Home > News >

IPL 2014: Inconsistent Kolkata Knight Riders look to continue winning streak against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Inconsistent Kolkata Knight Riders look to continue winning streak against Mumbai Indians
A win against table toppers Kings XI Punjab must have done Kolkata Knight Riders a world of good © PTI

Cuttack: May 13, 2014

High on confidence after beating table-toppers Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their previous game, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will look to continue the winning momentum when they take on erratic defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Cuttack on Wednesday.

The last time the two sides faced off in the tournament opener in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Knight Riders came out triumphant.

The Kolkata outfit, though, has been struggling to find its feet in the ongoing tournament, but back-to-back victories, especially a win against a strong Punjab side at this very venue, must have done its confidence a world of good.

Come Wednesday, KKR, who are placed fourth in the points table with four wins and five loses in nine games, would certainly be keen to go all out for a victory and brighten their chances of making the play-off stage.

Kolkata’s batting has clicked against both Delhi Daredevils (DD) and KXIP, with under-fire skipper Gautam Gambhir leading from the front striking a couple of superb half-centuries to guide the team to victory.

Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have also made significant contributions in the last two games and would be looking to continue with their exploits.

The bowlers will also draw confidence form the fact that they managed to restrict Punjab’s marauding batsmen to a mere 149 for eight here.

Knight Riders’ decision to include Morne Morkel and Piyush Chawla in the playing XI paid huge dividends as they picked five wickets for 49 runs in eight overs between them.

While leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (3 for 19) bowled brilliantly in the middle overs, pacer Morne Morkel (2 for 20) did his job to perfection.

With mystery spinner Sunil Narine around, the Mumbai Indians would definitely be wary of Kolkata’s bowling unit.

The defending champions, with just three victories from nine games so far, are well aware that they would have to win all their remaining matches if they want a berth in the play-offs.

They will take inspiration from the seven-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad last night.

Despite most of their batsmen being among runs, Mumbai have faltered a little too often in this tournament so far.

Skipper Rohit Sharma and West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard have been successful in the current season. Even Ambati Rayudu have contributed with runs.

On Monday night, Rayudu (68) along with Lendl Simmons (68) comfortably chased down a 158-run target against the Sunrisers.

Mumbai Opener Chidambaram Gautam has also pulled off a few surprises with his big hits.

However, other key batsmen in the ranks — Michael Hussey and Corey Anderson — are yet to click. And Mumbai can only hope that they would rise to the occasion on Wednesday.

As far as their bowling is concerned, Zaheer Khan‘s absence has hurt Mumbai but if the likes of Lasith Malinga, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha manage to fire in unison, the hosts might face some serious trouble.

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (00:00 IST)   at Basseterre, St Kitts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Aug 27, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Cardiff

More

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 177 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 7 wkts

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014  at St George's, Grenada

West Indies won by 3 wkts

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

Photos

England Women vs India Women 2014, 1st ODI at Scarborough

Videos

Morgan talks upcoming ODI series and World Cup

India tour of England 2014: Blaming WAGs for India’s poor run is childish

India look to regain confidence in warm-up match ahead of ODI series against England

India tour of England 2014: Visitor’s recent record in overseas ODIs a cause for concern

India tour of England 2014: Is county cricket really the answer for Indian batsmen?

India vs England 2014: Ideal opportunity for Sanju Samson and other youngsters to shine

Bangladesh England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ravi Shastri South Africa tour of Zimbabwe 2014 Sri Lanka West Indies Zimbabwe Zimbabwe vs South Africa Zimbabwe vs South Africa 2014

Live Scorecard:Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, at Hambantota

Eoin Morgan believes England must be more aggressive in ODIs

Shoaib Malik: When playing for Pakistan, my role in the team is not made clear

West Indies steamroll Bangladesh by 177 runs in 2nd ODI at Grenada, take series 2-0

Yuvraj Singh pays tributes to yoga guru Iyengar

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Younis Khan’s ODI comeback brings hope to Pakistan

India tour of England 2014: India among teams losing three tests in a series after being 1-0 ahead

Stephen Fleming: New Zealand tour to England in 1999 is one of my best moments

India tour of England 2014: Blaming WAGs for India’s poor run is childish

India look to regain confidence in warm-up match ahead of ODI series against England

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

660 Posts | 6 Fans

Funny Cricket Wonders and Blunders

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014: Younis Khan’s ODI comeback brings hope to Pakistan

Everton vs Arsenal, Preview and Team News, Barclays Premier League 2014-15: Toffees test await Gunners in EPL

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita let Simmi live with her husband?

Motorola Shamu aka Nexus 6 spotted on Indian import manifest

Extreme sportsman says he painted a Ukraine flag on Moscow skyscraper

Rajkumar Hirani, Gauri Shinde, Karan Johar, Mahesh Bhatt, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Anurag Basu to do cameos in Amitabh Bachchan’s Shamitabh!

Eoin Morgan believes England must be more aggressive in ODIs

5 diseases that may give you no warning signs

Apple iPhone 6 confirmed by Chinese carrier ahead of September 9 launch

UN Council condemns `heinous and cowardly` Foley murder

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here