Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Indian Premier League 2020, Match 5
Date & Time: 23 September, 2020 at 7:30PM IST
Abu Dhabi, UAE
After 3 days of entertaining cricket in Dubai and Sharjah, the IPL is back at Abu Dhabi to host the much-awaited clash between two titans of the league, Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. As it turns out, both these teams have had their pre-IPL camps in this city, and hence are well aware of the conditions that are on offer. Mumbai who lost the first match to CSK will be hoping to register their first win, whereas KKR will be hoping to have a positive start to their 2020 campaign. Both these sides have probably the strongest batting line-up among all 8 teams in the competition. But the lack of experience and quality in KKR seam bowling is expected to turn the advantage in favour of this well-balanced Mumbai line-up. So bet on MI to register their first win in IPL 2020.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Bet365: MI-1.80, KKR-2.00
Betway: MI-1.80, KKR-2.00
Mumbai Indians to win the match
Head to Head (overall)
Head to Head (in UAE)
KKR has a terrible head to head record against Mumbai, and hence DK and co. will be hoping to break the jinx come this Wednesday. MI and KKR will face off against each other in a venue that they made their ‘home away from home' in the last month. Both these teams were stationed in Abu Dhabi and hence have a proper understanding of the conditions, and that itself makes it up for an exciting encounter in place.
KKR have already announced their arrival in style by lighting up the Burj Khalifa in Purple and Gold. Now they would be hoping to announce their on-filed arrival in style by upsetting the defending champions this Wednesday. If coach McCullum’s words are to be believed they’ll be starting with Narine and Gill at the top. Young exciting English opener Tom Banton is most likely to warm the bench. They’ll be followed by Nitish Rana at three. Their new recruit Eoin Morgan pairs up with captain Dinesh Karthik and the dangerous Andre Russell to complete one of the most destructive middle-order you could ever get in a T20 team. World’s best Test bowler Pat Cummins will be in charge of the bowling unit, with either of Prasidh and Sandeep to assist him. India’s U-19 sensation Kamlesh Nagarkoti will be up for selection after 2 years of constant injury. He who tricked even the mighty Dre-Russ in practice match is most likely to be the third seamer, owing to his add-on all-round abilities. Much like the last couple of years, Kuldeep Yadhav will be their lone Indian spinner. With top-order heavily sealed up, Rahul Tripathi may find it difficult to find a place in the eleven. Rinku Singh is most likely to be slotted in at number seven as a floater to round up the eleven.
Mumbai on the other hand is not likely to make any changes to their line-up, despite the loss in the first match. With almost all batsmen stepping up to the occasion, no change is expected in that department. Any change if so any will be happening in the pace bowling department, where James Pattinson may be replaced with Nathan Coulter Nile to solve their death over problem that haunted them in the last match. But the chances of that too happening are quite less, considering only just one match has been played.
KKR Playing 11- Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier/Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav.
MI Playing11- Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Expert Free Tip:
The pitches in UAE are traditionally on the slower side, with the batting tending to get difficult as innings progress. The average first innings score in Abu Dhabi is around 146. But considering the line-ups of both the teams, it is expected to go up in this match. The captain who wins the toss is most likely to chase, owing to the past results in this competition.
Predicted first innings score:
If Mumbai Indians bats first: 160-170
If Kolkata Knight Riders bats first: 170-180
Players who are expected to perform well as per Dream11 Prediction.
MI- Quinton de Kock
He is one of the most consistent players in T20 cricket. Even though he failed to make a big score, he showed glimpses of his form in the last match. So for online cricket betting, bet on him to score the most number of runs in this match.
KKR- Shubman Gill
Promotion up the order is expected to do wonders for Gill and in turn to KKR in the long run. With the kind of class player that he is, this year looks to be his breakout year. So bet on him to top KKR’s batting charts.
Other Prominent options: Rohit Sharma, Surya Kumar Yadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana
MI- Rahul Chahar
Spin will play a very important role in Abu Dhabi and hence Rahul Chahar is expected to play a big role in this match. Leg-spinners against destructive batting is a proven success formula. With the likes of Morgan, DK, and Russell in the opposition, Rohit Sharma is expected to take this leggie gamble.
KKR- Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine is one bowler, who never disappoints you if you pick him in your fantasy teams. Such is his consistency in the shortest format of the game. Bet on him to take maximum wickets for KKR.
Other Prominent options: Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadhav, Trent Boult
MI- Hardik Pandya
KKR- Andre Russell
These two people need no introduction what so ever. If you feed them up with bad balls, it is better to look for the ball outside the stadium. Such is their brute power. Bet on any of these two to hit the maximum number of sixes. And never ever leave them out of your fantasy teams. It’ll cost you badly.
Player of the Match
Quinton De Kock
With an in-experienced bowling attack in the opposition, he is expected to take them on from ball one. Don’t be surprised if he ends up with a big score. He is our Player of the match prediction.
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