After suffering a defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League opener on Saturday, Mumbai Indians will now face Kolkata Knight Riders at the same ground - Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma's side have a track record of losing their opening match, something which has happened every year since 2013. But, the players managed to turn up in later stages due to which they are the current and four-time champions of the IPL.
Kolkata, meanwhile, has a poor head-to-head record against Mumbai. The two teams have played 25 matches against each other, out of which 19 have been won by Mumbai.
Dinesh Karthik-led KKR has bolstered their lineup with the addition of England skipper Eoin Morgan, Australian pacer Pat Cummins, USA pacer Ali Khan, and Australian spinner Chris Green.
The side finished fifth in 2019 IPL and now it would be looking to go all the way.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(WK & C), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Siddhesh Lad, Sandeep Warrier, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Varun Chakravarthy, Manimaran Siddharth
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(C), Quinton de Kock(WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Chris Lynn, Aditya Tare, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Sherfane Rutherford, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai
Starting XI Prediction:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK & C), Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Dream XI:
Rohit Sharma (C), Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Krunal Pandya, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Pitch Report - What to expect?
From the previous match day, it is pretty obvious that whoever wins the toss will opt to bowl first as the pitch is favourable for seamers. The pitch is lot bigger than Sharjah's where we witnessed a total of 33 sixes from both teams. Today, it will be a lot lesser than that!
Toss - KKR win the toss, choose to field first
Once again Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians are put up with a task to bat first. We know how things ended in the opener at the same ground. Can MI reach a respectable total this match?
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(C & WK), Nikhil Naik, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata has won every single IPL opener since 2013, whereas, Mumbai has been on the losing end.
Two of KKR's last seven openers has been against MI. The Shah Rukh Khan-owned side have defeated MI by 41 runs (2014) and 7 wickets (2015) in the two opening games.
MI have won a record 19 games against KKR, no other team has won more matches against any opponent.
MI's Kieron Pollard has complete 150 appearances as a Blue!
The match begins!
Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma are at the crease. de Kock is on strike. Sandeep Warrier will open the attack for KKR.
Score after 5 overs - MI (48-1)
Despite losing Quinton de Kock early on, Mumbai Indians are looking steady. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav are making the most out of the powerplay.
KKR, on the other hand, introduced spin to turn the state of play.
Score after 10 overs - MI (94-1)
Both Yadav and Sharma are nearing their respective 50s. Saving wickets, and timely boundaries seems to be Mumbai's current play and it is working.
Score after 15 overs - MI (147-2)
Sharma is aiming for a century, and it looks near given his batting. Mumbai should keep hitting the boundaries and look for a 200-run finish with the likes of Pandya brothers and Pollard still at bay.
Score after 20 overs - MI (195-5), KKR need 196 to win
Mumbai put up a decent target which could have crossed 200 had the heavy-hitters scored more boundaries in the death overs.
Nevertheless, KKR will be up for a tough challenge to face Mumbai's attack which consists of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar and James Pattinson.
Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine are at the crease. Gill is on strike. Boult will open the attack for Mumbai Indians.
Score after 5 overs - KKR (25-2)
A very poor start from KKR. Two wickets down already, and very less boundaries. The required run-rate has skyrocketed and will continue to do so until Dinesh Karthik and Co start smashing.
Score after 10 overs - KKR (71-2)
KKR need to pick up the pace and match the required run-rate. The heavy hitters will a daunting task to reach that target.
MI, meanwhile, are enjoying their attacks with pacers who are containing KKR batsmen successfully.
Mumbai Indians win by 49 runs
Mumbai Indians have finally won an IPL match in United Arab Emirates. The Rohit Sharma-led side have lost on six previous occasions against five different teams (KKR, RCB, SRH, CSK, DD).
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, suffered a defeat in their first IPL match for the first time since 2013.
Sharma played a fast-paced inning of 80 runs before bowlers destroyed KKR's batting line up, confirming Mumbai Indians' win in the match.
"It was all about how we executed our plans today, we were in good positions and it was all about being ruthless. The wicket was good and dew was coming down. I back myself to play the pull shots and have practiced quite a bit. Pretty happy with the performance of my squad," said Sharma, who bagged the man of the match award.
Chasing a massive target of 196 runs, KKR got off to a poor start as both the openers Shubman Gill and Sunil Narine were dismissed within the first five overs. Trent Boult got hold of Gill (7) while Narine was caught behind off James Pattinson's delivery.
Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik then took the field and played cautiously and took the team over the 50-run mark. They formed a 46-run partnership before Karthik (30) was given LBW in the 11th over, bowled by Rahul Chahar. In the next over, Kieron Pollard dismissed Rana (24), putting KKR under immense pressure.
"I think we had areas to do well in bat and ball. I think it was a pretty rusty day to be honest, I don't want to get too analytical about it but it's ok the boys realise where they could have done better," said Karthik.
Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell then took the responsibility of the chase but Jasprit Bumrah was brought back into the attack and the pacer restricted batsmen from hitting big shots. KKR were playing at 82/4 after the completion of the 13th over.
The fall of the wickets did not stop as Bumrah removed both Russell and Morgan in the 16th over. In the Bumrah's next over, Pat Cummins came out furiously and struck four sixes to the pacer.
Although Bumrah conceded 27 runs in the over, it did not make much of a difference. Pattinson then dismissed Cummins (33) in the 19th over.
Chahar bowled the last over and Mumbai Indians easily registered a win in the match. Bumrah, Boult, Chahar, and Pattinson all picked up two wickets each in the match.
Earlier, put in to bat, Mumbai Indians had a worst possible start with opener Quinton de Kock back in the hut in the very second over.
Suryakumar then joined skipper Rohit and bludgeoned the KKR bowling attack. Suryakumar smashed six fours and one six in his 47 runs knock off 28 balls.
In the 11th over, Rohit and Suryakumar tried to steal a double but the 30-year-old batsman had to make his way back to the dugout after a mixup in the middle. The run-out came against the run of play.
Meanwhile, Rohit continued his brilliant batting and scored boundaries at regular intervals. Saurabh Tiwary and Rohit stitched a 49 run stand before Sunil Narine dismissed the left-handed batsman in the 16th over.
Two overs later, Shivam Mavi ended Rohit's blistering innings. He whacked six maximum in his knock of 80 runs and also registred his 200th six in the IPL. He is the second Indian to do so. CSK skipper MS Dhoni has 214 IPL sixes under his belt.
In the death overs, Hardik Pandya failed to leave a mark and got out hit-wicket. Kieron Pollard too didn't connect how he used to and Mumbai weren't able to get past 200 run-mark.
For KKR, Mavi took two while Narine and Andre Russell scalped one wicket each.