Defending champions Mumbai Indians are in a rampaging kind this season, profitable 5 of their first seven video games to finish on the high of the desk on the midway mark of IPL 2020, and can look to consolidate their probabilities of making it to the playoffs with their constant present in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders of their return fixture on the identical venue, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, on Friday. Mumbai had received by 49 runs of their final assembly this season, courtesy a 54-ball 80 from skipper Rohit Sharma.
Head-to-head tie: There’s a motive why this battle is among the most lopsided rivalries in IPL historical past. Mumbai Indians have an amazing 20-6 win-loss report in opposition to the Knight Riders which incorporates 10 wins of their final 11 video games, their 10th being a medical 49-run victory in KKR’s IPL 2020 season opener in Abu Dhabi.
On the venue: Since that loss, KKR bounced again to win their subsequent two video games on the venue, taking their win-loss report to Three-Three in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai too had began off their IPL 2020 marketing campaign with a defeat, at this venue, however got here again strongly to win their subsequent 4 video games in Abu Dhabi. Total, this shall be their third H2H assembly on the venue, the primary having taken place again in IPL 2014, when KKR had emerged victoriously.
– Ought to KKR look to rejig their batting as soon as once more provided that Narine is almost definitely to overlook out this tie? Almost definitely. Tom Banton shall be retained as their opener, however KKR ought to function him alongside Rahul Tripathi who averages 36.four and has a strike charge of 140.5 as an opener, with 5 half-centuries, one in every of which got here for KKR this season. His mixed common drops to 15.9 for postions Three-Eight within the lineup with a strike charge of 129.9. This can provide KKR the prospect to drop their most constant batsman to No.Three or four given his higher strike charge in opposition to spinners.
– Bumrah has been Mumbai’s middle-over enforcer having picked 5 wickets through the part at an financial system charge of four.Eight and strike charge of 12 this season. And he holds the higher edge in opposition to three of KKR’s batters – Russell (40, runs, 30 balls, 2 dismissals), Nitish Rana (5 runs, 10 balls), and Eoin Morgan (eight runs, 12 balls, one dismissal). However not in opposition to Dinesh Karthik, who has scored 50 runs in 26 balls in opposition to Bumrah at a strike charge of 192.31 and 0 dismissal.
– Rohit Sharma has scored 904 runs in opposition to KKR, essentially the most by an IPL batsman in opposition to a single franchise. KKR can look to make use of Vatun Chakravarthy early given Rohit’s vulnerability to leg-spin. He averages 21.5 in opposition to the range, the least he has managed in IPL historical past, at a strike charge of 110.Three.