The defending champions Mumbai Indians will take on two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday and will be looking to make a comeback. KKR, on the other hand, will have to forget their stellar performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore and put up a strong performance against the record champions of the IPL. Rohit Sharma and his team certainly have momentum who have won four matches on Trott, while KKR have lost and have won two each in the last four matches. That being said, both batsmen have some big shots in their batting and that could even prevent a full-speed bowling match. In addition to big names, KKR has also shown its effectiveness on its youth.
Suryakumar Yadav: He is one of the most reliable batsmen in the Mumbai Indians’ batting line-up. Not only that, whenever the Mumbai Indians have lost a wicket or two at the start of the innings, Suryakumar Yadav has played the role of anchor. He has scored 233 runs in seven innings at an average of 38.83 and a strike rate of 155.33. He will have another chance to bowl to KKR bowlers.
Trent Boult: Despite the declining pitch in the UAE, the New Zealand fast bowler is bowling beautifully after playing for the Delhi Indians. He is the highest wicket-taker jointly with Jaspreet Bumrah and has taken 11 wickets in seven matches. One of the things about his bowling is that he wants to improve the economy to 8.01, which is not bad but none of the best.
Quinton de Kock: In this year’s IPL, South Africa’s limited-overs captain was late to the party, but in the last three innings, he hit two fifties. He has scored 111 runs in seven matches so far, of which 133 are in the last three innings. De Kock’s form has eased some pressure on skipper Rohit Sharma’s shoulders and it is hoped that he will continue the same trend against KKR.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill: The young opener has scored 244 runs in seven innings at an average of 11.24 this season. At the end of the order he has provided the necessary solidarity to KKR, but at times he has not been able to pull the accelerator towards the end of the left. He hopes to improve against Mumbai Indians at a strike rate of 11.24. If he succeeds, it will be difficult for him to keep track of the opposition bowlers.
Ian Morgan: The England white ball captain is KKR’s second most successful batsman this season. But he is 26th in the runners’ lead. The responsibility of running KKR’s fragile middle board and guiding them to a competitive overall will once again fall on his shoulders.
Andre Russell: The all-rounder has had a quiet season batting so far, but with the tournament’s business coming to an end, KKR management and fans expected to see the same Russell, who won the Most Valuable Player award last season. Despite failing to bat, Russell has been the leading wicket-taker for KKR this season. He has taken six wickets in seven matches.