IPL 2013 Match 53: Knight Riders Meet Their Perpetual Bashers Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians enjoy a very healthy winning rate over Kolkata Knight Riders. Although KKR are the defending champions and MI have failed in three attempts despite being one of the strongest side, although in the current edition KKR looks down and out while MI looks good to sail ahead at continue domination at home. Otherwise also they have a complete control over KKR with 9 wins in 11 matches.

IPL 2013: Fixture and Results

History
Mumbai Indians have dominated Kolkata Knight Riders with 9 wins. KKR has won 2 matches only winning one in 2010 and other in 2012.

Head-to-Head: MI 9, KKR 2
2008

    MI def KKR by 7 Wickets
    MI def KKR by 8 Wickets

2009

    MI def KKR by 92 runs
    MI def KKR by 9 Runs

2010

    MI def KKR by 7 wickets
    KKR def MI def by 9 wickets

2011

    MI def KKR by 5 wkts
    by 4 wickets, MOM: Munaf Patel

2012

    MI won by 27 runs, MOM: Rohit Sharma
    KKR won by 32 runs, MOM: Sunil Narine

2013

    MI won by 5 wkts, MOM: Dwayn Smith

2008 Performance
In 2008, MI won 7 and lost 7 too. KKR won 6 and lost 7.

2009 Performance
In 2009, MI won 5 and lost 8, with one match abandoned. KKR won only 3 and lost remaining.

2010 Performance
In 2010 they were extremely successful winning 11 and losing only 4. KKR with 7 wins and 7 losses could not reach knockout due to less NRR>

2011 Performance
MI won 9 and lost 5, while KKR won 8 and lost 6.

2012 Performance
MI reached the Eliminator winning 10 and losing 7. KKR won the tournament winning 12, losing 5 and 1 no result against Deccan Chargers.

2013 Performance
MI is at 3rd position with 3 wins and 3 losses in 6 matches, while defending champion KKR is in a state of bother having lost 7 of their 11 matches, winning only 4, and they must win all the remaining 5 matches now to avoid knockout.
MIs Fixture and Results in 2013
KKRs Fixture and Results in 2013

Overall Performance
Mumbai Indians have the best team record, after CSK with 50 Wins, 37 Losses, 1 NR against Rajasthan Royals in 2009. KKR on the other hand has 42 wins and lost 43 with 3 no results, one each against DD, CSK and DC.

Team Comparison
Mumbai Indians have been a better team than Kolkata Knight Riders in 2013 edition. They have crossed 200 runs mark once, although have been bowled out below 100 runs also once. Their middle order is strong, and even from lower order Harbhajan is providing good support. Karthik and Rohit Sharma in particular are shining, while Pollard and Rayudu are providing good helping hands at the death. Dwayn Smith has stopped the quick wicket fall on top.
MI Team Performance in 2013

KKR on the other hand is struggling. Morgan is the sole warrior in batting alongwith Narine in bowling, who is not that effective in this season. Their middle order is collapsing and although Yusuf Pathan has played a winning knock but Morgan needs more support to win the matches. Kallis has the ability but he is still struggling.
KKR Team Performance in 2013

Verdict
KKR has good bowlers for slow turners while MIs bowling was a concern. But the team that bowls out CSK below 100, for the first time in IPL history, cannot be considered weak on bowling anymore. A slow pitch would give KKR some hope but otherwise MI batsmen may not find it tough to deal with slowers of KKR bowlers and with KKR batsmen struggling for form, the match is for MI to continue their winning streak at home.

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