Kolkata Knight Riders are high on confidence after winning four out of five games so far © AFP
Kolkata Knight Riders are high on confidence after winning four out of five games so far © AFP

A pumped up  Kolkata Knight Riders will cross swords with struggling Mumbai Indians in the 24th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. KKR’s consistency has been remarkable. Gautam Gambhir-led KKR have suffered just a solitary defeat in five games so far. They are indubitably one of the most balanced sides in the tournament and boasts of players who are tailor made for a format such as T20. With Sunil Narine showing signs of rediscovering his mojo, KKR’s bowling department show off a overriding appearance. With Wankhede being a batting paradise and chasing team have had an advantage, KKR’s batting order will hold the key for their success. KKR vs MI games are one of the most sort for games in the IPL, as the two giants fight for glory we take a look at KKR’s probable XI. LIVE Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016 Match 24 at Mumbai

Top-Order: Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa at the top have done wonders for KKR. Both are in good nick and have provided a good start on a consistent basis. Gambhir has been in irresistible form and contributed massively to KKR’s tally of runs whereas Uthappa has got some good starts and played his part. They are one of the most consistent opening pairs in the tournament and will be of massive importance in this match as well. Illness to their established No. 3 batsman, Manish Pandey, paved way for Suryakumar Yadav at the said position. He played a determined knock for the side and steered them to a comfortable position from where they went on to win the game. Suryakumar will continue to bat at three and will look to replicate his magic once again against MI.  MI vs KKR, IPL 2016, Match 24 at Mumbai: Gautam Gambhir vs Tim Southee and other key battles

Middle Order: KKR’s middle-order has been strengthened by Yusuf Pathan’s return to form; they have now have an in form Pathan, explosive Andre Russell, crafty Shakib Al Hasan and Rajagopal Sathish. Russell is one of the most renowned T20 all-rounders and a terrific hitter of the ball. He can take the game away from the opposition on any given day if he clicks. Shakib’s all-round services will further bring variation in the attack. Shakib has been slightly out of touch and will look to regain his form in this game, although his bowling has been up to the mark. Sathish played his first game against Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) and was dismissed for 10; he will look to make an impact in this clash.

Lower Order: KKR’s bowling pace battery consists of Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel along with Russell. Morkel is a wicket-taking bowler but too leaked many runs in the previous game; he might get another chance to prove himself and will eye to grab the opportunity with both hands. Yadav drew enormous attention when he won KKR their previous game with a massive six in the final over, his menacing pace can get early wickets with the new ball and will to do so in the game s to come. Narine has been showing signs of retrieving his form but was expensive in the previous game. His presence holds a lot of importance for KKR as he is an impact player. Piyush Chawla will add some more flavour with his scheming leg-spin.

Kolkata Knight Riders Likely XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Rajagopal Sathish, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel.

(Suraj Choudhari is a reporter with Criclife and CricketCountry. He is an avid follower of the game, and plays the sport at club level. He has a radical understanding about the subtle nuances and intricacies of cricket, and tries to express it through paper and pen.)