Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik IPL 2019
Rohit Sharma (left) and Dinesh Karthik (AFP Photo)

A do-or-die scenario for Kolkata Knight Riders. The target is simple: Win and enter playoffs. Lose and say goodbye to IPL 2019. A win for RCB over SRH has kept their hopes alive and they would want to use the lifeline despite undergoing a slump following a bright start to the season.

They have won their previous to clashes and with the winning momentum on their side, they will be confident when they square off against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede tonight.

TEAM NEWS

MUMBAI INDIANS

With everything going right for the team, Mumbai will not want to tinker much with their set combination.

Likely XI: 1. Quinton de Kock (wk), 2. Rohit Sharma (captain), 3. Suryakumar Yadav, 4. Evin Lewis, 5. Hardik Pandya, 6. Kieron Pollard, 7. Krunal Pandya, 8. Barinder Sran, 9. Rahul Chahar, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, 11. Lasith Malinga

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

With the Wankhede track aiding slow bowlers, KKR may also be tempted to play the extra spinner in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dumped because of poor form, at the expense of Andrew Tye.

Likely XI: 1. Chris Lynn, 2. Shubman Gill, 3. Robin Uthappa, 4. Andre Russell, 5. Dinesh Karthik (captain and wk), 6. Sunil Narine, 7. Nitish Rana, 8. Rinku Singh, 9. Piyush Chawla, 10. Harry Gurney, 11. Sandeep Warrier

Head-to-head record

Number of times played: 24

MI wins: 18

KKR wins: 6

Form Guide (most recent first)

MI: W L W L W

KKR: W W L L L

MI vs KKR PREDICTION: At Wankhede this IPL, only two teams have managed to return with a victory – Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. KKR have a poor history against MI and despite their morale boosting win at Eden Gardens, the danger lurks. It’s not going to be easy for Dinesh Karthik and Co. They might take the game close but MI start favourites