The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium remains conducive for batting, more so in the second innings as teams have recorded 3 wins in the last 5 matches while chasing.
The scores have been around the 150-run mark of late, which implies that big scores are going to be a rarity at this venue in the remainder of the season with used surfaces now flattening out.
With 71.02% of the wickets, fast bowlers are expected to dominate over the spin bowlers who have taken 28.98% of the dismissals.
It will be a partly cloudy day in Navi Mumbai on Monday with the temperature at a high of 35°C in the afternoon. While the afternoon will have clear skies, the clouds will be seen in the sky during the match hours, and the humidity levels will be above 70%.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):
Matches played: 30
Mumbai won: 22
Kolkata won: 8
No result: -
Top 3 players from Mumbai: Daniel Sams, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan
Top 3 players from Kolkata: Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):
Top 5 players from Mumbai: Daniel Sams, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, R Sharma, Tim David
Top 5 players from Kolkata: Shreyas Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh
Q & A:
Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?
The contest No 56 of the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022 between two teams who are not expected to make it to the playoffs round, Mumbai and Kolkata, will however be expected to be an intense clash on Monday night. Mumbai have traditionally dominated the bilateral affairs with a whopping 22-8 record in 30 matches against the two-time winners Kolkata, who have been abysmal this season. These two teams have generally struggled in this year’s edition, but Monday night provides them with a chance to get 2 more vital points in their bag. For this game, having more batsmen and fast bowlers in the fantasy cricket XI will make sense.
Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?
Kolkata head into the clash on Monday night having lost 4 out of their last 5 matches including the most recent one, against Rajasthan on Saturday. On the other hand, after losing 8 matches on the trot since the start, Mumbai have posted two morale-boosting wins and will be confident going into the match against Kolkata. Mumbai may have been the worst side in terms of on-field performances, they have shown incredible promise with young players, something that Kolkata have not. But for the fantasy cricket playing XI, a right mix of players from both the camps is imperative.
MORE INFORMATION: One of Kolkata’s 4 wins from 11 matches this season came against Mumbai, which was their overall 8th in 30 matches. Kolkata have been atrocious in some aspects of the game this season and Monday night’s match will be a do-or-die contest for a side which is currently ranked 8th in the points table. On the other hand, Mumbai will continue to take it one step, one game at a time while they try to analyse their strengths and best playing combinations. Mumbai have two wins on the trot and with the likes of R Sharma and Ishan Kishan seemingly getting back to their best, they will feel as the favourites going into this game.
PLAYERS’ FORM: For Mumbai, it is important that their opening pair of R Sharma and Ishan Kishan continue to give their best in order to bounce back from a brief period of failure with the bat. At the same time, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Kieron Pollard and Tim David will also be expected to fire. Kolkata will be disappointed with the performances of Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch, while Shreyas Iyer and Nitish Rana have shouldered the responsibility of getting runs and holding the innings together. Andre Russell has been a force to be reckoned with, while Sunil Narine has been measly even though he has not taken as many wickets.