It’s Matchday 5 of the Dream11 IPL 2020 as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) face Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi tonight at 7.30 PM IST. While KKR will be looking to make a winning start to the season, MI will look to get back to winning ways and prove the critics wrong. The Rohit Sharma-led MI lost their first game of the season against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) following solid performances by Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis. However, if Mumbai Indians manage to return to winning ways against the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR, it will be their first win in Abu Dhabi.
There is enough quality in both the sides but who can offer their best remains to be seen.
Here are our top 5 players to watch out for between KKR vs MI.
5. Kieron Pollard
Distance of the boundary ropes has rarely ever bothered the hard-hitting West Indian batsman. While he got out for 18 in the first match against CSK, Pollard will be looking to make a point once again in the MI jersey as Rohit Sharma and co. seeks to seal their first win of Dream11 IPL 2020.
4. Andre Russell
Russell holds the record for the best IPL strike rate of 186.41 for a batsman who can clear the fence so often. He was KKR’s highest run-scorer in last year’s IPL. Russell hammered 52 sixes in 14 matches and he will be wanting to have a similar season.
3. Shubman Gill
IPL 2020 – He can’t hit big sixes, but the youngster is still a delight to watch when he’s batting with style and elegance. Shubman Gill looks set to open the batting for KKR along with Sunil Narine, and if he gets going, it will lay a solid platform for the hard-hitters which is an asset of the KKR batting unit.
2. Quinton de Kock
While he couldn’t score a fifty in Mumbai Indians’ opening game, de Kock’s quick cameo of 33 was a good nick. The left-handed batsman doesn’t shy away from playing his shots, and as MI look for their first win, the South African’s solid presence at the top will be crucial.
1. Pat Cummins
IPL 2020:- Pat Cummins is one of the best pacers currently going around, and every KKR fan will expect the spearhead bowler to make a difference this season. He’s got speed, skill, accuracy and also adapts quickly. While the UAE pitches might not offer what the pitches in Australia can offer, Cummins has always shown willingness to seek out ways to take wickets in all conditions. If he fires like he usually does, KKR will become more dangerous for the opposition.