Indian Premier League, 7th match: Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders at Mumbai, Apr 9, 2017
Hello again. Knight Riders ended their innings on a high, but Mumbai Indians still need only 179, not 200. The Wankhede has always been a great chasing ground. Knight Riders, though, have a pretty potent bowling attack, with excellent seam and spin options. This should be a lot of fun to watch. Jos Buttler is opening again, and with him is Parthiv Patel. Trent Boult has the new ball.
Afsar: “Bumrah + Malinga + Mitch conceeded 126 runs, rest 51 runs are by spinners!!” — Indeed. And Knight Riders have Kuldeep and Narine and Yusuf Pathan.
The umpires stroll out. Mumbai take a different approach, absolutely stomping the lawn as they run out. Gambhir’s taking guard, and Malinga is measuring his run-up. No slips.
7.55pm Two of the four batsmen Harbhajan has dismissed most often in the IPL (four times) are Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey. The other two are Suresh Raina and Dwayne Smith. Both Pandey (6.00) and Gambhir (6.46) score at less than seven an over against Harbhajan.
An extension of that last stat: we might see an over from Malinga, an over from McCleneghan and then spin against Lynn in the Powerplay. Run-rate 4.90 against left-arm spin and 3.33 against right-arm spin in the Powerplays. He’s been dismissed thrice by left-arm spinners in the PP.
7.50pm Ten minutes from start and here’s something to chew on: Chris Lynn can be destructive against right-arm pace – he has scored at a run rate of 10.93 against them – but hasn’t been as good against other kinds of bowling – left-arm pace (7.93), left-arm spin (6.16) and right-arm spin (7.05).
7.47pm Since the start of the 2015 season, the last-five-overs run rate at the Wankhede is 11.59, the second-most of all IPL venues behind Brabourne Stadium (12.16).
Timothy: “I think it’s absolutely rubbish that they don’t play Shakib Al Hasan. Since Sunil Narine’s change in bowling action, he’s looked less threatening. He should’ve been replaced by Shakib.” —- Shakib’s also earned a rest, though – series in NZ, India and Sri Lanka leading up to the IPL.
7.40pm: Mumbai Indians XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma (c), Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah
Knight Riders XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult
And on the flip side: Uthappa v Harbhajan – 75 runs off 43 balls (SR of 174.4), 2 dismissals
Here’s speculation on why Chawla may have been dropped: Rohit Sharma v Chawla – 122 runs off 96 balls (SR of 127.08), 1 dismissal. That’s the most Rohit has against any bowler in the IPL.