Indian T20 League 2021: Match 5 KOL vs MUM – Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Indian T20 League 2021: Match 5 KOL vs MUM – Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Mumbai have lost their only match in the league so far, unlike Kolkata, who opened their account with a win against Hyderabad on Sunday.

Match Details

The fifth game of the Indian T20 League between Kolkata and Mumbai will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on 13th April 2021.

The match will start at 7:30 PM IST. The live streaming will be available on the Hotstar app and website.

Preview

Kolkata started their 2021 season with a 10-run win against Hyderabad on Sunday. On a slightly slowish surface, they were able to produce a total of 187 runs in their allotted 20 overs, making an early statement with the bat. The Eoin Morgan-led team was also successful in keeping the run rate down while they were bowling, ensuring a comfortable win in the end for themselves. With that being said and done, their next challenge will be against Mumbai, who are the most successful side in the league’s history and also the defending champions. 

Mumbai, on the other hand, didn’t have an ideal start to this current season. They lost a really close match against Bangalore first up but there are certain areas of concerns as far as their batting is concerned. Even after fetching a good score in the first 15 overs, they were not able to finish well in the death overs. Given the power of players like Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pandya, and Krunal Pandya, they are expected to bounce back in the second game of the season. 

The history at this point in time doesn’t support Kolkata at all. They have played against Mumbai in 27 matches, but have only managed six victories. The past records would be a huge boost for the Mumbai team, which will be seeking a win badly to get their season up and running as they eye their third title in a row. 

Probable Playing XIs for KOL vs MUM

Kolkata:

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Mumbai:

Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn/Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Captaincy picks for KOL vs MUM

Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai)

Suryakumar Yadav has been in the form of his life recently. He was in fine touch with the blade when he made his T20I debut against England recently. He carried on that superb knick and was also seen timing the ball brilliantly during his short innings of 31 runs from 23 balls. When he faces his former team Kolkata, he would be eyeing a big score, something which he is totally capable of producing. 

Shubman Gill (Kolkata)

Shubman Gill is one batsman that Kolkata heavily depends on when it comes to giving them a good start. The talented opener missed out on an opportunity to get a big score in the opening match but would be eyeing one against Mumbai. Interestingly, his highest score in the Indian T20 League is against Mumbai, a knock of 76 which he had played in 2019 at the Eden Gardens. 

Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips

2-Player Team

Suryakumar Yadav (c), Nitish Rana

3-Player Team

Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Shakib Al Hasan

4-Player Team

Shubman Gill (C), Andre Russell, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya

11-Player Team

Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Suryakumar Yadav (C), Shubman Gill (VC), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision