It is finally time for one of IPL's most loved franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, to open their campaign this season, as they get set for a stiff Mumbai Indians challenge at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians will have to quickly regroup themselves now, having lost their opening fixture against Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians are known to be slow starters but they definitely wouldn’t like to lose both their opening encounters. KKR vs MI My11Circle teams are going to be studded with T20's biggest stars ready to set the stadium on fire. We’ve seen some extraordinary cricket so far, and this contest too is expected to follow the same lines.
Match 5, IPL 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Wednesday 23 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
Kolkata Knight Riders look a pretty organised side and probably have a clear picture of their playing 11. They do have depth in their batting line-up but will come into the match with a fairly inexperienced bowling attack.
KKR Predicted XI
Dinesh Karthik (C & WK)
Mumbai Indians are more or less expected to come out with the same 11 that played their opening game, with Mitchell McClenaghan or Nathan Coulter-Nile probably coming in for James Pattinson.
MI Predicted XI
Rohit Sharma (C)
Q de Kock (WK)
Suryakumar Yadav/Ishan Kishan
James Pattinson/Mitchell McClenaghan
Let's look at the IPL 2020 KKR vs MI My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: Q de Kock
BAT: Rohit Sharma, Eoin Morgan, Saurabh Tiwary, Shubman Gill
ALL: Sunil Narine(C), Andre Russell(VC), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya
BLR: Jasprit Bumrah, Shivam Mavi
SUBS: Krunal Pandya(S4), Trent Boult(S3), Nitish Rana(S2), Kuldeep Yadav(S1)
In pursuit to make space for the long list of all-rounders, we could only pick one wicket-keeper today. Dinesh Karthik and Q de Kock were the two choices, and looking at their batting styles, Q de Kock becomes our choice. He will be batting up the order and is expected to get you quite a big bonus for boundaries. He scored a fluent 33 in the first game and showed signs of good form. He will be a big X-factor in KKR vs MI My11Circle teams.
We have gone with four batsmen, with Rohit Sharma leading the pack. Though the Hitman failed in the first game, we expect him to come good against an inexperienced KKR bowl ing line-up. Eoin Morgan will be batting in the middle overs expectedly and will play the anchor role in KKR's innings. Saurabh Tiwary was the star for Mumbai Indians in their first game, scoring 42 off 31 balls. He is likely to keep his place in the side and land a couple of big blows if not a big score. Shubman Gill's innings will be the definite game changer for Kolkata Knight Riders. He has the potential to score big, and if he does that, the match will be all KKR's.
The KKR vs MI My11Circle Prediction will heavily rely on the all-rounders from both sides. The two big guns, arguably two of the biggest guns in T20 cricket around the globe, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell will be showing their mettle today. Sunil Narine is also named as out Captain because he is expected to open the innings and get a few handy boundaries before unveiling his spin bowling web. Andre Russell will bat in the death overs, if there is no early batting collapse from KKR. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya will be the key for Mumbai Indians with both bat and ball in the middle overs. They are more or less expected to bowl at least 6 overs between them and add nearly 60-70 runs together.
There was space for only two bowlers in our KKR vs MI My11Circle Team, and one of them is an obvious pick. Jasprit Bumrah failed miserably in the first game against Chennai Super Kings and he will be desperate to set things right tonight. The second name is more of a gamble, which we are confident would pay off. He doesn’t have a very good record in the IPL but has been good in the recent domestic season and we expect him to continue his form in this season’s IPL.
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