Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians are going to compete against each other. The match is held at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The match will begin 7:30 pm (IST). Let’s have quick overview on their top picks.
As for as Mumbai Indians is considered they had lost their first match against Chennai Super Kings in a narrow line. The main reason for the loss is that the bowlers were not able to pick wickets in the crucial time. The batting lineup had some problems as there was no strong partnership in the team. Saurabh Tiwary played a wonderful innings last match.
Quinton de Kock also scored well in the powerplay overs. The middle players look to be weak. Despite players like Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, the middle order got cleared by the bowlers.
The bowlers are also doing average. The bowlers did well in the powerplay overs but missed to restrict the scoring during death overs. Jasprit Bumrah gave away lot of runs. Trent Boult did not pick wickets but he stopped the run scoring of opponents. A pressure Mumbai Indians as defending champions, to go through the season.
Kolkata Knight Riders Key Players:
Kolkata Knight Riders are going to start their season today. Dinesh Karthik has a huge responsibility to get the team into playoffs this year. They missed the playoffs last year. As for as the order is considered night Watchman Sunil Narine and young player Shubman Gill will be set for openers. They had auctioned Eoin Morgan this season, so we can expect him to be included in the lineup.
Left-hand batsman Nitish Rana will be in the third spot as he did well in the last season. They have their potential player Andre Russell who surprises everyone with his bat. Next comes the captain Dinesh Karthik who is experienced and capable of leading the team.
As for as the bowling is considered the is dependent on young players. Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi will be included in the team. They have potential to maintain their pace higher. They have also played under-19 world cup for India which gives them an exposure.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti missed the last season due to injury. This season is an opportunity for him.
The team has Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav in the squad. The off and leg-spin combo have never missed the place in the purple cup. The team is an equal balance of experienced and young players. It is up to Dinesh Karthik to use and lead the team to victory.