Over their twin defeats to start the season with, Mumbai’s bowling has been their achilles heel. The batting has posted 170-something in both their matches which weren’t huge totals but weren’t small either.
In the first game, they allowed their 177 chased easily by some sub-par bowling in the death overs. Then, they allowed Rajasthan Royals to amass 193 in their second game, with their batting failing to match – not that you can blame them.
Daniel Sams has gone wicketless in both the games and conceded a total of 89 runs. Kieron Pollard only bowled in one of those but it’d have been better had he not, as he leaked 46 in his four against Rajasthan.Tymal Mills has been decent but consistency has generally been amiss in their bowling unit.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have so far played three matches, with their sole defeat bookended by victories – one against CSK and the other against Punjab Kings.
The latter of their two wins was the more impressive one since it came against a new powerhouse of a team in Punjab Kings.
Another impressive feat is that in both their victories they have restricted their opponents to lowly totals of 131 and 137 – a clear sign that their bowlers are on top of their game.
The batters, though, are a different story. They took their time chasing CSK’s 131, and crumbled at a mere 128 against RCB. In the win over Punjab, they again did not have to do much as the target was a mere 138. Thus, the KKR batting has not truly been tested yet.