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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Betting Tips & Predictions IPL 2022

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Kolkata Knight Riders Recent Form

Three matches, two wins. Twice Kolkata Knight Riders bowled first and restricted the opposition (first CSK, then Punjab) to totals below the par score and then knocked the runs off with relative ease.

But on the one occasion they batted first, they made a right mess of things, posting a really poor total against RCB after being put in.

They ended up losing the game, though in all fairness they deserve credit for putting up a good fight with the ball when defending. At one stage RCB may have been a bit worried.

Like all the oher IPL sides this season, they’re going to have to work out how much batting aggression is enough, and how much is too much.

But they look in good shape, Shreyas Iyer seems to already be comfortable in his role as captain and they already have points on the board.

No match against this lot will be easy.

Team News

The starting point for KKR in terms of team news is always the same: the fitness of Andre Russell.

Well, so far his body has held up, though it was notable that he was only given the last over of the innings against Punjab to bowl, suggesting he’s not ready to bowl much at all at the moment.

In typical Russell-style, he took a wicket with his first ball and then ran out the last batsman with his second.

He then went on to smash a ridiculous 70 off 31 to prove that if his bowling is currently hampered, then his batting certainly isn’t.

Wicket-keeper Sheldon Jackson was dropped last time out with Sam Billings taking over the gloves and that looks the way for KKR to go.

Pat Cummins is available now after being on international duty with Australia.

It should be a pretty straightforward like-for-like replacement with the Australia Test captain coming in for Kiwi Tim Southee as Kolkata’s strike bowler.

Player to Watch: Umesh Yadav

If you had to have picked a KKR man to have been man-of-the-match in their two wins so far, Umesh Yadav would have been considerably down the list, below the likes of Russell, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer and a few others.

After all, this is a man mostly known for his Test match exploits who hardly played any IPL cricket over the past two seasons and had initially gone unsold at the auction before KKR’s late swoop.

In his first game he got man-of-the-match for his 2/20 against CSK and in the third for his 4/23 against Punjab. Even in defeat against RCB, he was good for his 2/16 which gave them a sniff at winning the match from an unlikely position.

By the way, in winning a sixth MOM award against Punjab, he became the first player in IPL history to get six MOM awards against the same team.

He’s now on eight wickets and is the Purple Cap holder. Betway make it 6.0 that he goes on to win it.

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KKR’s Likely XI

Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi.

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Mumbai Indians Recent Form

When the news was announced that IPL teams could only retain a maximum of four players ahead of the 2022 season, the common view was that Mumbai Indians and Chennai would be the worst hit.

And so it’s proved so far, Mumbai losing their first two games and CSK their first three.

The change in rules means the Indians had to lose a few of their core players who brought them so much success and if anything, their squad looks a fair bit weaker than the likes of Kolkata, Rajasthan or even Punjab.

But the rule change can’t be an excuse for everything. Any side boasting the likes of Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and the IPL’s most expensive purchase Ishan Kishan among others, should be winning more games than they lose.

But if they lose this one, they’ll already be at the stage where they’ll be extremely worried about even making the playoffs, having been the pre-tournament favourites to win it.

Team News

Sky Yadav missed their first two games with injury and how they’ve missed him. An absolute rock ar number three for them in those years when they were winning it, he’s one of those players who you only really miss when he’s not there.

He was 50/50 for their second match in terms of fitness and ended up not making it but they have no choice but to play him now after their poor start.

Assuming he plays and given Tilak Varma scored 61 off 33 last time out, it should be Anmolpreet Singh making way.

Both Daniel Sams and Tim David have had poor starts to the season so may be running out of chances even this early, with Fabian Allen and Riley Meredith waiting for their opportunity to impress.

Player to Watch: Daniel Sams

Sams is a good example of a player who has lit up one franchise league – the Big Bash – and failed to replicate his performances there in other leagues.

It could be that he really does struggle away from fast and bouncy Australian wickets or it could just be that he’s had some bad luck and we’ll still see the best from him in say the IPL, or The Hundred.

Because on his day, he’s a real star. A big strong wicket-taking fast bowler who can bowl at the top and at the death and is one of the biggest hitters of a cricket ball in the world.

All-rounders like that are generally worth their weight in gold and that’s exactly why Mumbai bought him.

But he needs to get going after not taking a wicket in two games and scoring just seven runs.

10CRIC make it 4.4 he’s their top bowler in the next game and 15.04 he’s their top batsman.

Mumbai Indians’ Likely XI

Sharma, Kishan, Yadav, Varma, Pollard, David, Sams, M Ashwin, Bumrah, Mills, Thampi.

Venue & conditions

We’ve had two matches at Pune so far, so we can start to draw some early conclusions.

It was here that the Royals posted and defended 210/6 against SRH and also here that Gujarat scored 171/6 batting first against Delhi, which they also defended.

So, the first thing to say is that 170+ scores batting first should be very manageable here. The second is that unlike the other venues, it may not be a ‘win toss, have a bowl’ wicket like the others are.

So it will be interesting to see which way the skipper winning the toss goes, because so far it’s been best to bat first.

Both teams here have plenty of firepower so going over 175 runs in the first innings runs market could be a decent bet.

Author: Shawn Burton