MI vs KKR Dream11: It’s time for the match no.32 of IPL 2020. The in-form Mumbai Indians are set to take on a scratchy Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai once again, are looking a great and balanced side who do not lack options even in the bench. They have experienced openers who are known for their explosive hitting in international cricket. No bowling attack in the world would like to bowl to Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock in form. The ever-reliable trio of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya have fired whenever the team has needed them. The bowling led by Jasprit Bumrah looks balanced with a great blend of youth and experience. With a team of such high skills, MI are looking safe as they look to move one step closer to the playoffs.
KKR, on the other side, has had a mixed bag this season. Their strategies like playing 7 bowlers and giving young Indian players the opportunity have looked very interesting on occasions and that has given them success too. But they have been far from their best this season. The bowling lacks penetration and has been found wanting in different situations under pressure. In the absence of Sunil Narine in the last game, they found it difficult to counter someone of AB de Villiers’ calibre. Moreover, they have the poorest record among all teams against Mumbai Indians losing 20 and winning only 6 games so far. It will take a huge effort from them to cause an upset in this game.
Fixture name: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Competition: Indian Premier League 2020
Date: 16 October 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Ground: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Mumbai Indians 166/5 (19.4 overs) beat Delhi Capitals 162/4 (20 overs) by 5 wickets.
Mumbai Indians look like a well-oiled machine as they have often looked over the years. They have the luxury of extra batsmen and bowlers because of the presence of allrounders in their team. Hardik Pandya has been unable to bowl so far this season as he is returning from injury but the other allrounders have fulfilled his role. The presence of Rohit and de Kock can create a sense of fear in any bowling attack. But the biggest positive for them is the form of Suryakumar Yadav who is repaying the faith put on him by the management. Pollard has finished the innings whenever he has got opportunities. In the fast bowling too, Trent Boult has often picked up wickets with the new ball along with the surprise package James Pattinson. Bumrah has been their highest wicket-taker so far. MI doesn’t believe in chopping and changing their eleven as much and they believe in the formula of keeping the same eleven that can adapt itself to various conditions. This has brought them success over the years. No injury concerns mean MI would go with the same eleven as they often do.
KKR, on the other side, have been quite opposite of what MI has been this season. They have changed their side in almost every match. This shows they haven’t been able to get their combination right and are still looking at the right combination. They have tried shuffling their batting order but that hasn’t worked for them. They started with Narine in the opening position who lost his position with his poor form at the top. Rahul Tripathi impressed at the top but for some reasons, they tried Tom Banton in the last game, a move which failed. In the bowling, Pat Cummins hasn’t been at his best. He did pick up some big wickets with the new ball but his bowling at the death hasn’t been great to say the least. They can also bring in Lockie Ferguson in place of Tom Banton which could pave the way for Tripathi to open the innings again. But the biggest news for them will be the stepping down of Dinesh Karthik from the captaincy and handing over to Eoin Morgan. The statement says that Karthik wants to focus on his batting more. This means the England captain will now be the KKR captain. KKR will look to correct their awful record against MI and they need to do the most things right to upset the defending champions. There has been a question mark over the presence of Narine in this game as he has been reported for suspect action. There has been no response from the management on his presence for the match. There is also a case of extra spin option in the form of Kuldeep Yadav coming back into the team.
The weather forecast is clear and a full game of cricket is expected. As the tournament has progressed, the scores have got lesser and lesser. Any target above 170 will test the team batting second and if the wickets are kept in hand, the last five overs can yield heaps of runs. Mumbai played their last game at this ground and the won. So they will take that confidence forward. Watch out for Rohit who has a great record against KKR. Pollard can be a great pick against an inexperienced KKR bowling lineup in this MI vs KOL Dream11 team prediction.
MI vs KOL Dream11 Playing 11
MI Playing 11 (probable)
Rohit Sharma (C)
Quinton de Kock (wk)
KOL Playing 11 (probable)
Dinesh Karthik (wk)
Eoin Morgan (C)
Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Kuldeep Yadav
Rohit Sharma- The last match between these two teams was played at the same ground where Mumbai won the game comfortably. Rohit Sharma played a brilliant inning which included an array of pull shots against Pat Cummins and other KKR pacers. With his brilliant record against KKR, Rohit is expected to fire again at the top against an under-pressure bowling unit.
Kieron Pollard- The explosive batsman has been in very good touch ever since the start of the CPL. He has shown glimpses of his rich vein of form in IPL too. Against a lesser confident spin attack, Pollard has the ability to hit some sixes at the back end of Mumbai’s innings, especially when Knights are struggling to get their death bowling right.
Rahul Chahar- The legspinner has been the only specialist spinner for Mumbai in the eleven this season. Due to his inexperience, he was touted as the weak link in Mumbai’s bowling. But the way he has bowled and picked up wickets at crucial intervals this season is commendable. He is someone who can get those big wickets.
Shubman Gill- The young U-19 star is already seen as the future of Indian cricket. He has been mature enough to try to bat the most no. of overs this season and not just slog. His strike rate is on the lower side but his consistency at the top allows you to pick him in the MI vs KOL Dream11 Today Match Prediction.
Eoin Morgan- Captain Morgan will be extremely crucial to KKR’s chances in this game. MI has a strong bowling in the middle overs and has plenty of options. If Morgan gets going, he can destroy the line and lengths of Mumbai’s spinners with his sweeps and reverse sweeps. Now that he is the captain of KKR, he would be looking to play responsible cricket and leading his team from the front. He is good enough to pick up singles and doubles in the middle overs and can finish off an innings too.
Varun Chakravarthy- Varun has been exceptional so far for KKR this season. He is someone who is not easy to hit against. This has been proved in last few games where other bowlers have gone at more than 9 runs an over, he has been able to contain the run flow. Against a strong Mumbai middle order, his role becomes very important.
Suryakumar Yadav- Surya has been highly impressive this season. Batting at no.3, he has scored runs at 38 and a strike rate of 155. This is slowly turning out to be a breakthrough season for him. He has too many shots for one ball and plays the unorthodox shots really well. Having too many shots has also led to his downfall but he looks confident to take his side home from any position this season.
Andre Russell- Dre Russ hasn’t really fired for KKR this season which seems strange. But he has the ability to strike form any time. He just needs one good innings to get his touch back. We all know what kind of damage he can do with the willow but his ability with the ball is always underestimated. KKR will hope that Russell fires this time against one of the best attacks of IPL.
Jasprit Bumrah- Boom Boom started the tournament little slowly but after that, he has gained momentum and started picking up wickets. He is fourth on the list of highest wicket-takers this season. Now that he is back in rhythm, he can be expected to trouble the batsmen at the death with his Yorkers and slower balls.