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Kolkata’s star pacer, Pat Cummins is caught for a chat. Cummins says that Mumbai have a strong side but adds they have added players who have strengthened them. Adds they need to bowl well. Cummins says he is good and tells he had a month’s rest and he feels fresh. Cummins says he tries to help the team out wherever he can. Tells he learns a lot more from the guys in the team who have played a lot more on these surfaces.
Mumbai’s star South African, Quinton de Kock is caught for a chat. De Kock says that he has not done anything special. Tells he has been trying to make sure his rhythm is all good. De Kock says that he comes along if they need something. Tells their team has a lot of leaders and tells he looks to add any value wherever he can.
Mumbai (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK) (IN FOR CHRIS LYNN), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata (Unchanged Playing XI) – Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma, says that they would have fielded first as well. Rohit tells the couple of games they saw there was some dew. Tells the ball was turning against Bangalore despite of the dew. Rohit feels they were 20 runs short in the last game. Tells they have the bowling attack to defend targets. Rohit says he is not bothered losing the first game as they have gone onto win the championship which is important. Rohit tells they need to bat well and tells they made mistakes with the bat in the final 5 overs in their last game. Rohit informs Lynn misses out and de Kock comes back in the side.
Eoin Morgan, Kolkata skipper, says they would look to bowl first. Adds that they played aggressive and positive cricket in the last game. Mentions that he will look to improve his form against Mumbai. Further says that Shakib is playing his 50th Indian T20 League game. Informs they are unchanged from the last game.
TOSS – We are all in readiness for the spin of coin. Kolkata captain, Eoin Morgan is out in the middle with Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma. This is Kolkata’s designated home game so Morgan has the coin in hand. Up it goes. Rohit calls Heads but it comes down as Tails. KOLKATA OPT TO BOWL!
Pitch Report – Murali Kartik and Matthew Hayden are the pitch masters for the day. Murali Kartik says that the track being used in this game is the adjacent one to the one used in the last game. It is the black soil pitch and it will be interesting to see how it plays. Hayden says that the pitch looks very similar and tells it is very dry. Hayden thinks it will be very difficult in the middle overs and says that Powerplay will be crucial. Hayden says personally he would love to chase.
Hello and welcome to game 5 of this season and it sees two heavyweights collide against each other. Kolkata, after their opening game victory against Hyderabad would look to make it 2 out of 2 with a win over Mumbai. The defending champions continued their tradition of losing their first game of the season and now would be looking to get their first win of the season. Rohit Sharma and co. have a brilliant record against Kolkata and they will look to make it even better. Can Morgan and his troops get one over Mumbai or will the defending champions continue their dominance against Kolkata? A very intriguing contest awaits us. Stay tuned for toss and further updates.
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