Match 14 - KOL vs MUM Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Ind T20 League
Match 14: KOL vs. MUM
If you look at the history between these two teams, Mumbai is way ahead of Kolkata. The five-time champions have made Kolkata look like a B team in the past but things are very different this time. Mumbai, like most of the time, have lost their first two matches and Kolkata have already defeated Chennai and Punjab but failed to get the job done against Bangalore.
Mumbai looks like a completely different team this season. Their star-studded team from last year has been broken and they are yet to recover from that. Now, if we analyse, one thing can be said with absolute certainty that Rohit Sharma is yet to prove his pedigree in this tournament. He gets the much needed start but fails to convert it in big numbers. Against Kolkata, this isn’t the case. He performs well most of the time and you can even think of captaining him in the upcoming match. He gave a good start to the team in the very first match but failed in the second. Ishan Kishan can also be considered as the captain of your fantasy side. The young left-hander is in great form and he along with Tilak Verma is the heartbeat of the Mumbai team at the moment.
Suryakumar Yadav is also expected to make his return in this match. His batting can influence Mumbai in order to score a big total but he will be making his return to the game after a couple of months. Thus, you never know how the flamboyant batter will perform. The lower middle order is yet to prove and bowlers need to pull their socks. Big time! They have the template to beat Kolkata and that is probably the only positive they will be bringing into the game.
When it comes to Kolkata, the team looks pretty much settled. The form of certain players will definitely be under the scanner. Venkatesh Iyer was retained for 8 crores but he is yet to perform at his highest. The change in role can definitely be one factor but if Kolkata desires to be consistent, he along with Nitish Rana needs to perform well. The strength of the team is their unity and Captain Shreyas Iyer as well has done a very good job with the team. The bowling has been brilliant as well and it looks like the old Narine is back. Umesh express is also back on track and Kolkata who was looking a bit dull on paper looks really strong when they take the field.
Match: KOL vs. MUM, 14th Match, Indian T20 League 2022
Date: Wednesday, April 06, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
As usual, the team that will win the toss will look forward to bowl first. Dew will play a role in the second half of the match and pacers will get the swing as it’s an open ground at Pune.
KOL vs. MUM Squads
KOL: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer(c), Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Mohammad Nabi, Chamika Karunaratne, Baba Indrajith, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar, Rasikh Salam, Aman Hakim Khan, Ashok Sharma, Ramesh Kumar
MUM: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Anmolpreet Singh, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Riley Meredith, Ramandeep Singh, Mayank Markande, Aryan Juyal, Arjun Tendulkar, Hrithik Shokeen, Rahul Buddhi, Arshad Khan, Dewald Brevis
KOL vs. MUM Probable Playing XIs
KOL: Ajinkya Rahane, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer(c), Sam Billings(WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
MUM: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Basil Thampi/Jaydev Unadkat
Based on their form, Kolkata looks like the favourites to win the match but their record against Mumbai is very, very poor. Not because of the history between these two sides but if Mumbai manages to bat well, they can get the job done at MCA.
Top Fantasy Picks
Andre Russell was all muscle in the previous match against Punjab. He changed the complexion of the match with a bat in his hand. Even he took wickets in the death over’s. He is a must in your fantasy team.
Ishan Kishan is in a very good form lately. He helped Mumbai in order to post a huge total and in a way he acts as the commander of the ship. For a team like Mumbai, he is a very, very important player.
Sunil Narine has changed his gaming style and has been dangerous ever since. He has been very economical in the first couple of matches and also can take wickets in regular intervals. He can also be very dangerous when it comes to batting.
Jasprit Bumrah is the go-to man of Captain Rohit Sharma and without any senior top class bowler in the side; Jasprit Bumrah is the main man of Mumbai’s bowling attack. He will take the necessary wickets but the player has failed massively in the first match of the tournament.
Risky Captaincy Choice
Shreyas Iyer can be a risky choice when it comes to appoint a captain. There are a lot of choices available in this match and not a lot of users will choose him ahead of stars like Rohit, Ishan, Russell, Umesh and others. Shreyas has the potential to score a lot of runs and if he does so, we are in for a treat.
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