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IPL 2019, KKR vs MI: Top 5 player battles, how will Dinesh Karthik stop Rohit Sharma?

One win away from assuring their last-four berth, Mumbai will look forward to take on their ‘bunny’ Kolkata - against whom they have an eight-match winning streak in a 18-5 head-to-head record.

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2019 15:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
IPL 2019,KKR vs MI,KKR
File picture of Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma(AFP)

Mumbai Indians will look to seal a playoff berth when they face an out-of-sorts Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata Sunday.

One win away from assuring their last-four berth, Mumbai will look forward to take on their ‘bunny’ Kolkata - against whom they have an eight-match winning streak in a 18-5 head-to-head record.

Let’s take a look at some important player battles that could decide the course of the match –

Chris Lynn vs Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata opener Chris Lynn hasn’t reached the heights of previous editions and has struggled for most parts of the tournament. Against Mumbai, things aren’t going to be easy as he will have to deal with the pace and guile of Jasprit Bumrah. Lynn has faced 20 deliveries from Bumrah and has scored just 20 runs but more importantly, he has been dismissed by the MI pacer twice.

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Dinesh Karthik vs Lasith Malinga

Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik scored a masterful 97 in his last outing but still couldn’t help his team come out victorious in the match. He will now come up against Lasith Malinga, against whom he doesn’t enjoy a good record. He has faced 15 deliveries from the Sri Lankan in the IPL, scored 12 and has been out twice.

Nitish Rana vs Hardik Pandya

Middle-order batsman Nitish Rana has been one of the few bright spots for KKR this term. Rana will come up against Hardik Pandya in this clash and numbers suggest he has struggled against him in the past. Hardik has bowled 17 deliveries to Rana, conceded 15 and dismissed the southpaw twice.

Rohit Sharma vs Piyush Chawla

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma will look to continue his rich run-scoring form against Kolkata and his battle with spinner Piyush Chawla will be the one to surely watch out for. The two have come up against each other quite often with Rohit slamming 146 runs off 113 Chawla deliveries. The KKR spinner will take heart from the fact that he has dismissed the right-hander once before in the IPL.

Hardik Pandya vs Sunil Narine

Mumbai all-rounder Hardik Pandya has looked to hit everything out of the park this season and more often than not, he has connected. He usually comes to bat in the middle overs where spinner Sunil Narine generally likes to operate. Hardik has hit 17 runs off 15 Narine deliveries in the past and expect these numbers to grow significantly after the completion of this clash.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 14:28 IST