MI vs KKR Live Score: Kolkata Knight Riders Win Toss, Choose to Bat Against Mumbai Indians | Cricket news
Playing XI for both teams
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (w), Andre Russell, Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Team news – Two changes for KKR! Shivam Mavi and Chris Green replace Tom Banton and Kamlesh Nagarkoti. MI has brought in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of James Pattinson.
Toss news – Kolkata Knight Riders new skipper Eoin Morgan wins the draw and opts to bat against the Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi
Launch report – “The side to my right is smaller. It’s a cool wicket, a bit of green grass. We’ve seen assistance for pacemakers. There’s not much turning here, so runners need to vary their pace,” said Danny Morrison and JP Duminy.
Players from both teams are in the middle, warming up before the crucial match.
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A reminder of the great development that took place today at Kolkata Knight Riders Camp. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik stepped down from his leadership roles and passed the baton on to England captain, 2019 ODI World Cup winner Eoin Morgan.
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Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of the 2020 IPL Match 32 between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.
An explosive batting lineup and a deadly bowling attack when killed will give the defending champions the Mumbai Indians a definite advantage over Kolkata Knight Riders when the two teams meet in an IPL game here on Friday.
The defending champions are on a roll having won their last four games, while KKR is in a lot of trouble, being decimated by the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 82 runs in their last game.
Therefore, it is unlikely that the Mumbai Indians will play their game XI.
For KKR, questions remain as to whether or not its key spinner Sunil Narine, who was once reported for a suspicious bowling action, will play. He had missed the game against RCB even as KKR hoped for an “early resolution” of the problems related to his controversial action.
In the event that Narine is lost again, Mumbai will enjoy his chances even more at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where skipper Rohit Sharma has marked his two half centuries this season.
Sharma (216 runs), in his day, can beat any attack to submission and particularly enjoys playing against Kolkata. When the two teams last met, Mumbai rode their belligerent 80 to record a 49-race victory.
Aside from Sharma, Mumbai upper and middle order is in good shape, be it Quinton De Kock (191 races) or Suryakumar Yadav (233 races), who would like to continue on the same vein.
Ishan Kishan (186 runs) underscored his potential with an overwhelming 99 against RCB, but the Jharkhand player needs to turn his starts into big scores to make his presence felt.
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene would be pleased with players such as Hardik Pandya and bully Kieron Pollard, who have charged into the opposition with their big-hitting prowess alongside Krunal Pandya.
Given the trio’s abilities, they can mangle the KKR attack, especially one without Narine.
On the bowling front too, Mumbai looks like a stable unit with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah providing early breakthroughs. They are complemented by Australian James Pattinson and the trio has represented 31 wickets.
Spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal will once again seek to contain the KKR hitters.
Meanwhile, KKR’s biggest drawback is the inconsistent performance of its hitters, particularly Andre Russell, who just hit a meager 71 runs in seven games.
There was talk that Russell was promoted in the order, but he continues to fight and has not done justice to his abilities.
Kolkata also has a string of hitters who can take any attack on the cleaners. It is made up of the young and elegant Shubman Gill, England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan, Nitish Rana and skipper Dinesh Karthik, but they have not started except in a match.
Management would be expecting that on Friday, they will shoot in unison to reduce the pressure on youngsters Rahul Tripathi and Tom Banton.
The KKR bowlers did well in creating narrow wins against Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, but were profligate against RCB when Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishan leaked 38 and 42 runs respectively.
They would like to forget the hammering and regain shape.
KKR may also look to play with Kuldeep Yadav, who was eliminated after playing just three games, rather than a third pacemaker.
He can be useful along with the mysterious spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who was inexpensive in the game against RCB.
Kolkata Knights 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 Krishnade Shivam Guerrero Warrior Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Chris Green, 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, Krunchell Pandlard , Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Prince Balwant Rai, Quinton De Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult.