Mumbai Indians opt to field; Robin Uthappa back for KKR's must-win match

Mumbai Indians opt to field; Robin Uthappa back for KKR's must-win match | Cricket | ESPNcricinfo.com Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, Kolkata April 28, 2019 Mumbai Indians opt to field; Robin Uthappa back for KKR's must-win match The Report by Sreshth Shah Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Hardik Pandya effects a run out © BCCI

Toss Mumbai Indians chose to bowl v Kolkata Knight Riders

Searching for Mumbai Indians' ninth straight win over Kolkata Knight Riders, Rohit Sharma opted to field first at Eden Gardens for the first match between the two sides in IPL 2019. Left-arm quick Barinder Sran came into the Mumbai side in place of the left-arm spinner Anukul Roy.

For Knight Riders, there were three changes from their loss at the hands Rajasthan Royals. Looking to avoid their seventh successive defeat in IPL 2019, Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik announced that Robin Uthappa and Harry Gurney would return to the side in place of Prithvi Raj Yarra and Carlos Brathwaite. Also coming into the Knight Riders XI for the first time this season was Sandeep Warrier, the right-arm fast bowler, in place of Prasidh Krishna.

Knight Riders have lost all their IPL games against Mumbai since 2015, and have a win percentage of only 21.73 against the three-time champions.

A Mumbai win will ensure they qualify for the playoffs - and give them a temporary spot at the top of the points table - while Knight Riders will be all but out of contention for the top four.

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Nitish Rana 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Rinku Singh, 8 Shubman Gill, 9 Piyush Chawla, 10 Harry Gurney, 11 Sandeep Warrier

Mumbai Indians: 1 Quinton de Kock (wk), 2 Rohit Sharma (capt), 3 Evin Lewis, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Krunal Pandya, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Kieron Pollard, 8 Barinder Sran, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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