Sundaram Ravi (India), Chris Gaffaney (New Zealand), Virender Sharma (India, TV)
The IPL 2020 opener proves that the Abu Dhabi pitch is not a high scoring one. Bowlers will hold the edge in the formative overs but, batsmen will find it easier once they see themselves in. The dew factor will come into play in the second innings but, considering the firepower both MI and KKR have, something around 170 to 180 will be a par score.
The weather will be hot and humid with evening temperatures varying between 33 and 32 degress celsius. There isn't any possibility of rain, so we are in for full 40 overs.
After losing the match against CSK, MI would look to bounce back against their bogey team - they lead the head-to-head record against KKR 19 times to six. Dinesh Karthik sounded relieved yesterday that they are playing MI early in the tournament and, KKR would give in their all to begin IPL 2020 on a winning note. MI definitely have a more well-rounded outfit, but KKR hold the edge in the spin department. While MI can avail of the services of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya - both of them are comparatively inexperienced - KKR have Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav in their ranks. If the Rohit Sharma-led side can play spin well and not let KKR's explosive middle order cut loose, MI will be back on the winning track tonight.
Last 5 Head To Head
Big boundaries and the dew factor will make the captain who wins the toss bowl first. MI have a more balanced side but, KKR have the firepower in their middle order to dismantle any opposition. While KKR would look to make early inroads, MI would be wary of not leaking too many runs at the death.