The fifth match of the tournament will be played between KKR and MI. The teams will clash with each other on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off on September 19 and has been providing thrilling matches to the spectators. The fifth match of the tournament will be held between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday.
KKR will be playing their first match of the season, unlike Mumbai. Both teams are equally competent and have the same experience of being in the pressure games. Both have been trophy lifters in IPL history.
Team squad: KKR has a perfect blend of batsmen, all-rounders, and bowlers. Besides, they will be playing with both their young and experienced players. MI, who lost their first match, will most likely continue with the same squad, which was perfectly balanced.
2019 IPL Journey: KKR, who were just a few Net-Run-Rate (NRR) short to qualify for the playoffs, will put out its whole energy this time. The match might see a close fight with MI, who are the defending champions of the tournament.
Head on: KKR and MI have had a head-on nearly 25 times, where MI won 19 times, while KKR have won nearly three times. For all reasons, MI would be bubbling with confidence when they take on KKR on Wednesday.
Weather and pitch report: With the summer season in Abu Dhabi, and with the opening match played at this stadium, the pitch will be slightly worn out, likely to assist the spinners.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Eoin Morgan, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana
Wicket Keeper: Dinesh Karthik
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav.
Players to look out for:
Shubman Gill: The 2019 U-19 World Cup vice-captain, who is most likely to open for KKR will be eyed closely by the officials.
Suryakumar Yadav: The middle-order batsmen will look to consolidate the middle order for MI and take them to victory.
Andre Russell: The powerful hitter can easily take off the pressure from KKR and has proven the same over time.
Kuldeep Yadav: The leftie spinner can deceive the batsmen with his wristy spin bowling
Last Updated 22, Sep 2020, 10:35 PM