The IPL 2020 season, the 13th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its fifth matchday on 23rd September when Rajasthan Royals will face Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians continue to lose their IPL campaign opener as CSK snatched a chasing victory in the inaugural IPL 2020 match on 19th September. While their veteran speedster, Lasith Malinga is absent this year, MI saw impressive economic bowling from Trent Boult and James Pattison in the last match.
Although the skipper was lacklustre in the opening, Quinton de Kock produced a swift score of 33, along with Saurabh Tiwari who smashed a 31-ball-45 last Saturday.
Full Squad: Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma (c), Rahul Chahar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock (wk), Digvijay Deshmukh, Ishan Kishan (wk), Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohsin Khan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Kieron Pollard, Prince Balwant Rai, Anukul Roy, Sherfane Rutherford, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders couldn’t make it into the playoffs last season, even though they were on equal points with SRH, who qualified based on NRR. Coached by former franchise icon Brendon Mccullum, KKR has Dinesh Karthik leading a star-studded lineup.
Coming off as CPL 2020 winner Sunil Narine the spin stalwart is now KKR’s first choice to open alongside Shubman Gill, joined by Karthik and Eoin Morgan. The swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell is once against set to produce fireworks in the UAE.
Men in Blue youngster Kuldeep Yadav joins Narine to make up the bowling squad, alongside speedsters Pat Cummins and Lockie Ferguson, even though the absence of veteran English pacer Harry Gurney is a setback.
Full Squad: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik (wk), Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth.
Waging odds: Kolkata Knight Riders (1.90) vs Mumbai Indians (1.80)
Kolkata Knight Riders are the underdogs and are priced at 1.90, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹190.
Mumbai Indians are priced at 1.80 and are the favourites. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹180 if they come out as winners.
Looking at the head to head of both franchises, MI has been dominant over KKR. They having been victorious in 19 our of their 25 bouts, while Kolkata has only registered 6 wins.
Often MI have been slow starters, who pick up the pace in the middle of the tournament. Tiwari, Pollard, Sharma and de Kock will be on batting duties once again, while Bumrah will join Boult and Pattison to keep the KKR batsmen in check.
On the other hand, KKR will aim for a top-four finish in the group stage this time and will try to secure early points. Their biggest plus point is the in-form Narine, along with their weapon of choice Russell. Yadav’s spin duties alongside Cummins and Ferguson will be there to restrict the opposition batting squad. Kolkata Knight Riders will edge out with a victory.