In the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) the Mumbai Indians didn’t get the greatest start. The MS Dhoni lead Chennai Super Kings won the match by five wickets from the hands of Rohit Sharma’s team.
Although the Yellow Army was facing a bit of problem, MI just lost the match almost on the finish lines. Their next match on Wednesday at Sheik Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, against Dinesh Karthik’s Kolkata Knight Riders.
Records show that the Knight Riders always got dominated by the Mumbai Indians. KKR may, however, bear in mind that back in 2014, here at the same location, they defeated Mumbai Indians by 41 runs.
In general, MI have always struggled to perform well here in UAE and the Knights should take advantage of that. Dinesh Karthik and his men would be hopeful of a winning start to their 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) campaign.
No chances of rain before, during or after the match. The temperature will be hovering around 33 to 36 degree Celsius and humidity is expected to be around 62 percent.
The MI-CSK match saw a fair rivalry between both bat and ball on 19th September. Spinners will most probably again prove vital. Both the teams have got quality spinners.
And scoring runs in the powerplay is gonna be very important after seeing MI struggle against CSK to score runs after the first timeout. Teams will again be in the favour of batting 2nd with the dew factor in mind.
If we look at the all-time head to head battle, Mumbai Indians has always dominated the men in Purple and Gold. Mumbai has won 19 of 25 matches. So there is no doubt that Mumbai Indians is the favourite to win. Therefore we pick Mumbai Indians to pick up their 1st win of the season while KKR have to wait a bit long.
Probable Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.