The 38th match of IPL twenty20 will be played between two teams who are very confidant of beating any team they play. But unfortunately only one team will came out as winner. Mumbai Indians bounce back well in the tournament and they have tasted their first win against the same team they will play again today in front of their home crowd.
The key battle will be between Kolkata new ball opening pair Ishant Sharma and Shoiab Akhtar and Mumbai Indians opening batsman Sachin Tendulkar and S. Jayasurya. Shoaib Akhtar remains the key after making a resounding Indian Premier League (IPL). He bowls at optimum pace in game against Delhi Daredevils where he demolished Delhi batsman, though he was helped by a couple of Delhi batsmen who decided to match him with aggression rather than remain patient.
If Kolkata Knight Riders want to win the game against Mumbai Indians then there batsman needs to fire. Apart from two matches they have played against Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers, their batsman struggled badly with bat in other matches.
If Mumbai win, it will be their fifth in a row, giving them further confidence in their bid for a semi-final spot.
Player to Watch
David Hussey and Saurav Ganguly: Both will be itching to get big score in front of huge crowd at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and if they able to perform well with bat then his team chances of winning the game will be increased. So far Dada has done well with ball also that is another advantage for his team.
Sanath Jayasurya Vs Shoiab Akhtar: It will be great to watch Shoaib and Ishant Sahrma against Sachin and Sanath Jayasurya. Today’s match result will much depend on how Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasurya tackle the fast and furious spell from Ishant and Shoiab Akhtar.
Pitch at Wankhede Satdium will be of full of runs with some help for the spinners, New ball will come on to bat in first six overs so both team look to score quick runs in these overs.
Mumbai Indians who have won their last four encounters will likely to stick with same playing XI; on the other hand S.Ganguly may make some changes in their final XI by bringing M.Hafeez and M.Karthik in place of T.Taibu and I.Abdulla respectively.
Likely Playing XI for both the teams (Match will start from India time)