The 5th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be played between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar.
Mumbai Indians yet again began their campaign in the IPL with a defeat as they now lost first match of every edition played since the start of 2013. During the tournament opener against CSK, the MI team failed to seal their chances and lost by five wickets. They will now take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their 2nd match at the Abu Dhabbi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Interestingly, this match will be the first of the season for KKR that too after CSK played their second match earlier on Tuesday.
The pitch at this venue was pretty decent for batting during the tournament opener. We can expect yet another 160+ total and it to be chased down comfortably.
Average first innings score: 162 (In Dream11 IPL 2020 at this venue)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0, Tied – 0
Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (c)(wk), Andre Russell, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav.
Bench: Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton, Sandeep Warrior, Manimaran Siddharth, Lockie Ferguson, Ali Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench: Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Mitchell McClenaghan, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan.
Shubman Gill scored 296 runs in 13 innings during the 2020 IPL for KKR which came at an average of 32.88 with help of three fifties.
Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock was among the top three run-getters in the 2019 IPL where he scored a total of 529 runs across 16 matches with help of four fifties.
Jasprit Bumrah was the leading run-getter for the Mumbai Indians in the 2019 IPL where he bagged 19 wickets across 16 games.
Pat Cummins was bought for a huge amount by the Kolkata Knight Riders and is expected to pick a couple of wickets on Wednesday.
Mumbai Indians have quite a few players in the middle order who enjoy facing spin and they could be in comfort zone playing against Kolkata Knight Riders who will field with at least two specialist spinners.
Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to win this match.
Best Bet:A fifty score in the match @1.16 at 10Cric - 15 Units
Value Bet: Kolkata Knight Riders @1.95 to win at comeon! – 10 Units