An explosive batting line-up and a lethal-at-death bowling assault will give defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) a definitive edge over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) when the 2 groups conflict in an IPL sport at Sheikh Zayed Stadiu, Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Mumbai, defending IPL champions, is on a roll having gained its final 4 video games, whereas there are issues aplenty for KKR, who had been decimated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs of their final sport.
Mumbai Indians is thus unlikely to tinker with its enjoying XI.
For KKR, questions stay as as to whether its key spinner Sunil Narine, who has been as soon as reported for suspect bowling motion, will play or not. He had missed the sport in opposition to RCB whilst KKR hoped for an “early decision” to the problems surrounding his controversial motion.
Within the occasion of Narine lacking out once more, Mumbai will fancy its possibilities much more on the Sheikh Zayed stadium, the place skipper Rohit Sharma has scored each his half-centuries this season.
Sharma (216 runs), on his day, can pummel any assault to submission and significantly enjoys enjoying in opposition to Kolkata. When the 2 groups met final, Mumbai rode on his belligerent 80 to register a 49-run win.
Aside from Sharma, the Mumbai high and middle-order is in good kind be it Quinton De Kock (191 runs) or Suryakumar Yadav (233 runs), who want to proceed in the identical vein.
Ishan Kishan (186 runs) underlined his potential with a blistering 99 in opposition to RCB, however the Jharkhand participant must convert his begins into huge scores to make his presence felt.
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene could be happy with the likes of Hardik Pandya and swashbuckling Kieron Pollard, who’ve been launching into the opposition assault with their big-hitting prowess together with Krunal Pandya.
Given the trio’s talents, they’ll rip aside the KKR assault, particularly one sans Narine.
On the bowling entrance too, Mumbai appears to be like a settled unit with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah offering early breakthroughs. They’re complemented by Australian James Pattinson and the trio has accounted for 31 wickets.
Spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal can be once more trying to include the KKR batters.
In the meantime, the largest disadvantage for KKR is the inconsistent efficiency of their batsmen, significantly Andre Russell, who has simply managed a meagre 71 runs from seven video games.
There was discuss of Russell being promoted up the order, however he continues to bat down and hasn’t carried out justice to his talents.
Kolkata additionally possesses a variety of batsmen who can take any assault to cleaners. It includes the younger and stylish Shubman Gill, England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana and skipper Dinesh Karthik, however they haven’t obtained going barring the odd sport.
The administration could be hoping that come Friday, they hearth in unison to scale back strain on younger weapons Rahul Tripathi and Tom Banton.
KKR bowlers did effectively to vogue slender victories in opposition to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Tremendous Kings, however had been profligate in opposition to RCB when Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishan leaked 38 and 42 runs respectively.
They might wish to neglect the hammering and regain kind.
KKR might also look to play Kuldeep Yadav, who was dropped after enjoying simply three video games, rather than a 3rd pacer.
He can turn out to be useful together with thriller spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was economical within the sport in opposition to RCB.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain), Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrior, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Chris Inexperienced, M Siddharth, Sunil Narine, Nikhil Naik, Tom Banton.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattison, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.
Match begins at 7:30pm (IST).