Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match prediction:
After four games that ended in close margins, the season moves back to Chennai, where the Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Mumbai Indians.
When it comes to match-ups, this is probably the most one-sided match-up in league history.
The Mumbai Indians have beat the Kolkata Knight Riders 21 times in a total of 27 games.
They won nine of their last ten fixtures against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and the fifth game may well be the first one-sided encounter of the contest.
Both sides are, however, coming off contrasting results.
The Mumbai Indians lost to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the season opener.
They failed to defend 160, as the game went down to the last ball.
However, the first match defeat is not new to them, though, as the Mumbai Indians have made it a habit to lose initially and claw back handsomely later.
The first match, though, had a few minute issues for the side.
The power-packed middle-order could not get going, but that could be marked down as an off day.
The same can be said about Trent Boult’s failure to pick up early wickets.
Throughout 2020, Trent Boult’s early wickets have been the reason for Mumbai’s dominance.
He broke the opponents upfront, and that led to the Mumbai Indians facing lower totals.
The fast bowler has set high standards for taking early wickets, and the time is very near for him to be back taking wickets upfront.
However, the two issues that may be pointed out are minor, but it also shows the standards set when a team’s performance is highlighted during a final ball defeat.
They had some excellent moments in the match as well.
After a season on the bench, Chris Lynn finally made his debut for the Mumbai Indians and scored a magnificent 49.
The second good performance came from the tall left-arm seamer Marco Jansen.
The tall bowler took two wickets, bowled some excellent overs, and was trusted with the final over on his IPL debut.
The Kolkata Knight Riders won their first game after batting their opposition out early on.
Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi led the way with beautiful half-centuries, while Dinesh Karthik gave a nice finishing kick later in the innings.
The uncapped Indian batsmen used their experience well to counter Chennai’s slow pitch.
The bowling looked good, with Shakib Al Hasan showing why he was preferred over Sunil Narine.
Shakib Al Hasan showed the options he provided his captain and made a remarkable IPL comeback for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Eoin Morgan’s captaincy has also looked good, and that could be the difference between today’s fixture and previous meetings between the two sides.
Both sides come with powerful middle-orders and good bowling attacks.
The Mumbai Indians attack is pace heavy, while the Kolkata Knight Riders depend on their spin and have a good pace attack.
Mumbai Indians Team News:
Quinton De Kock is out of quarantine and may come in for Chris Lynn despite Lynn’s 49 in the first game.
The bowling coach has also spoken about Kieron Pollard’s use as a sixth bowler, as Hardik Pandya’s workload is still being balanced.
While fielding in the first game, Hardik Pandya did have some discomfort with his shoulder, but the all-rounder is unlikely to miss the upcoming match.
- Quinton De Kock
- Rohit Sharma
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Ishan Kishan
- Kieron Pollard
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Marco Jansen
- Trent Boult
- Rahul Chahar
- Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News:
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Match Prediction
The Kolkata Knight Riders are unlikely to change their side after a nice win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
They may, however, find different uses for bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, who bowled just the solitary over in the first game.
Pat Cummins may also be used a bit more in the death after bowling in the middle-overs in their first game.
- Nitish Rana
- Shubman Gill
- Rahul Tripathi
- Andre Russel
- Eoin Morgan
- Dinesh Karthik
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Pat Cummins
- Harbhajan Singh
- Varun Chakravarthy
- Prasidh Krishna
Pitch and Weather:
Like the first two games, the Chennai surface may offer spin with the older ball.
Dew has played a minor role in the games so far, so chasing could be the preferred option for winning the toss.