The final IPL 2019 league match will be a KKR vs MI clash at the Wankhede Stadium. The Mumbai Indians are under no pressure at all as they have already booked their place in the playoffs. However, the opposite is true for the Kolkata Knight Riders and a win will guarantee a place in the playoffs.
As mentioned before, a win would earn the Kolkata Knight Riders 2 extra points, taking their tally to 14. Victory would come at the expense of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Indians head into this KKR vs MI match with nothing to lose except for pride and a chance to topple the Chennai Super Kings.
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Weather and pitch report
The Wankhede stadium pitch is widely 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 as well. 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.
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’ rather meek 6. However, the Kolkata team leads in the high score statistic with a 232-run score compared to Mumbai’s 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 hosts thrashed Mumbai by 34 runs.
In the current KKR vs MI Dream 11 team, Quinton de Kock will be the pick of the bunch. In 13 matches, the South African had amassed 462 runs, with a high score of 81 at a strike rate of 133.52. De Kock has been in the form of his life and will be aiming to get some practice in before the World Cup 2019 kicks off later this month.
Three batsmen find themselves on this KKR vs MI Dream 11 team, two from the Mumbai Indians and one from the Kolkata Knight Riders. They are, Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gill respectively.
From 13 matches, Suryakumar Yadav has notched up 292 runs with a high score of 59 at a strike rate of 129.20. Teammate, and skipper, Rohit Sharma has appeared in 12 matches, racking up 331 runs with a high score of 67 at a strike rate of 131.87.
Finally, KKR’s Shubman Gill has picked up 287 runs from 13 matches with a high score of 76 at a strike rate of 129.27.
The KKR vs MI Dream 11 team also consists of three all-rounders, namely Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for Kolkata and Hardik Pandya for Mumbai.
Out of 11 appearances in IPL 2019, West Indian spinner, Sunil Narine are amassed 143 runs with a high score of 47 at a strike rate of 166.27. He also has 10 wickets under his belt at an economy of 7.78. Teammate Andre Russell has put up a mighty 510 runs from 13 matches at a strike rate of 205.64 and a high score of an unbeaten 80*. He has also picked up 11 wickets at an economy of 9.03.
Finally, Mumbai Indians’ Hardik Pandya has struck a grand total of 380 runs from 13 matches at a strike rate of 198.95 and a high score of 91. In addition to that, he also has 12 wickets at an economy of 9.69.
The ES KKR vs MI Dream 11 team consists of a quartet of bowlers, namely Sandeep Warrier and Piyush Chawla for the Knight Riders, and Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah for the Indians.
So far this season, Sandeep Warrier has only been deployed in two matches, but has picked up 2 wickets at an economy of 7.50. Meanwhile, teammate Piyush Chawla has amassed 10 wickets from 13 matches at an economy of 8.96.
Moving to the other side of the fence, Rahul Chahar has picked up 10 wickets from 10 matched at an economy of 7.05. His teammate, Jasprit Bumrah has amassed 15 wickets from 13 matches at an economy of 6.70.
Captain and vice captain
Leading the two sides are Rohit Sharma for the Mumbai Indians and Dinesh Karthik for the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, for the ES KKR vs MI Dream 11 team, Andre Russell has been chosen to lead while Hardik Pandya is the second in command.
The two have been chosen as they are in red hot form and they will be able to rack up lots of points for people who choose them.