With the successful conduct of the first half of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the tournament will see the clash of Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). The Match 31 of the season will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Both teams are performing fairly well. With seven matches played by both the teams, MI have won five, while KKR have won four.

Team Composition
With almost half the season gone, both teams have tried various combinations of players to prepare the best playing XI. Both are now fairly balanced and would include a new player only if any player in playing XI meets with an injury.

Current form
MI and KKR are almost at the helm of their performance. Both will play their eighth match against each other and as of now, MI stands second, while KKR rests fourth on the table.

Head-to-head
The teams have clashed 26 times, where MI have constantly dominated 20 times, while KKR was just able to win six times. In their first clash in this season, MI had won by a massive margin of 49 runs.

Weather and pitch report 
The weather will be on the higher side, around 33 degrees. The slow pitch often sees the winning team choosing to bat first. Any score above 160, with a couple of decent spells, will make the score competitive.

Predicted XI
MI:
Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Trent Boult.
KKR: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, and Pat Cummins.

Dream 11 players
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Nitish Rana- Gill and Rohit can get off to a good start, while Rana can play the big shots. Rohit’s reliable form makes him the captain.
All-rounders: Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell- Pollard, and Russell, the Windies all-rounder duo can strike the ball well and get the breakthroughs when required.
Wicketkeeper: Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik (vc)- Both the wicketkeeper-batsman can smash the ball well and can provide the thrust required in the end.
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Pat Cummins, and Varun Chakravarthy- The wristy spinners Chahar and Chakravarthy can spin the ball well, especially with the continuing good form. The pacers comprising Bumrah and Cummins can scalp wickets and can be economical on the slightly seam-friendly pitches in Abu Dhabi.

Players to look for
Hardik Pandya: Though Pandya has contributed with the bat when necessary, smashing big individual innings is still awaited by the fans.
Nitish Rana: The middle-order KKR batsman has quite highs and lows in the tournament. He has been a regular contributor with the bat, but a power-packed performance is awaited from his end.