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IPL 2018, KKR vs MI: 5 players to look forward to

ANALYST
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1.40K   //    09 May 2018, 16:43 IST

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After yesterday’s result, RR have some hope of making it to the playoffs. But more importantly, SRH and CSK look most certain to reach the playoffs without any worries. That leaves two spots for grabs and at least 5 teams who are looking at a chance to make it to the playoffs.

Today’s clash sees a resurgent MI take on a side they enjoy playing against- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). In 22 games in the VIVO IPL, MI have won 17 times to Kolkata’s 5. That’s some confidence to head into a do or die clash for MI.

KKR, on the other hand, would want to not think too much about the history and statistics and stay focused on executing their plans to the best of their abilities.

In what promises to be a mouth-watering clash between KKR and MI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, here’s looking at 5 players to look forward to:


Suryakumar Yadav

A batsman who has grown in confidence and stature, Suryakumar Yadav has been the core of MI’s batting this season. Having come in to this IPL with a fantastic Ranji trophy season, he has made it count where it matters.

He was impressive in the middle-order for KKR in previous seasons of the IPL, but he rightly got the opening position for MI and he has delivered. Consistent performances has been the highlight of Suryakumar's IPL this year , he ensures MI get off to flying starts always.

The dashing Mumbaikar is fourth in the list of highest run getters in IPL 2018. He has amassed 399 runs in 10 matches with an impressive strike rate of 132.12 and average of 39.90. The best part about his batting is how beautifully he paces his innings.

With 4 matches left where MI would have to win all of them to make it to the playoffs, they will surely hope Suryakumar can continue with his good form and propel Mumbai Indians to success. With Rohit Sharma having a below par IPL with the bat, this youngster has put up his hand and become MI's most bankable batsman this season.

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