Mumbai and Kolkata will lock horns at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai on May 9. This is the second time both teams are playing each other in the Indian T20 League 2022. When the two teams met each other last time, Pat Cummins scored the fastest half-century of the season and took the game away single-handedly. Since then, a lot has changed for both teams. The five-time winners have been eliminated from the playoff race with only two wins in 10 games. On the other hand, the Men In Purple and Gold have lost seven games and their chances of a top-four finish look incredibly bleak.
Mumbai:Â The team came back to winning ways against Rajasthan and Gujarat respectively. However, these wins count for little as they came after their elimination from the tournament. The team is looking to identify players for the next season. They have found spinners such as Kumar Kartikeya and Hrithik Shokeen as the future prospects. The latter missed out on the last game due to a tactical change. They would be looking to settle the scores against Kolkata. They could go with an unchanged playing XI.
Rohit Sharma:Â The skipper of the team returned to form with an explosive 28-ball 43 in the last game against Gujarat. He hasn’t been at his best with the bat this season. With playoffs qualification out of the equation, the right-hander would like to play a few big innings ahead of the international calendar.
Kumar Kartikeya:Â The mystery spinner has been the find for the team. He took two wickets in his debut game against Rajasthan but fell flat against Gujarat. He would be looking to put up another inspiring performance in the next game.
Probable XI:Â Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard, Tim David, Daniel Sams, Murugan Ashwin, Kumar Kartikeya, Jasprit Bumrah, Riley Meredith
Kolkata:Â The team is coming off a humiliating defeat against Lucknow in their last game. With that, their playoff qualification hopes have taken a nosedive thanks to their poor net run rate of (-0.304). They would need some incredible miracles to book their tickets for the knockouts. They can make one change in the playing XI. Aaron Finch, who is having a forgettable season, can be replaced by Pratham Singh.
Andre Russell:Â The Jamaican all-rounder returned to form with an explosive 45 off 19 balls. He has bowled well in some of the games. He could be the key for the team’s fortunes in the next game.
Sunil Narine: He has been the underrated performer for the team in the season. Even though he has picked too many wickets, he has established his control on the opposition’s scoring rate in this season. He could be an important player in the next game.
Probable XI: Pratham Singh, B Indrajith (wk), Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Shivam Mavi
Venue: D.Y Patil Stadium, Mumbai
Time:Â 07:30 PM IST
Live Telecast:Â Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
Pitch Report: The last game at the venue between Gujarat and Punjab saw bowlers getting help from the surface if they hit good line and lengths. Dew came in the second innings and Punjab chased down the required in just 16 overs as batting became easy. In the upcoming game, expect the teams choosing to bowl first after winning the toss.