Kolkata Knight Riders will engage against their nemesis side Mumbai Indians in the fifth match of the Indian Premier League 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, on September 23, Wednesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking forward to making a winning start to their campaign but they have a hurdle that has been hurting them in almost every single season of the Indian Premier League. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, lost to Chennai Super Kings in their first game by 5 wickets and the momentum is certainly not with them. The Knight Riders will be up to this challenge as they have a really strong squad and skipper Dinesh Karthik will have to take some tough calls to fit in those four foreigners slot in their playing XI tomorrow. One can expect this encounter to be a humdinger as both Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders have not failed to entertain in the previous seasons of the IPL. In the meantime, we will find out how we are going to make some cash tomorrow evening while these two sides battle it out in the middle of the park. Don't fret, as I have managed to gather three of the best player markets to bet on from this match just for you guys. Let's get started?
Rohit Sharma - a name that has been right in the mix of things in Indian cricket and he will be up against his favourite opponent in the IPL again tomorrow. Sharma is the third highest run scorer in the history of the competition with 4910 runs at an average of 31.47 including one century and 36 half centuries. That only century has come against Kolkata Knight Riders at his most favourite run-scoring venue, Eden Gardens. He has scored a whopping 825 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders at an average of 45.78. He has played 5 T20 games in this calendar year and has scored 152 runs at an average of 38.00. Rohit Sharma started off well in the first game against Chennai Super Kings unfortunately he got out way too easily. He comes in with an experience of 329 T20 matches and 8654 runs at an average of 32.17 including 6 hundred and 60 half centuries. Those are some serious numbers and that is exactly why I feel that he is going to come up clutch against Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow. Sky Bet is offering the best odds of 4.00 for Rohit Sharma to be the top team batsman for Mumbai Indians.
The South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was retained by Mumbai Indians for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League. De Kock looked in really good shape and form in the first match of the tournament against Chennai Super Kings. The swashbuckling left-hander scored 33 runs in the first game and he looked really hungry for more. He has featured in 51 matches in the Indian Premier League and has 1489 runs to his tally at an average of 30.38. In the previous season of the IPL, De Kock looked in great touch as well and he went on to score 529 runs at an average of 35.26. He has played 7 T20 games in this calendar year and has 241 runs against his name at an average of 34.43. Interestingly, De Kock has featured in 5 T20 games in the United Arab Emirates and has 175 runs to his name at an average of 43.75. Therefore, you can trust me when I am saying that Quinton de Kock will be scoring at least 24 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders. Dafabet is offering odds of 1.87 for the same and this is where you leave everything and place your bets!
Dinesh Karthik has led Kolkata Knight Riders well in the previous seasons but he has not been able to help them to clinch their third IPL title. They have come close but they have not gone all the way and the kind of squad Karthik has at his disposal, this could well be the Knight Riders’ year. However, he has not failed to impress with the bat as he is the 12th highest run scorer in the Indian Premier League with 3654 runs under his belt at an average of 27.06. He has played 288 T20 matches in his career and has 5708 runs at an average of 27.70. The Knight Riders skipper scored 253 runs in the previous season of the Indian Premier League at an average of 31.62. His batting average in the Indian Premier League has not gone below 30.0 since the 2017 edition. This is a testimony of the fact that the captain is expected to score at a healthy average in this current season as well. 888 Sport and Unibet are offering odds of 1.87 for Dinesh Karthik to score just 19 runs against Mumbai Indians tomorrow and that should be rather easy for him.
Rohit Sharma to be the top team batsman for Mumbai Indians - @ 4.00 (Sky Bet)
Quinton de Kock to score at least 24 runs for Mumbai Indians - @ 1.87 (Dafabet)
Skipper Dinesh Karthik to score at least 19 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders - @ 1.87 (Dafabet)