Separated by two points from leaders Delhi Capitals on the IPL 2020 points table, defending champions MI are in search of their fifth consecutive win to regain No 1. KKR remain in the top four courtesy two narrow wins but their negative net run rate is a worry heading towards the play-offs.
Three points behind MI, KKR need their big guns to fire.
Here’s a ready reckoner for today’s MI vs KKR IPL 2020 match for fantasy league players.
Fantasy Tips and Predictions
Sunil Narine’s situation remains unclear, which means that Tom Banton should keep his place in KKR’s team unless the management brings in fast bowler Lockie Ferguson for his first game. If Banton is benched, pick Rahul Tripathi as one of KKR’s openers. If Banton plays, make sure he’s in your fantasy team.
You want the top orders of both teams, plus allrounders like Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya. Kieron Pollard is another good option, if you can afford him as well.
Point to note: With pitches slowing down, get as many slow bowlers in your team as possible. Think Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy.
Best Fantasy Cricket Team
1 Quinton de Kock, 2 Tom Banton, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Shubman Gill, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 Nitish Rana, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Andre Russell, 9 Varun Chakravarthy, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Rohit Sharma smashed 80 the last time MI met KKR in the UAE to set up a 49-run win. He’s due a score again, and considering Rohit has 904 runs versus KKR – the record for any batsman against one IPL team – picking him as captain is a smart move.
Suryakumar Yadav has been consistent in getting starts, even though he only has two fifties, and stands as MI’s leading run-scorer in IPL 2020. He’s appeared solid batting at No 3, and with his ability to start fast and accelerate against spin and pace, Yadav offers an attractive fantasy pick.
MI probable 11: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Trent Boult, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
KKR probable 11: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Dinesh Karthik (capt, wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Lockie Ferguson, 9 Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Prasidh Krishna 11 Varun Chakravarthy
Head to Head (In IPL)
Won by MI: 20 (77%)
Won by KKR: 6 (23%)
Player to watch out for
If he’s persisted with as opener, Englishman Tom Banton could fetch you points. He strikes at 158.59 during the Powerplay overs, and alongside Shubman Gill’s solidity at the top he could get the licence to tee off.