Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the must win match against Mumbai Indians of DLF IPL 2012 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Kolkata Knight Riders will want to end their two-match back to back loss and recovery in successful way. Kolkata have 17 points from 14 matches and will be seeking success to obtain two points to move close to the top and play off subsequent failures at home, especially the last-ball beat against Chennai Super Kings on Monday before contrasting with a powerful Mumbai team at their home ground
If Mumbai, with 18 points from 14 matches, go on to defeat KKR then the Harbhajan Singh-led group would definitely book their place for playoffs. However, Mumbai’s issue has been their contradictory display in home circumstances where a challenging Wankhede wicket seems to be a frustration for them. They have registered back-to-back win against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata and are now near to Play the second level.
The advantage for Mumbai in the last two matches is their batting durability. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu are scoring good runs. Rohit obtained an unbeaten 109 – his first IPL century – to completely defeat Kolkata before Rayudu thrashed an unbeaten 81 off 54 balls to guide his team home.
For Kolkata it has been their leader, Gautam Gambhir, leading from the top and getting the team ahead in the competition. He has accumulated 519 runs from 13 matches and he would want his other batsmen to fire at the first with the team coming into the next level. Yusuf Pathan,has really disappointed both with bat and ball. Yusuf has so far got 117runs and 1 wicket from 13 matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Debabrata Das, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Brett Lee, Sunil Narine, L Balaji
Mumbai Indians: James Franklin, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Smith, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh (capt), Lasith Malinga, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha
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