Mumbai Indians surged to the top of the table after their resounding victory over Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians aced all the departments against the Knight Riders as they sent back the half the opposition side within ten overs. From there, the two-time champions did make a remarkable recovery; however, it was not enough to prevent Mumbai’s victory.
Mumbai Indians will square off against Kings XI Punjab for the second time in IPL 2020. Mumbai Indians, who are ahead in the head to head battle against KXIP, have also beaten them once during IPL 2020. Hence, the defending champions will certainly draw confidence from the same and should start as overwhelming favourites.
We take a look at Mumbai Indians’ predicted XI ahead of their IPL 2020 game against Kings XI Punjab:
Rohit Sharma (c):
Rohit Sharma made almost a run-a-ball 35 against Kolkata Knight Riders while opening the batting. Rohit Sharma’s 36-ball 35 contained five fours and a solitary six that helped Mumbai Indians build a solid foundation in the form of a 94-run opening stand.
Quinton De Kock (wk):
Quinton De Kock has discovered his form and mustered convincing scores in the last few games. Quinton De Kock’s unbeaten 77 off 43 deliveries earned him the man of the match, having shown an aggressive intent from the outset. The keeper-batsman did drop a catch off Pat Cummins’ bat; however, did not give any chance to the bowlers to take his wicket.
Suryakumar Yadav has had a massive impact with the bat for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. With two fifties so far, Suryakumar Yadav has become a bedrock of their middle-order; however, he could not do the same against the Knight Riders. The right-handed batsman scored a run-a-ball ten before losing his scalp to Varun Chakravarthy.
Ishan Kishan did not get to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders as Mumbai Indians preferred sending Hardik Pandya ahead of him. Ishan Kishan has sparkled at his role in whatever opportunities he has got and Mumbai Indians are likely to persist with him.
Hardik Pandya batted freely against Kolkata Knight Riders and came at number four, finishing the match quickly for the Mumbai Indians. Hardik Pandya smashed 21 off 11 deliveries that comprised of 21 off 11 deliveries. Due to his quick-fire knock, Mumbai finished the game within 17 overs.
Kieron Pollard’s chance was not required to bat against Kolkata Knight Riders as the top-order batsman finished the match before his arrival. Nevertheless, Kieron Pollard is one of the most crucial cogs in the Mumbai Indians’ line-up, having the ability to turn the game from any position across facets.
Like Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya has also proved his mettle with the bat and ball. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, he delivered four overs and leaked only 23 runs as Mumbai Indians restricted their opposition to 148.
Rahul Chahar bowled brilliantly against the Kolkata Knight Riders as he dismissed Shubman Gill and Dinesh Karthik in back to back deliveries. Rahul Chahar was not only the most economical bowler but also the pick of the bowlers, finishing with figures of 4-0-18-2.
Trent Boult finished with figures of 4-0-32-1 against the Kolkata Knight Riders, picking up the opening wicket of Rahul Tripathi. Nevertheless, Trent Boult went for runs at the back end when Pat Cummins found his stride. At some stage, Mumbai Indians might rest Boult as they did to Pattinson in the last game.
Jasprit Bumrah hardly fails to impress and Friday’s game against Kolkata Knight Riders was again the same. Jasprit Bumrah picked the wicket of Andre Russell with a well-directed short-pitched delivery that Russell tried to duck. In all, he finished with figures of 4-0-22-1.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, who Mumbai Indians purchased for more than INR 8 crores, played the first match of IPL 2020 by replacing James Pattinson. Nathan Coulter-Nile did remove Nitish Rana; however, he went for 51 runs off his four overs, including 21 off the 20th over. However, Mumbai Indians will likely persist with him.