Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders will face the current defending champions in their next encounter on Friday. Both teams are in great form in the ongoing season of IPL 2020. Under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy, the Mumbai side plays like a complete team and currently they are the table-toppers. On the other hand, Knight Riders had a mix-up season thus far and they will go up next with their best playing 11 against the defending champions. Sunil Narine can come back to the side as Tom Banton could not prove himself in the previous match against RCB which resulted in their defeat a couple of days back. So, it seems to be an exciting rivalry between these two most successful sides when they clash for the second time in reverse order this season.
Date: 16th October 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Pitch and Conditions:
Abu Dhabi has been the slowest-scoring ground out of all the three in IPL 2020. The pitches here had a nice covering of grass to begin with but have become bare as the tournament has progressed. We can see the MI batsmen enjoy these conditions much more than the KKR batsmen.
Similarly, the kind of bowlers that MI has are also more likely to be able to adapt better to the lack of pace. Scores are only going to go down from here on in. We think anything around 170 could be match-winning.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. The advantage of batting first and setting a total is fast becoming clear now. The dew factor, which was the reason why teams were chasing in the first place, seems to be less important than the pitch slowing down. The team batting first should be seen as having a significant advantage.
Head to Head Stats:
Matches Played: 26, MI Won: 20, KKR Won: 6
MI Expected Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma(Captain), Quinton de Kock(Wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
KKR Expected Playing XI:
Dinesh Karthik(C/Wk), Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
MI vs KKR Match Prediction:
The Knight Riders will be strong opponents in this marquee encounter as they are in great form and they will be eager to take revenge for their first defeat earlier in the tournament. We make our predictions after calculating each and every aspect of the match that is why we are the best tipper of IPL. The table-toppers are without any doubt the favorites against the Knight riders, as they have a better-balanced team than their opponent. The Russel spark is yet to come in this IPL, but we will surely look upon the big names in both the teams as anyone can change the face of the game anytime. We heavily favour the Mumbai Indians in this match. For more and assured free IPL betting tips keep visiting our website throughout the IPL 2020.