The first few matches of IPL 2020 have been thrilling! We have seen a Super-Over already, the value of experience, and a number of very improved players. There have been some let-downs as well but it is far too soon to write anyone off.
This next match is going to be played between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Mumbai Indians. KKR is the last team to get started and will be playing its first match of the IPL. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, suffered a defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings in their first match.
Both these teams are very strong and have some truly brilliant talent. Can KKR get off the blocks in a flash or will the Mumbai Indians learn from their mistakes in the first match?
Date: 23rd September 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST.
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The toss is going to be very important. We saw the pitch become better for batting in the second inning and the dew made things even more difficult for the bowlers. Winning the toss and batting second is going to be a huge advantage.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
We all came into the IPL 2020 thinking it was going to be low-scoring contests on dust-bowls ideal for spinners. Well, the curators have done their job very well and been able to provide us with beautiful batting pitches on surfaces with bounce and grass on them.
The squares have enough number of pitches that this trend could continue for the first few weeks of the IPL before the surfaces start slowing up. Mumbai Indians played their first match on this same ground. The ball came on nicely to the bat and there was hardly any turn on offer. There was also a lot of dew that favors the side batting second.
KKR vs MI Head to Head Statistics: Mumbai and Kolkata have played 25 matches against each other so far with 19 Wins for MI and 6 wins for KKR. No match resulted in a tie but 1 match resulted in a no result. The latest encounter between the two teams was on May 5, 2019, at Mumbai when MI beat KKR by 9 wickets to clinch the home game.
Kolkata Knight Riders expected squad:
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Chris Green, Tom Banton, Nikhil Naik, Ali Khan
Mumbai Indians expected squad:
Rohit Sharma (c), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Ankul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Rahul Chahar, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, James Pattinson
IPL 2020, KKR vs MI match prediction:
We make our predictions after calculating each and every aspect of the match that is why we are the best tipper of IPL. The importance of the toss cannot be overstated in this contest. The dew factor is going to tilt things heavily in favor of the side chasing and so keep that in mind while you are placing your bets.
Overall, though, we think KKR has an excellent chance of pulling off a slight upset in this contest. It has the batting to be able to match the Mumbai Indians batting might. KKR’s bowling attack may benefit from some extra bounce on offer as well.
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