Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, 5th T20 Match Prediction 23 Sep 2020

Indian Premier League 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, 5th T20 Match Prediction


Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Kolkata Knight Riders

7.30 146/9 in 20.0
9.75 195/5 in 20.0

Mumbai Indians

7.30 146/9 in 20.0
9.75 195/5 in 20.0 Cricbettingbuzz
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bowl first
Cricbettingbuzz Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians cricket betting odds

KKR 2.05
MI 1.68

KKR vs MI Prediction

Manish Khorgade

Two times champion Kolkata Knight Riders will take on the defending champions Mumbai Indians.

  • MI has won 19 matches in a total of 25 matches played against KKR. MI has a 76% winning percentage.
  • MI lost their last match at Abu Dhabi against CSK, making it their 6th loss out of 6 matches in U.A.E.
  • For KKR, S Narine has the most number of wickets in U.A.E and Andre Russell won the MVP 2019.

Our prediction is KKR will register a handsome win against MI.

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Match Preview

Mumbai Indians would like to ponder over a few things after losing against CSK. Trembled middle order and sloppy fielding cost them the match. No batsman was able to capitalize the start they got. Star bowler Bumrah went for more than 10 an over. It was all a blunder for MI. Probably a bad day in the field for MI.

KKR playing their first game with a few big names will be eyeing for a brilliant start. They finished 5th in the points table last year. Overseas players like Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, and Pat Cummins make KKR look intimidating. KKR hasn't been successful against MI in history but would like to turn the tables this time around.

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Teams Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders

Missing the qualifiers by a narrow margin last year is a thorn for KKR. They let go of their premium players this auction but they filled those gaps with the likes of Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton, and Pat Cummins. Eoin Morgan with his astute cricketing mind and composure gives the team an unmatchable balance.

The opening slot is yet to be predicted with few names popping. Gill-Narine or Gill-Banton, either way, is dangerous. The middle-order is stronger than ever with T20 specialist Eoin Morgan in the side. N Rana and D Karthik contributed significantly with the bat last year. Rana scored 344 runs with a strike rate of 146.38 whereas Karthik scored 253 runs striking at 146.24. Russell will be handling the lower order with all the authority. 

In the bowling department, the standards were down last year. Well, the world's best bowler in the side now. Pat Cummins will be crucial for KKR along with the youngsters Shivam Mavi and K Nagerkotti. Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav will put their best foot forward this year. The pitches of UAE is readymade for the spinners. Sunil Narine will put a mark with both the ball and the bat. Although Kuldeep Yadav was shabby last year, he's got a point to prove now. The side looks solid in all departments but, has to deliver at the turning points. But, probably with Brendon Mccullum as the coach, the team's planning and performance will become dauntless.

KKR lacks an experienced finisher, exposing them in the death overs, otherwise a serious contender this season. The best performers for KKR in 2019 were A Russell with 510 Runs and 11 wickets and Sunil Narine with 12 wickets with an economy of 7.82.

Key players: Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, and Nitish Rana

Kolkata Knight Riders Actual Playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, SS Warrier, NS Naik, Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI

S Narine, Shubhman Gill, D Karthik(C/WK), N Rana, Eoin Morgan, A Russell, Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.

Mumbai Indians

Starting the IPL 2020 with a boundary, Rohit Sharma looked dangerous but fell trap to a legspinner early in the innings. He might shuffle the middle order looking at their performance against CSK. Quinton de Kock got a brilliant start and scored a quick 33 off 20 balls.

Surya Kumar Yadav was finding it hard to middle the ball in his run a ball innings. Kieron Pollard couldn't stay till the end. Saurabh Tiwari (42 of 31 balls) made the most of the chance given in the opening match vs CSK. Hardik Pandya (14 of 10 balls) tried to set the tempo by hitting 2 maximums, failed to carry it any longer. Rare failure for Bumrah, as he could scalp just one wicket at the expense of 41 runs in his 4 overs. James Pattinson was economical and also scored a few runs down the order. He is a player to watch for this season.

Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Bumrah and Pollard failing in their first match makes them more dangerous now. Well, veterans cant be kept down for long. They will be mindful of their fielding this time. Saurabh Tiwari was the highest scorer with his 42 runs whereas J Pattinson was the pick of the bowlers getting 1 wicket for 27 with an economy of 6.75.

Key Players: Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians Actual Playing XI:

James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, SS Tiwary, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, SA Yadav

Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing XI

Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwari, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, James Pattinson

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 30 0 mm. 4.75 k/h From: NNE 0%
03h 31 0 mm. 4.33 k/h From: E 0%
06h 34 0 mm. 2.9 k/h From: ESE 0%
09h 36 0 mm. 2.98 k/h From: NW 0%
12h 34 0 mm. 7.98 k/h From: NNW 0%
15h 32 0 mm. 6.08 k/h From: NE 13%
18h 32 0 mm. 4.19 k/h From: ENE 15%
21h 33 0 mm. 2.39 k/h From: E 0%

The big hot ground where the temperature will be around 26-28°C and the wind flowing 6km/hr will make a perfect ambience for the contest in the evening. There will be no cloud cover and 0% chances of precipitation.

Venue Details

The match is in Abu Dhabi. MI lost their first match here and KKR have beaten MI at this very ground previously. So, MI has to be wary of this ground.

Toss Prediction

Anything over 160 is a good total to play with. The pitch is known for odd bounce and doesn't stay the same throughout. 24 wins batting second out of 40 international T20s played suggest that chasing is easy.

So, win the toss and Bowl first.

Winning Prediction

The KKR side looks balanced and impactful with the new coach Brendon Mccullum. Both the teams are on equal terms but KKR got commendable spin options and few brilliant cricketing minds like Morgan and Cummins, which MI lacks. MI’s average performance in the last match and a poor record in U.A.E, especially in Abu Dhabi, bleak their chances. Surely the match is going to go down the wire.

Our prediction is KKR will register a handsome win against MI.

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