After the first few games of this year’s Indian T20 season, one thing is very clear that you simply cannot underestimate any team in this year’s edition because of the firepower in their squads. Rajasthan won the last game over CSK quite convincingly after Sanju Samson’s carnage, Smith’s anchor innings, and Jofra Archer’s late flourish. Chennai tried exceedingly well but in the end, 216 was way too much for the Dad’s army. Dhoni blasted a little late as he sent Tom Curran for 3 monster hits in the stands.
But it’s MI vs KKR as the Kolkata Knight Riders finally get a game after having waited for so long. Mumbai Indians would be looking to call it even after having a disastrous opener as they lost to CSK. However, is it an advantage Mumbai this time around? Let’s check it out:
KKR vs MI Squads
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wk), Andre Russell, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, M Siddharth, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh
Mumbai Indians: Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Rohit Sharma (captain), Dhawal Kulkarni, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Mohsin Khan
KKR vs MI Venue
The 1st game of the season for Dinesh Karthik’s KKR will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at Abu Dhabi. This is the same venue where MI lost their previous match and also MI is yet to win a game in the UAE. KKR have won just 1 out of the 3 games they have played at this venue.
KKR vs MI Conditions
The pitch will be on the slower side and will help the spinners in the game and the team batting second will have an advantage. However, it is uncertain if and when will the dew factor come into play.
KKR vs MI Probable 11
KKR Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
MI Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary/Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile/James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
KKR vs MI Head to Head
KKR have been losing to MI for quite some time now and they would like to change that in today’s fixture. Mumbai have won 19 games against KKR while the latter side has only managed to prevail in 6.
KKR vs MI Top Fantasy Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Shubhman Gill, Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Keiron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav & Trent Boult
KKR vs MI Gameplay
Expecting KKR to win the toss and opting to bowl first. This could be Rohit Sharma’s game as he loves playing against KKR and we might see a big score from him today. Him & De Kock might not put a half-century stand today as de Kock can depart early. A total of 170-180 will be there to chase for KKR which will be chased by the Knight Riders quite comfortably with Gill, Morgan, Russell & DK to finish off things.
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