The 5th game of the season will see the defending champions locking horns against the Kolkata Knight Riders. After many setbacks and postponements, the greatest T20 league in the world is successfully up and running. The excitement level in the IPL has not died down even a notch even when playing in front of empty stands. In the few games, we have witnessed tense finishes including a tied game between KXIP and DC. We will make a preview of what can be in store for us in the KKR and MI game along with its Dream 11 match predictions.
The Dinesh Karthik led KKR will look to start on a winning note and will want to improve on their last year’s performance. They missed out on a playoff spot to SRH just by a thin margin due to the run rate. KKR has made some great purchases by bringing in 2 of the world’s finest players Eoin Morgan and Pat Cummins. Their addition will give stability and experience to the overall setup and not entirely dependent on Andre Russell. They can now bank upon both youth and experience.
MI will play their second match of the season and will want to come back to winning ways after a disappointing loss against CSK. They will want their players especially the batsman to come good. MI looked like bossing the game for a major portion of the match both while batting and bowling but ended up giving their advantage. In the absence of experienced spinners, the onus will be on fast bowling trio to deliver especially Bumrah who had a poor first game.
Match Details for KKR vs MI
Match Date: September 23, 2020
Timings: 7:30 PM IST, 6 PM local time (02:00 AM GMT)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground, Abu Dhabi
What to expect – Ground and Pitch Conditions?
We can a pitch that is similar to the one we witnessed in the opening game between MI and CSK. It will be slow as the game progresses, but with little grass it might pacers early on. We can expect some amount of purchase to spinners as well. So overall KKR vs MI won’t be a high scoring game.
Mumbai Indians team are known to give players a long rope even if they suffer a loss, so there won’t be changes barring any injuries. KKR will have to decide on the batting position of Sunil Narine, whether he continues to open or not will be an interesting watch. They have arguably the strongest probable overseas quartrat.
Probable Playing XI
It will be a surprise if they make any changes to the playing XI. If at all they can bring Kishan in place of Saurabh Tiwary who was a shocking inclusion in the playing XI. But the latter was the top scorer for MI in the last.
Mumbai Indians Probable 11
Rohit Sharma(C), Quinton De Kock(WK), Surya Kumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders
With the 4 overseas players select themselves in the team, the interesting thing to watch is which young Indian players will feature in the playing XI. This season might be the first time we finally see the exciting Kamlesh Nagarkoti in action in IPL.
Kolkata Knight Riders Probable 11
Shubhman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eion Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Rinku Singh/Rahul Tripathy, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier/ Prasidh Krishna.
Dream 11 Top Fantasy Picks for Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Sunil Narine will be our top fantasy pick for this game. He is in good touch both with the bat and ball coming into the tournament with a good CPL to his name. Apart from him, the ever-reliable Andre Russell is our other top pick.
Jasprit Bumrah will look to come back stronger in this game, so from MI, he will be our top pick this game.
Dream 11 Match Prediction for Mumbai Indians(MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR).
MI are clearly dominant over KKR with a win loss record of 19-6. But this game is expected to be a lot closer than the head to head suggest.