KKR wins the toss against Mumbai Indians, elects to field


While the four-time IPL champions, led by Rohit Sharma, started their 2020 campaign with a defeat, the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR is yet to hit the ground.

Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthick ahead of the match. Photo: twitter.com|ESPNcricinfo

Abu Dhabi: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field against Mumbai Indians on Matchday 5 of this year’s IPL. Kerala player Sandeep Warrior will be playing for Dinesh Karthik-led Knight Riders on Wednesday.

While the four-time IPL champions, led by Rohit Sharma, started their 2020 campaign with a defeat, the Dinesh Karthik-led KKR is yet to hit the ground. But Mumbai will take confidence from the fact that historically they have had the upper hand against KKR in head-to-head clashes, having won 19 of the 25 matches.

KKR will take comfort from the fact that when the UAE hosted the first half of the tournament in 2014 they ended up lifting the coveted trophy after outclassing Kings XI Punjab in a high-scoring final. For this year's edition of the lucrative league, the KKR released their seasoned campaigners like Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Piyush Chawla, and acquired the services of Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, and Tom Banton.

Squads:

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Quinton de Kock (w-k), Aditya Tare (w-k), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Jayant Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson

KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain/wicket-keeper), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Ali Khan, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Siddhesh Lad, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Tom Banton (wicket-keeper), Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddhartha, Nikhil Naik, and Chris Green.

(With inputs from IANS)

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