Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League, IPL 2019
While MI are already qualified, this match is almost a virtual quarter-final for KKR. @ BCCI

Rohit Sharma has won the toss and Mumbai Indians have elected to bowl in the last league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. While MI will look to eke out a win to finish in the top two, this match is almost a virtual quarter-final for two-time champions KKR. A win tonight will seal their berth in the Playoffs.

Here are the playing XIs:

MI make two changes. Mitchell McClenaghan is back in place of Evin Lewis and Barinder Sran makes way for Ishan Kishan. KKR make just the one change. Prasidh Krishna comes in for Piyush Chawla.

MI XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

KKR XI: Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk and captain), Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna

Captains have their say at the toss:

Rohit Sharma: “We are going to bowl. The last few decisions we have made on this surface have been based on the opposition. Today we wanted to see a total on the board and then see how we go from there. It is important but at the moment we don’t want to think about it. We are more focused on playing good cricket. Not worry about the table. It is the last league game, we want to focus on good cricket. We have two changes – Mitch McClenaghan for Lewis and Ishan Kishan for Sran. It gets you into the momentum and the playing pressure games are always important going forward. We had a great game last time. It was not a great total, but the bowlers came out and bowled well.”

Dinesh Karthik: “Everybody is as calm as we can get. It is important game for both teams and they will come firing. One change – Prasidh comes in place of Piyush. They have done a good job so far in the tournament. Obviously both are quality players, so we expect them to deliver.”

PREVIEW

Kolkata Knight Riders’ hopes of qualification hang by a thread. Their fate now depends on Sunrisers Hyderabad, who face already knocked out Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday. If SRH lose and Kolkata win their last league game of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) against Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium, then it’s the two-time champions who will just sneak in.

My Dream XI Team

Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Andre Russell (captain), Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier