Sunil Narine (10 credits)
While the Trinidad’s dashing all-rounder had an excellent run in the CPL, scoring 144 runs in 5 innings and picking up six wickets. The conditions in the UAE, however, are somewhat different. Up until now, the pacers have dominated and all the sides are aware of the weakness of Sunil Narine against the short ball, particularly the Mumbai Indians who have exploited it well.
As a batsman, Narine has a miserable record against Mumbai Indians, scoring just 32 runs in 8 innings. Even in Abu Dhabi, the pitches did not really create much turn for the spinners. So, you should avoid taking Sunil Narine for this game for these reasons.
Jasprit Bumrah (9 credits)
Jasprit Bumrah was another Mumbai player who didn’t perform to his capacity in the first match. Bumrah wasn’t the bowler he had been famous for after suffering his first really serious injury in international cricket in September last year.
On his return in January, and again at Abu Dhabi, he looked rusty, Jasprit Bumrah struggled to get a grip on his line and length and conceded 43 runs in 4 overs. His famous yorkers didn’t make a single appearance in the game. In this matc, there will be a number of talented pacers, it would be best to avoid taking Bumrah until he regains his form and rhythm.
Krunal Pandya (8.5 credits)
In the first game, Krunal Pandya had an extremely disappointing performance. In his 4 overs, he conceded 37 runs picking only one wicket and could only contribute 3 runs when he was needed by his side. In general, as of now, the pitches have favoured pacers, and with Krunal Pandya not being an inherently muscular player, he will also struggle to clear the longer boundaries as a batsman.
In addition to that, Kolkata Knight Riders has 3-4 left-handers in the top 7 and they may be able to score big runs against him by playing with the spin. Therefore, in this match, Pandya is unlikely to contribute something substantial to his side.