The 5th match of the Indian Premier League will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi and the match will get underway at 6:00 PM local time on September 23. Both teams are laced with some outstanding players in their squads and it would be foolish to pick a clear winner between the two. However, Mumbai, having already played a game on the ground have a definite advantage.
Moreover, apart from Eoin Morgan, who led England against Australia in the recently concluded ODI series, not many KKR players have played cricket of late. It won’t be easy for them to immediately get into their grooves. Just like Mumbai in their first game, they too will find it difficult to get used to the conditions.
Mumbai have a 19 – 6 win record against Kolkata in the 25 games they’ve played against each other. This gives a psychological advantage to Mumbai Indians.
Date- 23 sep 2020
Time- 19:30:00, GMT +5:30
Venue- Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Winner –Mumbai Indians
Toss could go either way but the team winning the toss should bowl first to get the best bowling conditions..
The weather at Abu Dhabi is expected to make the players sweat with temperatures touching 40 degree Celsius.
The match will be played on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Not a lot of cricket has been played on this ground of late but the 1st game of the Indian Premier League has showed that the pitches here will be good cricketing wickets with something in it for the batsmen and bowlers. Team winning the toss should opt to bowl first to extract the freshness of the wicket. Also, with around, batting second will be much easier. Team batting first must eye a target of 180+ to get their opposition under pressure.
Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing 11
Shubhman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C/wk), Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Patt Cummins/ Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai Indians Predicted Playing 11
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, SaurabhTiwari, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Dream 11 Team