Arnab: Alright, I think we have traded blows pretty well tonight and now it is up tothe two teams to fight it out in the middle.
Like XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Lynn, Gambhir, Uthappa, Manish Pandey/Ishank Jaggi, Yusuf Pathan, Narine, Suryakumar, Chawla, Umesh, Coulter-Nile, Boult
Baidurjo: Jasprit Bumrah has been really good in the middle overs and so has been McClenaghan. The Kiwi in fact will the man for Mumbai inthe Powerplays, as he has provided the early breakthrough on a consistent basis.
His presence will help MI plan for Chris Lynn.
Arnab: Robin Uthappa is another player who has been in good form for KKR and the men in purple will be hoping Manish Pandey gets fit for this match. The duo has been exceptional in the middle.
And add to that the power hitting of Yusuf Pathan, and KKR has enough gas in their tank.
Baidurjo: Spin is the answer to both these big hitters and as I said, Harbhajan must play in this match.
Arnab: You are forgetting names like Chris Lynn and surprise package Sunil Narine. They can take the match away from Mumbai, just like they did on the same venue against RCB.
Baidurjo: I have to agree that Gambhir has been really important for KKR but there is chink in his armour. His record while batting first isn't great at all this season, and he averages a below par 21 while batting first.
So Mumbai will look to put pressure on KKR's captain if they win the toss.
Also, he has been dismissed on four occasions by former India teammate Harbhajan Singh, although it needs to be seen whether Mumbai play the veteran or not.
Harbhajan has been extremely economical this season and his tally in Mumbai's victories is simply amazing. No reason why he should be benched for this match.
Arnab: If you have a man like Gautam Gambhir leading from the front with the bat, I don't think any team can be put under pressure.
With 3023 runs in the IPL as captain, he leads the pack amongst the highest run scoring skippers in the league, even ahead of Virat Kohli.
He is equally good against pace and spin, and has scored the second most number of boundaries this season.
Also Gambhir averages 74 in matches won by KKR this season. So, it's quite obvious that if KKR needs to win, Gambhir needs to do well.
Baidurjo: I think it will be KKR 's batting which will be the soft target for Mumbai. They have a tendency to fall apartif put under pressure. And with the likes of McClenaghan, Malinga and Bumrah in form, Mumbai will look to make early in roads.
Arnab: Also, Mumbai has changed their batting line-up on several occasions. As a result they don't have a settled batting line-up which might come back to haunt in an important knock out match.
Kolkata's bowling is one of the best this season, pacers and spinners they have all bases covered.
Arnab: KKR included Piyush Chawla in their playing xi in the last match and he responded by picking the all important wicket of David Warner.
Chawla looks like a certainty in this match too and his record against Rayudu is pretty 'Knightly' to say the least. Dismissed his thrice in 7 T20 matches.
Also Piyush Chawla overall T20 record against Mumbai Indians is very good - 18 wickets in 16 matches at an economy of 7.5 runs per over. Any captain would take that.
Baidurjo: You are forgetting the likes of Pollard and Simmons, both capable of taking the match away from the opposition with their power hitting skills.
Also Ambati Rayudu has announced himself with a great comeback from injury, although there will be a headache for the team management on whom to include in the playing xi, Rayudu or the impressive Nitish Rana.
Rayudu though has great record at Bengaluru - 305 runs in 9 innings with two half-centuries.
Arnab: I think you know that this has been Rohit's worst IPL season ever. He has never failed to score 300 runs in a season and his current tally of 283 is pretty disappointing.
He isn't a batsman high on confidence and when you have a man, read Sunil Narine, in the oppsoition attack who has dismissed you on 6 occasion in the past, then it could be a matter of worry.
In simple words Rohit Is Narine's bunny.
Baidurjo: Let's not forget Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain knows it is a big game and he will is due for big one tonight. Also with Champions Trophy in sight, Rohit would want a confidence booster under his belt.
Arnab: Don't worry, if the pacers don't get Parthiv, someone else will. He has been dismissed in T20s on three occasions by Yusuf Pathan, who can be useful on a sluggish Chinnaswamy track with his off-spinners.
Baidurjo: Parthiv Patel has been one of the best batsmen against pace bowling this season, He is in fact the fifth highest run getter against pace bowling this season with 269 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 146.2
Arnab: Kolkata Knight Riders have a battery of pacers this season who will be more than handful for Parthiv. KKR's troika of Coulter-Nile, Boult and Umesh Yadav will take care of the Mumbai batting.
Kolkata's pace attack in fact has been the best for any team this season. They have the best average of 23.8 for any pace attack this season. The KKR pacers have also picked up a wicket on every 17th delivery.
Baidurjo: I appreciate your efforts of looking for a positive amidst nothing. But that's the hallmark of a good debater. Mumbai's batting has been silently led at the top by Parthiv Patel.
The left hander is Mumbai's highest run-getter this season with 377 runs and has scored more than 30 runs inan innings on 8 occasions. That says a lot about his consistency and the platform he sets at the top of the order. He is also a prolific run-getter in the power play overs and is the second highest run-getter in PP this season.
He holds the key for Mumbai
Arnab: Yes, history doesn't favour KKR, but who cares for history in a knock-out. It is about that day and moment. And remember these two teams are facing each other for the first time in Bengaluru, and KKR know the conditions well having played the Eliminator at the same venue.
Baidurjo: A very goodevening to all, if there is one team Mumbai Indians would have wanted to face in this virtual semi-final, it is Kolkata Knight Riders. An overall head to head record of 10 wins and 5 losses from 15 matches in favour of Mumbai makes them the favourites
Hello and welcome to our live preview of the Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, my name is Arnab Sen, editor ar Cricketnext and I have with me our corespondent Baidurjo Bhose.
As always we will pick one team and try to build their case through data and historical numbers. So my team for the day is KKR while Baidurjo here will try be backing Mumbai Indians
Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old foes Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifer 2.
We at CricketNext will dissect the upcoming contest through our statistics based analysis where we discuss which team has greater chances of coming out on top.