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The home team has a poor head-to-head record against the opponent

The Indian Premier League tussle between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday promises to be another duel of nerves.


MI, which is enjoying a late upswing in its performance, kept its cool the other day to beat KKR on home turf.
It will be interesting to see whether the Rohit Sharma-led side maintains its momentum in the away fixture.
KKR was primarily done in by the fine all-round showby the colourful Hardik Pandya, who dazzled with bat and ball in the death overs.
Other than containing Hardik and his brother Krunal — who is equally effective with his batting and left-arm spin — the Dinesh Karthik-captained team must think about tackling Jasprit Bumrah.
The pacer with an unusual action has an enviable economy rate of less than seven and does the dual role of providing breakthroughs and stifling the rivals with precision.
Young spinner Mayank Markande and Kiwi pacer Mitchell McClenaghan are the other threats for KKR batsmen.

Run chase

The host needs to re-look at its run chase which let the side down against MI.
The health issue of Sunil Narine, who has emerged as a dependable attacking batsman up the order, forced Karthik to shuffle the batting order and face disappointment.
KKR, which has lost 17 of its 21 matches against MI, would be keen to see opener Chris Lynn ignore his sore shoulder and convert his brisk starts to bigger scores.
“I was probably a little bit nervous and apprehensive early on. Of late, I can bat with freedom,” said Lynn.
“There is tension out there in the middle because of the rivalry we have built over the years. They got the better of us in Mumbai and we would definitely be looking to get one back,” he added.
The form of Karthik, Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana should provide a lot of confidence to the Kolkata side.
In bowling, KKR’s over-dependence on its spin trio is well known.
Mitchell Johnson’s indifferent form and the lack of depth in pace department didn’t help matters. The fitness issue of young Shivam Mavi is a worrying factor too.
Top MI batsmen, including Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis and Ishan Kishan, will have their ploy ready to exploit KKR’s weaknesses.
Can KKR upset MI’s plans in the grudge encounter?
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary.

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