Match 5 of the IPL (Indian Premier League) features a blockbuster clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.
The Knight Riders are finally in action this season, but they will be in the firing line right away against a formidable Mumbai Indians side who lost their first game in IPL 2020 against CSK.
Despite boasting a power-packed batting unit, Mumbai Indians failed to capitalise on a good start and succumbed to an Ambati Rayudu special last week. They will be looking to get back to winning ways in this fixture, although it will be easier said than done, especially against Dinesh Karthik and Co.
The defending champions, Mumbai Indians (MI), are usually slow starters in the IPL. Since 2013, they have won the title four times but never managed to win the opening game in any of the seasons since then. It went that way this year too as they lost their opening game of the season against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Both their bowling and their fielding looked quite rusty in the opening encounter.
Thus, they have got a few amends to make before they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the upcoming Dream11 IPL 2020 game. This will be the first game of the season for the men in ‘Purple and Gold’. They have got a formidable squad in place. It is about getting their act together and putting up a good show. Last year, both these sides won one game each in the league stages.
KKR vs MI Match 5 Weather Report
It will be yet another hot day in Abu Dhabi with the temperatures expected to be quite high combined with humidity levels that touch nearly 70 per cent.
The pitch at this venue is a sporting one. Teams should look to score some quick runs against the new ball. Dew might come into play and chasing could be preferred.
Average first innings score: 162 (Only game played in Dream11 IPL at this venue this season)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 0, Tied – 0
KKR vs MI Today’s Probable Playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
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.
KKR vs MI Top Picks for Today’s Dream11 Match:
Andre Russell mustered 222 runs in 8 innings in CPL 2020 at a strike rate of 141. He picked up 3 wickets in 5 innings.
Kieron Pollard was good in the CPL 2020 with 8 wickets and 207 runs. However, he missed out in the last IPL game having scored only 18 runs.
Rohit Sharma failed to score big in the last IPL game with only 12 runs under his belt. But he’s been in good form and scored 140 runs in 4 T20Is this year.
Quinton de Kock looked very good in the first game where he scored 33 off 20 balls. Should he convert his starts, he can put up a big total.
Eoin Morgan is the second-highest run-scorer for England this year in T20Is with 238 runs in 8 games at an average of 34.
Hardik Pandya might have scored only 14 runs in the last game but seems to be in fabulous touch. He’s been timing the ball brilliantly. He could chip in with the ball as well.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Quinton de Kock
Vice-Captain Options – Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Quinton de Kock
Batters – Rohit Sharma (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Hardik Pandya, Andre Russell (c), Nitish Rana
Bowlers – James Pattinson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batters – Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Eoin Morgan (c)
All-Rounders – Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya (vc), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana
Bowlers – Trent Boult, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Credits will be a massive constraint while picking this team. Thus, Sunil Narine has been omitted. He only picked 6 wickets in 5 matches in CPL 2020 while he scored 144 runs.
Today’s KKR vs MI Probable Winners:
Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to win this match.