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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians: Road to Qualifier 2 in IPL 2017

Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old foes Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 Qualifer 2.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 14:42 IST
Bihan Sengupta
Captain Gautam Gambhir and Umesh Yadav have both performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 so far.
Captain Gautam Gambhir and Umesh Yadav have both performed well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 so far.(BCCI)

Kolkata Knight Riders will clash against Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. A look at the

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

Key matches: Kolkata Knight Riders started the tournament well, winning four of their five matches before losing to Gujarat Lions. They bounced back, skittling out Royal Challengers Bangalore for 49 before chasing down big totals in style. The game against Sunrisers Hyderabad too should boost their morale as they had won just one out of their last five games but showed character in restricting them for 128 before chasing down the target.

Big performances: No one would have imagined that Sunil Narine would score the fastest half-century in IPL. The West Indian has been relishing the new role and has been on a roll since opening the batting on a few occasions. Also, the way KKR bowlers skittled out RCB for just 49 was another power-packed performance from the former champions. They did a tidy job on Wednesday as well, restricting the defending champions to just 128.

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Road to qualifier

April 7: Beat Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets

April 9: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets

April 13: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

April 15: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs

April 17: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 4 wickets

April 21: Lost to Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets

April 23: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs

April 26: Beat Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets

April 28: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 wickets

April 30: Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs

May 3: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 4 wickets

May 7: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets

May 9: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs

May 13: Lost to Mumbai Indians by 9 runs

May 17: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets in D/L method

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma would hope to guide his team to IPL 2017 final. (PTI)

MUMBAI INDIANS

Key matches:

Usually slow starters, Mumbai Indians took the tournament by storm this season and went top of the table early on and consolidated their position. Led by skipper Rohit Sharma, they made the most of the initial schedule where they had to play eight matches in the space of 18 days. They won six of those eight games while losing twice to finalists Rising Pune Supergiant, against whom they lost the first Qualifier on Tuesday as well. They’ve evolved as a side and look capable of taking on any opposition. They gave a glimpse of that at the Wankhede when they almost chased down Kings XI Punjab’s 230/3 a few days back.

Read | IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians need Rohit Sharma to step up against Kolkata Knight Riders

Big performances

Parthiv Patel (377) and Kieron Pollard (369) lead the batting chart for Mumbai Indians, while the bowling department is loaded with impressive performers like Mitchell McClenaghan (19), Jasprit Bumrah (15) and Krunal Pandya (10). The bench strength too is as good as the side. They had fielded a second-string side against Kolkata Knight Riders during their last home game and still came managed to emerge victorious. Things, however, didn’t go to plan during the Qualifier against Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday. But with such talent at their disposal, they’re bound to bounce back.

Read | Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders: A peek into the teams’ weaknesses

Run-up to Qualifier I

Apr 6: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 7 wickets

April 9: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets

April 12: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets

April 14: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

April 16: Beat Gujarat Lions by 6 wickets

April 20: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

April 22: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 14 runs

April 24: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 3 runs

Apr 29: Beat Gujarat Lions in Super over

May 1: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets

May 6: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 146 runs

May 8: Lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets

May 11: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 7 runs

May 13: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 runs

May 16: Lost to Rising Pune Supergiant by 20 runs