Playing Kolkata Knight Riders presents perfect opportunity for the Mumbai Indians to bounce back after the defeat off the last ball against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Having won 21 of the 27 completed matches, including nine in the last ten, the defending champions are without a doubt favourites to win the contest.
They are also bolstered by the return of their regular opener Quinton de Kock, who had to sit out of the tournament opener as he was serving a mandatory quarantine on arrival from South Africa.
MI's power-packed middle and lower batting unit comprising the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard among others batting are too good to fail as a whole twice in a row.
Containing them will be a big challenge for Kolkata Knight Riders who on Sunday scored a close but impressive win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But this Knight Riders team, playing under a World Champion captain showed in their opening-game win just how they will be playing this season. Their uncapped Indian players Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi are beaming with confidence after hitting half-centuries. With the ball, Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan provide variations and captain Morgan certainly showed in the first match his ability to use bowling options smartly.
All in all, the match promises a cracker of a game between two teams with different styles.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert (wicketkeeper), Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan (captain), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton De Kock (wicketkeeper), Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh.
KKR: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.
Rohit unbelievable against KKR: Harbhajan
"Rohit is unbelievable against KKR. Having said that, it takes one ball to get anyone out and we need to get him early. He scores against KKR every time, maybe this time he won't, and then we'll be able to put pressure on Mumbai."Harbhajan Singh, Kolkata Knight Riders
Problem of plenty a good problem to have: Zaheer
"It's a good headache to have. We are lucky and fortunate to have such a squad where people are waiting to grab those opportunities and pushing each other."Zaheer Khan, on choosing between Chris Lynn and de Kock as opener
Toss will be crucial: Chepauk remains one of the few IPL grounds that favours the side batting first
36 of the 59 IPL games played at Chepauk have been won by the team that has batted first.
Mumbai Indians: Q de Kock (wk), R Sharma (c), S Yadav, I Kishan, H Pandya, K Pollard, K Pandya, M Jansen, R Chahar, J Bumrah, T Boult
Kolkata Knight Riders: S Gill, N Rana, R Tripathi, E Morgan (c), D Karthik (wk), S Al Hasan, A Russell, P Cummins, H Singh, V Chakaravarthy, P Krishna
Looks a similar wicket to the one we played on the other night. We're not sure if dew will come in or not.Eoin Morgan says, after winning the toss
We would have fielded first as wel l.But in the first game against RCB, the ball was turning in the second innings even though there was dew, so that's a positive.Rohit Sharma
Match begins at 7.30
Rohit Sharma takes guard opposite Q de Kock. Harbhajan Singh to open bowling once again
WICKET! de Kock departs
Tripathi at Long-on runs in to complete a high catch
Quinton de Kock c Tripathi b Varun 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
End of a quiet over: MI 28-1 (4 overs)
Suryakumar Yadav* 15 (10) Rohit Sharma*10 (8)
Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0 Harbhajan Singh 2-0-17-0
Cummins to bowl final over of the powerplay
Rohit Sharma 16 (11) Suryakumar Yadav 17 (13)
Varun Chakravarthy 2-0-16-1 Shakib Al Hasan1-0-4-0
End of Powerplay: MI (42-1)
Suryakumar Yadav 22 (19) | Rohit Sharma 16 (11)
Pat Cummins 1-0-5-0 | Varun Chakravarthy 2-0-16-1
Rohit holds the IPL record for most runs (939) against a particular opponent (Knight Riders, in this case). If he gets 61 today, he will become the first man to hit 1000 runs against one opponent.
End of Over 8: MI (64-1)
16 runs from the over
Suryakumar Yadav 40 (27) | Rohit Sharma 20 (15)
Prasidh Krishna 1-0-16-0 | Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-10-0
8 runs per over from here: 160
Mumbai Indians look set for at least 190 with a kind of line up they have. Pollard, Ishan Kishan, and Pandya brothers all still to come in
SIX! It should be given a 12! SKY hits it high to bring up his 50
On the roof! front leg out of the way and he hits a 99-metre six on the leg side
Shakib tosses it up and Suryakumar falls for it. Gill makes the high catch look simple. End of a brilling knock
Suryakumar Yadav c Shubman Gill b Shakib Al Hasan 56 (36b 7x4 2x6) SR: 155.55
WICKET! Back-to back wickets for KKR and they are back in it
Short ball does the trick for Cumins. Kishan hits it straight to fine leg
Ishan Kishan c Prasidh Krishna b Cummins 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
End of Over 13: MI (94-3)
Varun bowls a great over. Hardik has scored just four of 10 balls he has faced
End of Over 14: MI (106-3)
12 runs from the over
Rohit Sharma 36 (27) | Hardik Pandya 9 (12)
Prasidh Krishna 2-0-28-0 | Varun Chakravarthy 3-0-19-1
WICKET! Hitman departs
120km/hr off cutter and Rohit Sharma chips it back onto the stumps
Rohit Sharma b Cummins 43 (32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 134.37
End of Over 16: MI (119-4)
Cummins finishes off a fine spell
Kieron Pollard4 (4) | Hardik Pandya 11 (15)
Pat Cummins 4-0-24-2 | Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-27-1
WICKET! Hardik's sorry stay at the middle comes to an end
Mid-off takes a simple catch and change of pace does it for Prasidh
Hardik Pandya c Russell b Prasidh Krishna 15 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23
WICKET! Pollard perishes!
