Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against Mumbai Indians in the 34th match of the Indian Premier League. The game will be a match for two teams trying to ensure that they secure a top-four spot. The team from Mumbai lost their first game since the restart. On the other hand, KKR demolished RCB to secure an emphatic win on their return to IPL 2021.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Kolkata Knight Riders come with a convincing win over Royal Challengers Bangalore after the perfect IPL match. Bowling them for mere 92 runs, Eoin Morgan and company chased the target within 10 overs giving a boost to their net run rate. Starting with Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy’s lethal spells, KKR set up the match. Shubman Gill (48) and debutant Venkatesh Iyer (41*) then took off in the powerplay.
However, the mission is long from complete. Kolkata will lock horns with Mumbai, who have over the years dominated them. Morgan will want his side to be ready for some of the best in the league coming out at them.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Vaibhav Arora
Mumbai Indians have lost the El Clasico of the IPL. After Boult and Milne gave them just the perfect start in the powerplay, Mumbai couldn’t close the game well. They let Chennai Super Kings put up 160-odd runs total. Coming to bat, the team, which was missing regular skipper Rohit Sharma, started losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually lost the match.
Mumbai’s situation might not be as urgent as Kolkata’s or Rajasthan’s but one or two more losses and they will start feeling the intense pressure. Rohit Sharma should return to the side, but the question is whether they play star all-rounder Hardik Pandya or not?
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.
Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have faced each other 28 times in the IPL. Kolkata have won six matches while Mumbai has won on 22 occasions.
Mumbai has dominated the Kolkata Knight Riders for a long and this match shouldn’t be any different. Despite scoring a convincing win against RCB, Kolkata is likely to end up as the losing team against Mumbai Indians.
Date and Time:
September 23, 2021 (Thursday), 7:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi