When: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Qualifier II, May 19, 2017 – 20:00 IST
Where: M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore
What to expect: Another long night in the offing in Bengaluru as thunderstorms are expected around 6 PM and 10 PM. The recently-upgraded drainage facility at M. Chinnaswamy awaits its second stern test in three days.
Since there is no reserve day, a Super Over will decide the winner in case rain denies a full match. If the conditions aren’t good enough for that as well, then Mumbai Indians will go through by the virtue of finishing ahead of KKR in the league.
History: Mumbai Indians have had the wood over fellow two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders – with 15 wins in 20 encounters. Interestingly, none of those 20 have come in the knockout stages.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Manish Pandey was ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League, late on Thursday evening with a side strain, and that is a big blow to the Knight Riders’ unit. The onus is now on Ishank Jaggi to repay the team management’s faith for giving him his first go in a crucial playoff fixture two days ago. Considering the pace troika of Umesh Yadav, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile rendered a good balance to the attack, and Yusuf Pathan also considered to fill in with an over or two of spin, there could be a toss up between Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav for the spinner’s spot.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Ishank Jaggi, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla/Kuldeep Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Umesh Yadav
Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana batted in adjacent nets, yet there will be space for only one of them in the final line-up. Rayudu earned his spot after a half-century in MI’s last league stage game against KKR, but fell for a duck in the all-important qualifier. Rohit Sharma could be tempted to lean towards the consistency of Rana, who has 333 runs in 12 outings.
Rohit Sharma could also have a decision on his hands with regards to Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma. Harbhajan hasn’t played since being toyed with by Kings XI Punjab, but if packing the side with experience is on Rohit’s priority list, then the offspinner could be drafted in.
Probable XI: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana/Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Harbhajan Singh/Karn Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.