For the 34th match of the second phase of IPL 2021, we will see Kolkata Knight Riders clashing with Mumbai Indians. The five-times winner MI did not have a great start since the IPL resumed in September, but KKR, on the other hand, had shown a seemingly good performance. The match will commence at 7:30 p.m. IST in Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi.
MI Vs. KKR-The Match Preview
MI did not have a great start at the beginning of the IPL 2021 second phase because we saw how they lost the match against CSK by 20 runs. Although Mumbai ruled the game initially, CSK’s commendable bowling performance soon turned the game scenario upside-down. As a result, MI is currently ranked 4th on the leaderboard with four wins in their name and numerous losses.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) September 23, 2021
KKR, on the other hand, witnessed a great start at the beginning of the second phase of IPL. They defeated their opponent, RCB, with quite an impressive run rate. They finished the match when there were still 10 overs left in the game. KKR currently ranks 6th on the leaderboard with 3 wins and 5 losses.
For the history of IPL, MI, and KKR clashed their swords against each other on 28 occasions. Among those, MI won 22 games, and KKR won only 6. Judging by this record, most people would have predicted MI’s victory in today’s match also. But, the youngsters in KKR are doing such great work that a biased conclusion cannot be drawn.
Probable XI Players Of Both Teams
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Eoin Morgan.
- Andre Russell.
- Shubman Gill.
- Venkatesh Iyer.
- Nitish Rana.
- Rahul Tripathi.
- Dinesh Karthik.
- Sunil Narine.
- Varun Chakravarthy.
- Prasidh Krishna.
- Lockie Ferguson.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 23, 2021
- Rohit Sharma.
- Quinton de Kock.
- Suryakumar Yadav.
- Saurabh Tiwary.
- Krunal Pandya.
- Adam Milne.
- Jasprit Bumrah.
- Trent Boult.
- Ishan Kishan.
- Kieron Pollard.
- Rahul Chahar.
The Key Players To Look Forward To
Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar Yadav did not score an impressive run in the last match against CSK, but he has always been a match-winner for MI. So far, his run rate is 176 with an average of 22.0, so we can count on this batsman for today’s match.
Shubman Gill: Shubman Gill scored an impressive 48 runs in 34 balls in KKR’s last match against RCB. His overall run rate in the IPL has also been 180, with an average of 22.5, so he is someone. KKR can count on.
Krunal Pandya: Krunal Pandya is the best pick for all-rounders in the MI squad. He does not have an impressive record in IPL so far, but his resilience in the game will indeed take him far.
Andre Russell: Andre Russell is an excellent all-rounder in the KKR. In their last match against RCB, his yorker to eliminate Ab de Villers from the game was the one thing everyone kept talking about.
Trent Boult: Trent Boult can swing the ball both ways and is a fantastic example of a power-play bowler. He has grabbed 10 wickets in this year’s IPL, which is a tremendous record to uphold.
Varun Chakravarthy: We all saw Varun Chakravarthy attacking the stumps every time he ran in KKR’s last game against RCB. His wide bowling variations confuse the batsmen the most, so his bowling will be something to look forward to in today’s match.
What We Think
We think that both MI and KKR have an excellent chance to win today’s game and move their rankings up on the leaderboard. But, the pitch is more friendly for the bowlers, so batsmen will have to spend quite some time on the crease to make a good run record. We hope the best team wins.