Cricket Betting Tips and Fantasy Cricket Match Predictions: IPL 2020 - Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians - Match 5
The 5th match of the Indian Premier League 2020 will be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
There were a few evident chinks in the Mumbai Indians' armour in the opening fixture of the Indian Premier League 2020. That Hardik Pandya did not bowl despite the team needing the services of a sixth bowler is a big problem that Mumbai will face in the coming days.
If Pandya isn't bowling fit, it disrupts the balance of the side as Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma has always had the luxury of having six-seven bowling options with whom he can play around.
Trent Boult and James Pattinson were sensational with the new ball for MI and will continue to play that role.
However, both struggled a bit while bowling at the death and with Jasprit bumrah also looking off colour in the first match, that remains a problem for the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Kolkata, on the other hand, will try to get off their IPL 2020 campaign to a winning start. Shubman Gill will open the batting for them along with all-rounder Sunil Narine, with Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik in the middle order.
KKR's bowling will be led by Pat Cummins. Young Indian pacers Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti will feature alongside him. Despite the wickets not taking as much turn in the first few matches of IPL 2020, wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be a crucial player for KKR.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of MI would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with MI to win.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) - Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(c & wk), Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians (MI) - Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - Mumbai Indians
Who will win? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians), Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Most Sixes – Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians), Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Man of the Match – Hardik Pandya
Team Scores Batting first – Mumbai Indians 170+, Kolkata Knight Riders 160+
Match Handicap Mumbai Indians
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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