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Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians IPL Tips: Mumbai misery not complete

Andre Russell
Russell is a bet at 8/1

Ed Hawkins argues that the league leaders should be shorter for a win at Eden Gardens and finds an 8/1 top-bat pick...

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
Saturday 11 May, 15:00
TV: Live on Sky Sports

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians team news

With Phil Salt not involved for the play-offs do KKR give crease time to his probable replacement, Rahmanullah Gurbaz? It wouldn't be the worst idea in the world. Nitish Rana could also be in contention replacing Angkrish Raghuvanshi at No 3.

Possible XI: Gurbaz/Salt, Narine, Rana/Arora (subs), Shreyas, Venkatesh, Rinku, Russell, Ramandeep, Starc, Varun, Harshit

Mumbai could rest Jasprit Bumrah to keep him fit for the World Cup. Vishnu Vinod could get a game instead of Ishan Kishan in the opening role. Piyush Chawla or Shreyas Gopal are the bowlers to sub in for a batter.

Possible XI: Rohit, Vishnu, Yadav, Naman, Tilak/Chawla (subs), Hardik, David, Wadhera, Kamboj, Thushara, Madhwal

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians pitch report

Delhi could manage only 153 at Eden Gardens last time. But given KKR chased with 21 balls to spare it is hard to reckon there's been a major change in a surface which saw scores of 261, 222 and 223 in the previous three. We would prefer KKR to bat first given Mumbai's are conceding at 9.8 an over with the par line at overs 207.5.

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians match prediction

Mumbai have been consistently overrated in this IPL and despite them being the first side to be knocked out, nothing has changed. This is close to a choice affair with KKR as big as 1.9420/21.

Why Mumbai would suddenly start turning it on now is anyone's guess considering the most likely reason for their awful campaign is poor team spirit.

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians Exchange strategy

The Eden Gardens surface is flat and with Mumbai's batting their strongest suit and KKR conceding at an average of 9.2 an over, it is possible that we get bigger odds at the break on the hosts.

KKR to chase up to 230 is on the cards given the lack of Mumbai planning and spirit in the field.

Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians player predictions

Andre Russell's top-bat returns have been a disappointment with only one win so far. Still, his price is on the drift now to make up for it and 8/19.00 is worth an interest. We'd also be keen to back Nitish Rana if he's in the starting line-up from around 5/16.00. For Mumbai, Rohit Sharma has been boosted to 16/54.20.

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