IPL 2019, MI vs KKR: How a Mumbai Indians-win against Kolkata Knight Riders will rewrite IPL’s 12-year-old history
Kolkata Knight Riders face Mumbai Indians in a virtual quarter-final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. A KKR win would take them to No.4 in the IPL points table and ensure a playoff berth, whereas a defeat would knock them out of the tournament and guarantee Sunrisers Hyderabad a top-four finish. There are no prizes to guess whom SRH would be rooting for in Sunday’s encounter. But apart from SRH and KKR, Mumbai Indians too have a lot riding on this match.
Not only do MI need to win their last league encounter of IPL 2019 against KKR to ensure a top two finish but they also have a chance to rewrite IPL’s 12 year-old history. If MI manage to beat KKR on Sunday then that would make SRH the first side in the history of IPL to qualify for playoffs with just 12 points.
Currently, both KKR and SRH are locked at 12 points. But the Orange Army has a far better run rate of +0.577 than the Kolkata-based franchise (+0.173). Therefore, KKR will be knocked out of the tournament if they lose to Mumbai Indians and SRH will qualify with just 12 points.
An MI win against KKR also means the three-time champions will have two shots at reaching the final. Rohit Sharma’s men have a better NRR (+0.321) than Delhi Capitals (+0.044) and finish at No.2 if they win.
A KKR win, however, will make matters simpler and NRR will not even come into play. They will qualify for playoffs as the fourth-ranked side and MI will take the third spot behind CSK and DC.
However, it might turn out to be a tough task for KKR to qualify as they do not have a good record against MI. MI have a win percentage of 75% over KKR which is the joint highest by any team against any team in the IPL (among current IPL teams only).
Kolkata do not have a good record at Wankhede as well as they have managed to win only a single match against MI at Mumbai. This is the joint least wins vs MI at Mumbai along-with SRH who also has a single victory vs MI at Mumbai.
However, KKR have the worst win percentage(12.50%) vs MI at Mumbai