Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Friday, October 16th 2020
16:00 SA Time
IPL 2020: Match 32 – Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders Preview, Prediction, Probable Playing XI and Value bets.
Mumbai have been on a roll ever since that first loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). They did lose to RCB as well but they did well to drag the game into a Super Over. Since then, they’ve won four games in a row and are looking unstoppable. The top-order is firing with Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav getting runs consistently.
Meanwhile, the middle-order has been solid as well with Kieron Pollard, the Pandya brothers and Ishan Kishan getting the job done. As far as the bowling is concerned, the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and James Pattinson have been excellent. They have had good assistance from leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
On the other hand, Sunil Narine’s absence hampered KKR in the last game. Not only does he give the cushion with the ball, but the West Indian can be handy with the bat as well. The bowling looks thin without Narine as KKR opted to go with Tom Banton in the last game. The batting looks lethal on paper but has been pretty inconsistent. Shubman Gill has been the only consistent at the top.
With the tournament heading into the second half, KKR need to get a lot more consistent and the first thing they need to do is get past their nemesis, Mumbai, against whom they’ve won only six out of 26 games in the IPL.
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Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Tom Banton/Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Key Players to watch out for
Suryakumar Yadav: After an indifferent start to the tournament, Suryakumar Yadav has come into his own. He is batting beautifully and has scored back to back half-centuries. He is leading the run charts for Mumbai this season. The Mumbai-born has scored 233 and is striking at 155.33.
Eoin Morgan: The England white-ball captain has been slightly inconsistent this season. Morgan started with a string of good scores but has registered scores of 7. 24 and 8 (latest) in his last three innings. He is a quality player and his form in the middle might be the key for KKR in this game against MI.
Rohit Sharma: The MI skipper loves batting against KKR. No player has more runs against KKR than Rohit Sharma’s 904. He averages 47.57 against them and even scored 80 earlier in the season against Dinesh Karthik and his men. Thus, he could well be the one to watch out for once again.
Rohit Sharma to be MI’s top batsman at 2.25.
Jasprit Bumrah to be MI’s top bowler at 1.90.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill to be KKR’s top batsman at 3.00.
Pat Cummins to be KKR’s top bowler at 2.75.