IPL 2020 Match 32 Preview: MI vs KKR - Mumbai look to go atop leaderboard against uncertain Kolkata
Mumbai Indians have won five matches out of seven and will have the opportunity of going to the top of the points table if they are successful in getting the better of KKR, whose strategy is a bit muddled at the moment.
Mumbai Indians on autopilot
At the halfway stage, defending champions Mumbai Indians' flight is on autopilot. Most of their players are firing and they do not need to do anything out of the ordinary as they try to win their match against Kolkata.
Their last match against Delhi Capitals was expected to be their toughest competition in the tournament but it did not prove to be so as the team registered a comfortable 5-wicket victory.
Delhi are currently sitting at the top of the points table but have played one match more than Mumbai and the defending champions will have an opportunity to go one up against DC if they manage to win this game.
MI's sensational pace trioka
Their pace bowling trioka of Trent Boult, James Pattinson and Jasprit Bumrah has been sensational for Mumbai. All three of them have not only kept the runs dry but have also picked up wickets. The good news for Mumbai is that Bumrah, who was not at his best at the start of the tournament, has gained some rhythm.
Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar are giving them four overs consistently and are keeping a lid on the run scoring. If Mumbai require a couple of overs from an all-rounder, given the fact that Hardik Pandya isn't bowling, Kieron Pollard has done that job decently well.
No dearth of big-hitters
With the bat as well, the opening combination of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock has done a great job with Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan to follow in the middle order. Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya may not have had the best of outings in the last couple of matches but the opposition will realise the firepower that Mumbai have and won't take any chances against them.
It remains to be seen whether or not mystery spinner Sunil Narine is available for selection, however, it does seem unlikely.
If that's the case, Kolkata Knight Riders have to pick between playing an extra batsman and an extra bowler. They decided to go with Tom Banton in the last match, who could not make a mark.
Ferguson a better option than Banton
In terms of balance, KKR will be better served to give tearaway Lockie Ferguson a go as they went into to the last game with just five bowling options, one of which was Andre Russell.
Rahul Tripathi is in good form and is more than capable of giving them a good start alongside Shubman Gill at the top of the order.
Match Analytics and Odds
The form of MI would suggest your cricket betting on this match should be with MI to win but KKR might just surprise you in this one......
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Mumbai Indians (MI): Quinton de Kock(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, James Pattinson, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
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