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IPL 2024 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians: Dream11 prediction, team, captain, vice-captain, toss, venue analysis

Table toppers Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their four-match winning streak against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. The latter are out of the tournament and will try to save their pride by winning their last two matches and reaching 12 points in the rankings.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ Phil Salt (L) and Sunil Narine run between the wickets during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match (AFP)

The Knight Riders, who were already outperforming the other teams thanks to the bloodbaths of Phil Salt and Sunil Narine, also restored the sting in their bowling, with Mitchell Starc and Varun Chakravarthy returning to their red-hot form. MI, on the other hand, will be banking on showdown performances from their batsman in their penultimate match of the season

KKR likely XI (batting first)

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Phil Salt, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Ramandeep Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Angkrish Raghuvanshi, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy

KKR likely XI (bowling first)

Phil Salt, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Ramandeep Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Mitchell Starc, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Vaibhav Arora

MI probably XI (if batting first)

Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Naman Dhir, Nehal Wadhera, Hardik Pandya (c), Tim David, Anshul Kamboj, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah

MI likely XI (bowling first)

Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Naman Dhir, Hardik Pandya (c), Tim David, Anshul Kamboj, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah, Nuwan Thosehara

Player statistics (KKR)

1. Sunil Narine

KKR’s lethal opener Sunil Narine has laid the cornerstone for the team’s many high-scoring totals this season. The all-rounder is known for his fearless batting style and has amassed 461 runs in 11 innings, with three half-centuries and a hundred to his name. The Caribbean has scored points this season with an impressive strike rate of 183.67.

2. Phil Salt

England batsman Phil Salt has become the second-highest run-scorer for the side with 429 runs from 11 matches at an average of 42.90 and a destructive strike-rate of 183.33. Salt, who has given the team many victories, has scored four fifties this season.

Players who can make the difference

1. Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy has emerged as the highest wicket-taker for the Knight Riders this season. The mystery spinner has scalped 16 wickets from 11 matches at an economy of 8.75. Varun played a crucial role in KKR’s win in their previous encounter against Lucknow Super Giants by picking three wickets for 30 runs.

2. Mitchell Starc

Australian speedster Mitchell Starc returned to form after recording an impressive four-wicket haul against MI this season. The left-hander has picked 12 wickets from 10 matches this season and will look to repeat his previous stint against MI on Saturday.

Player Statistics (MI)

1. Jasprit Bumrah

MI’s top bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been the most economical bowler of the season and a force to be reckoned with from the team side. Bumrah has picked 18 wickets from 12 matches at an excellent economy of 6.21.

2.Tilak Varma

Left-hander Tilak Varma has become the highest run-scorer for the Indians this season. Tilak has scored 384 runs from 12 matches at a strike rate of 147 and will be one of the players to watch out for against KKR.

Players who can make the difference

1. Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav scored a century in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad and will be looking to continue his run against KKR as well. The right-hander has scored 334 runs from nine matches at a strike rate of 176 and also has three fifties to his name.

2. TimDavid

Australian all-rounder Tim David may have looked patchy this season but can turn the tide in MI’s favor on his day. Despite scoring just 241 runs from 12 matches, the Aussie can post a handy finish in the rankings.

Head-to-head

While both teams have met 33 times, it is Mumbai Indians who have dominated the head-to-head encounter with 23 wins. However, table toppers KKR had the last laugh by winning their previous encounter this season.

Location data

The historic Eden Gardens has been a batting paradise this season with many high-scoring encounters. In the six matches played this season, four teams have won their runners-up match. Therefore, the teams that win the toss are likely to bowl first to limit the teams to an achievable total.

Match prediction

As table toppers KKR meet the five-time former champions, they will come in with loads of confidence with 3 wins on the trot. MI, on the other hand, have lost four of their last five meetings and are also out of the season. With KKR playing on their home turf, they will definitely come in as favorites to win the match.

Fantasy XI

Phil Salt (c), Sunil Narine (vc), Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Verma, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy, Mitchell Starc

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