biggest defeat in IPL history, while the Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Rajasthan Royals convincingly.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8 p.m
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Rohit Sharma has been batting a dream this season. The team’s top run-getter, the 26-year old does not seem to be burdened by the pressures of captaincy. Dinesh Karthik too has been batting beautifully; however he will know that his team will need more than just cameos. Keen an eye on Sachin Tendulkar too, for the ‘Little Master’ has been playing entertaining cameos and the big one could just be round the corner.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are at the top of their game when they get runs from their captain at the top of the innings. Gautam Gambhir scored three half-centuries in the first five matches this season but has since gone off the boil; in the last four matches, the southpaw has managed only 34 runs. The return to form of Yusuf Pathan has only boosted the middle-order. On the bowling front, Sunil Narine has been outstanding – picking up 16 wickets and conceding runs at an economy of 5.68.
The Mumbai Indians have dominated their previous matches against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Off the 11 previous meetings between the two teams, the Mumbai Indians have emerged victors on nine occasions.
When the two teams met at Kolkata earlier this season, the visitors chased down 159, keeping five wickets in hand with a ball to spare.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have lost all their away matches this season.
Mumbai Indians have won everything at home this season; they’ve won the toss, the match and the Man-of-the-Match award in each of their five matches at home this season.
Both teams will be seen in action next against the Pune Warriors India. While the Kolkata Knight Riders will head straight to Pune following this fixture for their match on May 9, the Mumbai Indians will enjoy a three-day break before they visit Pune for their contest on May 11.