IPL 2020: Preview of KKR VS MI: Kolkata eyes a good start against impressive Mumbai

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Mumbai, which lost its IPL 2020 season opener by five wickets to Super Kings, has a huge win rate of 76 percent over Kolkata from 25 outings between the two teams.

When Mumbai Indians (MI) take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, nine of the most one-sided rivalries in IPL history will be revived.

Mumbai, which on Saturday lost its IPL 2020 season opener by five wickets to Chennai Super Kings (CSK), has a huge 76 percent win rate over Kolkata from 25 outings between the two teams.

MI hasn’t won a single game in the UAE in six attempts, however. In the IPL’s first match of 2014 at the same venue in Abu Dhabi, the franchise lost to KKR by 41 runs.

The pacers, with a combined economic rate of 8.1, were a little more competitive during Saturday’s clash at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium than the spinners, who had an overall economy of 8.5.

In the previous edition, KKR struggled to make the last-four stage on the net run-rate after finishing in playoff spots from 2016 to 2018. As its 2020 campaign starts, the team will be looking to make a comment at the expense of MI.

This could be Kolkata’s best chance under new head coach Brendon McCullum to eventually dominate Mumbai. On Wednesday, the pattern of captains winning the toss and electing to bowl first might continue.