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In-form KKR challenge Mumbai Indians at home

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Mumbai, April 8: Mumbai Indians would not want to read too much into their good track record against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after the latter's domiting display in their opening game when the two sides lock horns in a Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Wankhede Stadium here on Sunday.

KKR cantered to a 10-wicket win against Gujarat Lions on Friday night with Gautam Gambhir (76 not out) and Chris Lynn (93 not out) taking their rivals bowlers to the cleaners.

Chasing 184 to win, KKR reached the target with 31 balls to spare, underlining their title credentials from the word go.

Mumbai, on the other hand, failed to overcome the challenge from Rising Pune Supergiant in their opening game, losing by seven wickets as Pune skipper Steve Smith stamped his class with a brilliant unbeaten 84 to guide his team to victory.

In the head to head count, Mumbai clearly have the upper hand with 13 wins in 18 ties to KKR's five.

At the Wankhede, KKR have won just once, when they prevailed by 32 runs in 2012. Mumbai would be desperate to get back the services of Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga who took a hattrick in the second T20 against Bangladesh recently, his first in the shortest format of the game. IANS

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