MI vs KOL Dream11 Prediction: The most celebrated franchise in the history of IPL have again been on their marks this year as well. Mumbai Indians will look to continue their momentum in the second half of the season as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi today. Kolkata Knight Riders could be without one of their important players – Sunil Narine for rest of the season. We will preview MI vs KOL Dream11 contest.
Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals in top of the table clash comfortably last weekend. Bowling first, MI bowlers kept Delhi batsmen in check right from the beginning. Krunal Pandya took 2 scalps while Trent Boult had one. Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar bowled economically but couldn’t get success in the wicket columns. DC set a target of 162 runs in front of MI batsmen. In reply, MI lost Rohit Sharma very early but Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav made sure that they were up with the asking rate. Ishan Kishan gave the final push in the end as MI chased down the score with relative ease.
Kolkata Knight Riders are coming off from a very poor outing against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match. Bowling first, all the bowlers apart from Varun Chakravarthy proved very expansive. They had no answers to AB de Villiers onslaught in death overs as RCB piled 194 runs on the board. To chase down a total like that, KKR needed their star players to step up. But only resistance came from Shubman Gill as others failed to adjust on a slow surface. RCB spinners were the main destructors in the middle overs as they broke the back of KKR’s chase. KKR faced the defeat by a margin of 82 runs in the end.
In head-to-head comparisons, Mumbai Indians have remained a tough nut to crack for Kolkata Knight Riders over the years. MI have won 20 matches while KKR have managed wins on only 6 occasions. That has been the sign of a real dominance by one team. In last 5 games as well, MI have come out victorious in 4 matches. In the first meeting this year, Mumbai Indians beat KKR easily at the same venue.
Pitch and Conditions
Pitches have become much more conducive to spin-bowling in last week or so at almost all the venues. Abu Dhabi will be a real challenge for the batsmen from now on as boundary sizes are also quite significant here. 150-160 kind of scores can be real handful here on slow surfaces. There has been no dew in the second innings here and batting first after winning the toss should be a no-brainer call.
MI vs KOL Dream11 Teams Match Details
Fixture name: Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 32, IPL 2020
Mumbai Indians are likely to go unchanged from their last match against Delhi Capitals.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock both have been pretty good this year and have given good starts to MI on most occasions. Suryakumar Yadav has been excellent in the middle overs for them while Ishan Kishan had a couple of good outing so far.
Mumbai Indians are using their all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya according to the situations but the use of Kieron Pollard can be maximized given the form he is in currently.
In bowling department, three international fast-bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, James Pattinson and Trent Boult have well-defined roles and they have executed that perfectly till now. Rahul Chahar has given much needed control in the middle overs.
Uncertainty still remains around Sunil Narine as he is likely to be on the sidelines again today.
Tom Banton was given an opportunity at the top against RCB and he will get another one today as well. Shubman Gill has been their best batsman and will remain important cog in their wheels.
Nitish Rana needs to find his consistency this year while Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik have had good contributions on different occasions but both are still far away from their best. Andre Russell is yet to fire in this year’s IPL and team management would be hoping for that day eagerly. Rahul Tripathi will have to bat out of his position at number 7 if they continue with Tom Banton.
Pat Cummins has been economical but KKR need wickets from their strike-bowler. Prasidh Krishna has been brilliant while they may bring Shivam Mavi in place of Kamlesh Nagarkoti today. Varun Chakravarthy will continue to find his place in MI vs KOL Dream11 prediction.
KOL Playing 11 (Probable)
Shubman Gill Tom Banton Nitish Rana Eoin Morgan Dinesh Karthik Andre Russell Rahul Tripathi Pat Cummins Prasidh Krishna Varun Chakravarthy Shivam Mavi
MI vs KOL Dream 11 Prediction Today Cricket Match
WK: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Dinesh Karthik Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna
For Small Leagues
Rohit Sharma still remains a favorable pick at this venue. Given that he likes pace on ball early, he is likely to get plenty of that today. In the first match against KKR this year, he hit a magnificent 80 at the same ground.
Suryakumar Yadav has been very close to an India call-up for last couple of years now. He is a kind of player who goes under the radar with bigger names around him. But he has started making his own identity in Mumbai Indians middle order. He is Mumbai’s highest scorer so far with 233 runs from 7 innings.
Andre Russell should still be the pick from Kolkata Knight Riders because of one simple reason: his two-dimensional abilities. He hasn’t done anything with the bat but has still earned 265 fantasy points on Dream11. He is bowling the hard overs for KKR and he should end up with some guaranteed points with the ball.
Only thing that is hurting the fantasy potential of Kieron Pollard is his game time. He is batting too low for MI given that he is hitting them nicely from the middle. Another addition this year to his game is that he has become regular 2-3 overs bowler in the absence of Hardik Pandya’s overs.
Shubman Gill is a good pick for the grand leagues today. He is the highest run-scorer for KKR with 254 runs at an average of 42.33 till now. Only area of improvement for him is his strike-rate once he gets set at the crease.
You can bet upon Dinesh Karthik as he enjoys some good match-ups against this Mumbai Indians bowling lineup. He is striking at close to 200 against Jasprit Bumrah and also has a reasonable record against Trent Boult during the death overs.
Who will win MI vs KOL Today Match Prediction?
As per our Today Match Prediction, Mumbai Indians are primed to win this encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders. MI are the most complete team in the league with all their bases covered. KKR are struggling with form and availability of couple of their star all-rounders and that may hurt their chances today against a strong Mumbai outfit.
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