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KOL vs MI Dream11 Key Players best picks: Russell to muscle, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya could be the dark horses

Defending champions Mumbai Indians would be in the action for the 2nd time in the tournament as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the 5th game of the IPL 2020. Mumbai Indians lost their opening game to Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets and they would now be eager to bounce back. Kolkata Knight Riders, meanwhile, would be eyeing a positive start by winning the first game of the campaign. Let's take a look at KOL vs MI Dream11 Key Players who could decide the outcome of the game.

Andre Russel

Is there a bigger T20 player than him in the world at the moment, Eh? The answer is a simple NO. Dre Russ does everything on the field including blasting sixes, taking wickets, and grabbing blinders on the boundary line. He would be the trump card for the Knight Riders and they would be banking heavily on their star player.

IPL Record: Matches – 64, Runs – 1400, Strike rate – 186.42, wickets – 55


Sunil Narine

Another star player for Kolkata Knight Riders who has played a vital role in two title triumphs of the franchise. Narine has transformed himself into an all-rounder who scores at a brisk pace at the top and Narine the bowlers needs no introduction. The pitch in Abu Dhabi would suit his bowling style and he would be threat to Mumbai Indians tonight.

IPL Record: Matches – 110, Runs – 771, Wickets -122, Economy Rate – 6.68


Quinton de Kock

The South African wicketkeeper-batsman has the ability to attack the bowlers from the word go. He can take the game away from the opposition in a matter of a few overs. His skills were full on display in the first game against CSK before his innings was cut short. Kock scored 33 runs off 20 deliveries before getting out. He would be hoping to convert his start in a big score tonight.

IPL Record: Matches – 51, Runs – 1489, Strike Rate – 131.89, Highest Score – 108


Rohit Sharma

Captain Marvel of Mumbai Indians is the most elegant batsman of the modern-day cricket. He has an underwhelming start to the IPL 2020 but he would be looking to make the amendments. We all are aware if the Hitman gets into groove then it is impossible to stop him. If you don't get him early then he often scores big. It is what exactly Sharma would be looking for.

IPL Record: Matches – 189, Runs – 4910, Strike Rate – 130.79, Highest Score – 109


X-Factors:

Kuldeep Yadav – The left-arm chinaman has a knack of picking up wickets in the middle-order. The long boundaries of Abu Dhabi would aid his bowling style.

Eoin Morgan – The English skipper would bring a much-needed solidity to KKR middle-order. He is a fluent batsman who can clears the boundary at will.

Nitish Rana – The Delhi all-rounder is the most under-rated player in the KKR side. He could bat, he could bowl, and most importantly he plays as a floater in the side.

Krunal Pandya – The elder Pandya is going to be a vital player for MI in this game. The left-handed player provides a massive balance to the side and the long boundaries in Abu-Dhabi could help him in his bowling.

Jasprit Bumrah – The best white-ball bowler in the game at the moment would be looking for a solid performance here. He would be crucial for Mumbai Indians with new ball and in the death as well.


KOL vs MI Dream11 Expected Playing 11:

KOL Playing 11 (Probable):

Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, and Prasidh Krishna.

MI Playing 11 (Probable):

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary/Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.


KOL vs MI Dream11 Today IPL Match Details:
Teams: Kolkata knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Match No- 05
Date: 23 September, Wednesday
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

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Number of teams : 6

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