Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Preview and Prediction: Will Mumbai Score First Win?

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Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians are set to go head-to-head with Mumbai looking for the first win of the season in their third game. Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, have won two of their opening three and look like a force to be reckoned with in IPL 2022. But who will come out on top here? Read on for our full Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians preview and prediction:

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Preview and Prediction

IPL So Far

After, somewhat unexpectedly, surging into the final last year only to fall short against Chennai Super Kings, the pressure is on KKR to back it up this season. They were able to retain most of the players who took them to that final and they have looked in sync over the first three matches of the season. Their aggressive approach on both sides of the equation has not always paid off, but two wins out of three is a good start. One that they will be hoping gets even better here.

Mumbai Indians have made a habit of starting slowly and so one suspects that they will not be unduly concerned at having lost to the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals in their first two matches of the season. But the manner of those defeats might raise some concerns. Delhi chased down the target set by Mumbai with ease, getting across the line with 10 balls to spare, whilst Mumbai then threw away a promising position chasing 193 against Rajasthan to end up losing by 23 runs.

Expected Teams

KKR will surely stick with their opening combination of Ajinkya Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer, though neither man has yet his straps. Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana will be the engine room of the batting unit at three and four, with Sheldon Jackson likely to take the gloves. Sam Billings will likely drop out of the side. The destructive Andre Russell will bat at six with Sunil Narine at seven. Pat Cummins should be in line for his first appearance of 2022. Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav and Varun Chakravarty will complete the XI.

Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan have both batted well at the top of the order. The return of Suryakumar Yadav will be a boost if he is passed fit to play. More is needed from Tilak Varna and Kieron Pollard at four and five. Tim David too has not yet fired. Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams will be the last recognised batter at seven. Spinner M Ashwin, death bowling specialist Tymal Mills, Jasprit Bumrah and Jaydev Unadkat will round out the Mumbai side with Basil Thampi likely to be dropped after a poor start.

Prediction

Mumbai Indians have very much had the better of this rivalry. But this might just be the perfect time for Kolkata Knight Riders to pick up a rare win. The arrival of Cummins adds an extra-dimension to their pace attack, even if his white-ball exploits have not matched those with the red ball, whilst their batters were in sparkling form against Punjab Kings last time out. As with any T20 match, it could go either way, but KKR look the better side coming into the match.

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