Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will face each other in the fifth match of the 13th season of IPL. With this match, the Kolkata team will start their campaign in the current season.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) will face off in the fifth match of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With this match, the Kolkata team will start their campaign in the current season, while Rohit Sharma, who suffered defeat in the first match, will be eager to return to the path of victory. This match in Abu Dhabi will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.

Mumbai has never won the first match since 2013. This time too, he was defeated by the previous runner-up Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first match. Mumbai will be in the process of returning to victory. At the same time, KKR will intend to start with the victory.

MI vs KKR: What do the figures say ..?

Talking about the IPL record, the team of Mumbai Indians has dominated Kolkata. There have been 25 matches (2008-2019) between the two (MI and KKR), out of which Mumbai won 19, while Kolkata has won only 6.

There is no shortage of big hitters in both teams

There is no shortage of big hitters in both teams. This is the third IPL of Shubman Gill, who specializes in the fun of hitting sixes around the field. At the same time, 'Hitman' Rohit Sharma is the emperor of limited-overs cricket and this battle between him and Shubman's bat skills will be worth watching.

Hardik Pandya and Russell match

T20 cricket, however, is not limited to just bat or technique skills. Damakham's role in this is important and in such a situation, it will be worth watching Hardik Pandya and Andre Russell. Pandya, who returned fit, has the power to face KKR's most expensive player Pat Cummins along with Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav.

Will Russell be sent in the upper order?

Russell is currently the most dangerous batsman in T20 cricket. Russell, who hit 52 sixes last season, criticized the team management for sending him down the batting order. This time, he has been promised to be dropped at number three, which is enough to stir the opposing teams.

KKR mentor David Hussey recently said, "If it helps us win the match then why not." If Russell comes in at number three and plays 60 balls, he can also score a double century. They can do anything. '

KKR has an English captain like Morgan

KKR has the best international limited-overs captain in the form of Eoin Morgan, who can advise Dinesh Karthik. On the other hand, Mumbai has an all-rounder like Nathan Kulpeter Nile. Despite a good start on Saturday, the Mumbai team could only manage 162 runs for nine wickets, so instead of Saurabh Tiwari, they can field Ishaan Kishan.

Jaspreet Bumrah to recover from bad form ..?

Jasprit Bumrah could not walk in the first match and he is not among those in bad form for much longer. Apart from spinners Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar and fast bowlers, Mumbai also has additional bowlers in the form of Pandya and Kieron Pollard.

The teams are as follows -

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Tom Benton, Sunil Naren, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Famous Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Shivam Mavi, Nikhil Nayak, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakraborty, and Siddhesh Lad.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Sherfen Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwari, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Suchit Roy, Nathan Culper Nile, Ishaan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare, James Pattinson.