Pollard looks to smash one outside off only to nick it back to Dinesh Karthik
Kieron Pollard c †Karthik b Russell 5 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.5
WICKET! What a way to bowl first over
Wide outside off and Jansen tries to clear the ropes
Marco Jansen c Cummins b Russell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Prasidh to continue
This has been a great comeback by KKR bowlers. 190 looked getable at one stage but Mumbai Indians might end up with less than 160
Bumrah departs the next ball after Krunal throws his wicket
Jasprit Bumrah c Shakib Al Hasan b Russell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Krunal Pandya c Prasidh Krishna b Russell 15 (9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 166.66
WICKET! Andre Russell has a fifer in 2 over spell
Star-studded Mumbai Indians fall like nine pins
Rahul Chahar c Shubman Gill b Russell 8 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 114.28
End of Over 4: KKR (28-0)
9 runs from the over
KKR need 125 from 96 balls
Shubman Gill 7 (6) | Nitish Rana 21 (18)
Jasprit Bumrah 1-0-9-0 | Trent Boult2-0-15-0
End of Over 7: KKR (50-0)
Nitish Rana 26 (24) | Shubman Gill 22 (18)
Krunal Pandya 2-0-9-0 | Marco Jansen 2-0-17-0
Can Pollard emulate what his fellow Caribbean did tonight? He is in to bowl 8th Over
Andre Russell took 15-5 in 2 overs in first innings
End of Over 8: KKR (62-0)
Shubman Gill 23 (19) | Nitish Rana 37 (29)
Kieron Pollard1-0-12-0 | Krunal Pandya 2-0-9-0
FOUR! SIX! WICKET!
Gill loses his wicket trying to go for a kill!
Shubman Gill c Pollard b Chahar 33 (24b 5x4 1x6) SR: 137.5
WICKET! Chahar picks up his 2nd wicket
BIG WICKET! Tripathi departs. Mumbai Indians crawling back in this game
Rahul Tripathi c †de Kock b Chahar 5 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100
WICKET! Morgan's poor form continues. Chahar picks up his third wicket
Eoin Morgan c Jansen b Chahar 7 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
End of Over 13: KKR (104-3)
KKR need 49 from 42
Nitish Rana 52 (42) | Shakib Al Hasan 0 (0)
Rahul Chahar3-0-22-3 | Jasprit Bumrah2-0-16-0
Almost a wicket off the first ball for Rohit Sharma
Shakib under edges it between keeper's legs for FOUR!
WICKET! Needless from Rana
There was absolutely no need to step out of the crease when required rate is under control
Nitish Rana st †de Kock b Chahar 57 (47b 6x4 2x6) SR: 121.27
WICKET! KKR having a panic attack here
Lofted straight to deep square!
Shakib Al Hasan c Yadav b KH Pandya 9 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100
KKR gift the match to Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (MI) rallied to pull off a 10-run win as profligate Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen threw away their wickets to make a mess of a modest 152-run target in an Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
After Andre Russell's five-wicket haul in just two overs (5/15) helped KKR bowl out a power-packed MI for 152 in 20 overs, KKR batsmen lost the plot despite getting off to a flying start.
At one stage, KKR were 104/2 and needed just 49 runs off 43 balls with a victory looking like a formality. A solid half-century by opener Nitish Rana (57 off 47), his second successive fifty in this IPL, had given KKR a perfect start. His 72-run opening stand with Shubman Gill (33) had pushed MI bowlers' backs to the wall.
However, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar tempted the top four KKR batsmen -- Rana, Gill, Rahul Tripathi and skipper Eoin Morgan -- into committing mistakes as they threw their wickets away in the process. Chahar's four-wicket haul (4/27) left KKR at 122/4 after 15 overs.
The game was still in KKR's grasp as they needed 31 off 30 balls. However, Shakib Al Hasan too wasted his wicket, getting caught in the deep off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.
Some tight bowling by MI bowlers then ensured that neither Russell nor Dinesh Karthik could free their arms. KKR needed 15 off the last over which proved to be too much against Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, who took two wickets in his final over.
Earlier, Mumbai too squandered a good start they got through Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma despite the loss of an early wicket and a less productive power-play stage.
Yadav (56 off 36 balls) decided to take on the KKR attack and began playing his shots after the spinners, who bowled five of the six power-play overs, had curtailed MI.
Yadav, who hit three fours in Harbhajan Singh's second over, smashed two sixes and seven fours as he looked to take MI to a strong total.
However, his dismissal off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over when MI were cruising at 86/1 triggered a collapse. MI soon lost Ishan Kishan who was dismissed by Pat Cummins in the 12th over, and a few overs later, the defending champions saw the back of skipper Rohit Sharma who struggled to get going against the spinners.
Rohit, who shared a 76-run second-wicket partnership with Yadav, made 43 off 32 balls.
The famed MI middle and lower-order batting, which features plenty of hard-hitters, failed to get going. Soon after Rohit's dismissal, MI lost the wickets of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard in the space of six balls. South African Marco Jansen's dismissal then left MI reeling at 126/7 after 18 overs.
Medium-pacer Russell hadn't bowled till the 17th over. But in his first over, the 18th of the innings, he got rid of Kieron Pollard (5) and Marco Jansen (0) and in the last over of the match, he sent back Krunal Pandya (15), Jasprit Bumrah (0) and Rahul Chahar (8) to return with dream figures of 5/15.