IPL MI vs KKR Predictions and Betting : The second half of the Indian Premier League 2020 is up and running with the teams in the bottom half trying to make up for the losses in the first half whereas the teams in the top half are on the pursuit of a play-off spot with a couple of wins in their bag.
On Friday, Mumbai Indians will take on KKR in what looks like a thrilling contest between two champion sides. While Mumbai are looking to consolidate their position at the top, KKR will be striving hard to remain in the top 4 that will increase their chance of making it to the knockouts. Overall, the weekend of the cricket fraternity has an exciting clash to look forward to on Friday night.
The match between the two teams will take place at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
MI vs KKR Predictions and Betting Summary
MI vs KKR Predictions and Betting : Recent form and Head-to-head
The 4-time champions have been top notch in their title defense this season. MI started their campaign with a loss against CSK and RCB in the first three games but haven’t looked back since then with 4 consecutive wins.
Barring that super over game against RCB which they eventually lost, MI have scored convincing victories against the likes of KXIP, SRH, RR and DC. They are currently at 2nd place with 0 points and a healthy NRR. A win here will help them to finish in the top 2.
KKR have had a roller-coaster ride this season in terms of their performances. They lost their opening game against MI but won the next two against SRH and RR looking like a strong contender. They also won two matches which had completely slipped out of their hands against KXIP and Chennai Super Kings but faced humiliation at the hands of RCB with 82-run loss recently.
They are currently 4th in table with 8 points and they can’t afford to lose momentum they have in the second half which means a win here will make a huge impact for their upcoming games.
The one team that KKR struggles the most is the MI from the first season. They have dominated every other team in the past but have struggled to get over the line when they face 4-time champions.
This is clearly evident when we take a look at the head-to-head between the teams. In the 26 games that they have played, KKR have only won on 6 occasions in 13 seasons as opposed to 20 wins by MI.
Even though it looks like a psychological battle for KKR, MI have always been the dominating side. In UAE, both the teams have shared a win each which looks like a level playing field for both the teams to compete well.
MI vs KKR Predictions and Betting : Team News
The Mumbai Indians have one of the sorted teams in the IPL with little to change. This is because every player knows his role and responsibilities which helps him to go on with his business.
The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock have got the game off to a great start. Even though there were talks about Chris Lynn replacing the South African, he made a comeback with a couple of fifties in the recent games.
Suryakumar Yadav is an asset at No.3 who has gone about his business providing the team with some invaluable runs at the top when one of the openers is having a bad day. Ishan Kishan coming into the squad has solved the No.4 conundrum for the team with the youngster looking in great touch.
The all-rounder trio of Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya can blast even the best attacks in the world with their power hitting ability.
Pollard and Krunal have also given some crucial overs in the middle with the ball. The bowling attack consisting of Bumrah, Boult and Pattinson have been the highlight of the season. They have been impeccable in the powerplay and at the death with their hard lengths and toe-crushing yorkers.
Rahul Chahar who is the lone specialist spinner has bamboozled the batsmen with his accuracy and the drift from the pitch.
Even though KKR has maintained the core of their team, it is their batting order that has caused problems for them.
With Sunil Narine not firing at the top, Rahul Tripathi was the perfect fit for the opening slot. But they demoted him against RCB to accommodate Tom Banton that has disturbed the line-up once again.
Shubman Gill has been rock solid at the top with Nitish Rana looking a bit out of sorts this season. Rana has often got off to starts but is yet to win them a match. Eoin Morgan looks to have cemented his No.4 spot with a big performance expected from the England captain in the coming days in middle order.
Dinesh Karthik’s knock against RR would have done a world of good for his confidence and the skipper would like to close games in the future. Andre Russell has been a quality death bowler but hasn’t been explosive with the bat until now.
Pat Cummins will have to pick wickets in the powerplay even if he goes for runs. The Australian quick has been unlucky to not get breakthroughs up front.
The Indian pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna and Shivam Mavi have improved a lot with a lot of variations in the armory. In terms of spin, Varun Chakravarthy has been a steal for the team who is stingy in his spell and takes important wickets with his mysterious action. They desperately need Sunil Narine to return into the eleven to regain the balance.
MI vs KKR prediction and betting analysis:
The match between MI and KKR is scheduled on 16th October in the Sheikh Zayed Stadium at 7.30 pm IST. Even though the head-to-head suggests that MI are the superior side, the KKR would be looking to break this streak from now on. The online cricket betting platforms have also given a clear edge to MI while the two-time champions have their task cut out to win their 5th match of the season.
The betting odds for Mumbai Indians at Betway are 1.57 and for Kolkata Knight Riders the odds are placed at 2.25.
At Oddschecker, the odds stands at 4/6 for Mumbai Indians and 39/29 for KKR.