Five-time IPL Champions, Mumbai Indians, have found some momentum at the fag end of the competition. The side has registered back-to-back victories in the competition and will be looking to more of the same against Kolkata Knight Riders.
In their previous outing, Mumbai registered a comfortable win over Gujarat Titans. Rookie batsman Tilak Verma is currently leading the batting charts for Mumbai Indians with 328 runs at a strike rate of 136.66.
Besides Tilak, Suryakumar Yadav (303 at 43.28 and strike-rate of 145.67), and opener Ishan Kishan (270 at 30.00 and strike-rate of 116.88) has also made some important contributions.
In the bowling department, Leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin has eight wickets at an average of 24.12 along with an economy-rate of just 7.72.
Kolkata Knight Riders
With four victories to their name this season, Kolkata will be keen to put on a decent show against Mumbai Indians.
In their previous outing, the side suffered a thumping defeat by 75 runs against the newcomers Lucknow Super Giants.
Since Kolkata are already out of the contention for a spot in the playoffs, the management would be hoping that the players can play to their potential in this dead rubber.
Kolkata’s leading run-getter in the competition is captain Shreyas Iyer with 330 runs at an average of 33.33 along with the strike-rate of 133.95, which included two half-centuries.
All-rounder Andre Russell is second on the list with 272 runs at 38.85 and with the strike-rate of 183.78 with one half-century to his name.
With the ball in hand, pacer Umesh Yadav has shown excellent form this season and claimed 15 wickets in 10 outings at an average of 19.06.