IPL 2020: Currently, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are the only team that have not played a single game yet in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The side will be looking for a massive win in their inaugural match that is to be played on 23rd September against Mumbai Indians (MI).
MI, who will be playing their second game of IPL 2020, would be looking to grab every winning tactic to forget the last defeat they faced against the Chennai Super King (CSK) in the initial match of IPL 2020. Despite being four times IPL winner, Rohit Sharma’s side lost to that of MS Dhoni’s who had missed on a few of veterans before the league started.
The match might be tough for KKR but under Dinesh Karthik, the side can make it possible as they have Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan Tom Banton, and many experienced lads. The predictions of TheSportsMag are with Mumbai Indians on behalf of Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, and a few of the veterans.
KKR: Predicted playing XI: Tom Banton, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (captain & wk), Rahul Tirphati, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Chris Green, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins
MI: Predicted playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Saurabh Tiwary, Chris Lynn, Quinton De Kock (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Ankul Roy, Lasith Malinga, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile
Venue: Sheikh Zayad Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Toss: 7:00 pm (IST)
Match: 7:30 pm (IST)
Analysis: MI, having Pandya and Pollard in the middle-overs can strengthen their side by adding some extra runs. The top-order batsman Chris Lynn, is known for his hard-hitting that might help them to give a tough challenge to their opponents. Also, the opening duo, Sharma and Saurabh, are nevertheless than anyone. The bowling combinationof Malinga, Boult, and the Nile can be deadly enough along with adding the all-rounding experience of Roy and Chahar.
Wheras, KKR, who have Gill and Banton known to be the smashers in the top-orders and Morgan along with Russell in the middle-overs, can give an upper hand to their oppositions. The deadly bowling of Cummins, Ferguson, and Yadav can spoil the combat.
IPL 2020: KKR vs MI, Match 5, Predicted playing XI and analysis for KKR and MI
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wk), Andre Russell, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, M Siddharth, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Mohsin Khan.