The final IPL 2019 league match will be a MI vs KKR clash as the latter vies for a playoffs position. The Mumbai Indians are under no pressure as they have already secured their berth. Now, their final league game, before the playoffs, kicks off at the Wankhede Stadium.
There have been a total of 24 MI vs KKR matches in IPL’s 12-year history. The Mumbai Indians have laid claim to an almighty 18 wins compared to the Knight Riders’ 6. However, the Kolkata team leads in the high score statistic with a 232-run score compared to 210. In the lowest score department, MI have 108 compared to KKR’s embarrassing 67. Coming to the IPL 2019 season, during the Kolkata Knight Riders home leg, the host won by 34 runs.
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Weather and pitch report
The Wankhede stadium pitch is known for being a high-scoring pitch. However, it has a tendency to turn square and since the match takes place at night, the dew factor comes into play. Also, since the Wankhede is a score-heavy pitch, the chasing team will have the advantage.
The temperature is expected to range between 28 and 29°C during the match. But the players will have to contend with extreme humidity. Dew will also play a crucial role as it becomes very difficult for the bowlers to grip the ball. No rain is in the forecast.
Prediction for match result
In all honesty, the edge goes to the Mumbai Indians owing to their home advantage in this MI vs KKR tie. Mumbai have already qualified for the playoffs, while KKR have an outside chance.
As mentioned before, MI have nothing to lose and Kolkata has a very very small chance. So, will Mumbai romp to a 4th IPL crown, or will other qualifiers put a damper to their machinations?