An explosive batting line-up, a deadly tempo assault and overwhelming head-to-head domination offers Mumbai Indians the sting towards Kolkata Knight Riders when the 2 former IPL winners face one another for the second time this season on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
KKR had confronted their bogey crew within the IPL 2020 opener in Abu Dhabi when Rohit Sharma‘s 54-ball 80 had guided the defending champions to a 49-run win. KKR since then, bounced again to win 4 out of their subsequent 5 video games to take a spot within the high half of the factors desk earlier than being crumbled by a heavy 82-run defeat towards Royal Challengers Bangalore. Heading into the large sport, the one side that may prevail is the uncertainty over Sunil Narine‘s return.
The T20 specialist was reported of suspect bowling motion throughout KKR’s win towards Kings XI Punjab final week. He later missed the sport towards RCB as a shocked KKR seemed for an “early decision” to the problem. In his absence, if KKR decide to, it’s going to solely be a bonus for the defending champions.
Mumbai Indians, then again, have been in a rampaging kind, successful all their final 4 video games to take the second spot within the factors desk, together with a victory within the top-of-the-table conflict towards Delhi Capitals final week.
Mumbai high and middle-order is in good kind – be it Quinton De Kock (191 runs) or Suryakumar Yadav (233 runs), who wish to proceed in the identical vein.
Ishan Kishan (186 runs) underlined his potential with a blistering 99 towards RCB, however the Jharkhand participant must convert his begins into huge scores to make his presence felt.
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene could be happy with the likes of Hardik Pandya and swashbuckling Kieron Pollard, who’ve been launching into the opposition assault with their big-hitting prowess together with Krunal Pandya.
Given the trio’s skills, they will rip aside the KKR assault, particularly one sans Narine.
On the bowling entrance too, Mumbai seems a settled unit with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah offering early breakthroughs. They’re complemented by Australian James Pattinson and the trio has accounted for 31 wickets.
Spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal shall be once more seeking to include the KKR batters.
In the meantime, the largest disadvantage for KKR is the inconsistent efficiency of their batsmen, significantly Andre Russell, who has simply managed a meagre 71 runs from seven video games.
There was speak of Russell being promoted up the order, however he continues to bat down and hasn’t finished justice to his skills.
Kolkata additionally possesses numerous batsmen who can take any assault to cleaners. It includes the younger and chic Shubman Gill, England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana and skipper Dinesh Karthik, however they haven’t received going barring the odd sport.
The administration could be hoping that come Friday, they hearth in unison to scale back strain on younger weapons Rahul Tripathi and Tom Banton.
KKR bowlers did nicely to vogue slim victories towards Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Tremendous Kings, however have been profligate towards RCB when Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishan leaked 38 and 42 runs respectively.
They’d wish to neglect the hammering and regain kind.
KKR may look to play Kuldeep Yadav, who was dropped after enjoying simply three video games, rather than a 3rd pacer.
He can come in useful together with thriller spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was economical within the sport towards RCB.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Chris Inexperienced, M Siddharth, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Match begins at 7:30pm (IST).
(with PTI inputs)