IPL 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders VS Mumbai Indians

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

In the 34th match of IPL 2021, the east will meet the West in a cracking encounter. Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on a star-studded Mumbai Indians. Kolkata will be high on confidence after beating RCB comprehensively whereas Mumbai will be looking to get their first win in the second of IPL 2021 after losing a match that they should have won earlier against Chennai Super Kings.

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Head to Head Records

A match between KKR and MI is always taken as one-sided because of the head to head record that is in the favour of MI.

  • Matches Played: 28 matches
  • MI Won: 22 matches
  • KKR Won: 6 matches
  • Tie: 0 matches

With this head to head record, let’s see whether KKR will get to change anything in the UAE or not.

Sheikh Zayed Stadium Record:

The Sheikh Zayed Stadium is the ultimate cricketing canvas and an equally perfect setting for the chasing teams.

  • Matches Played: 30
  • Matches won by Batting first team: 13
  • Matches won by Chasing team: 17
  • No Result: 0

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders

With a commanding win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, KKR has got themselves going and are placed at the fifth position in the points table with 3 wins in 8 games.

Predicted Playing XI

Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(wk), Eoin Morgan

(C), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson

Bench Strength

Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee.

Players to watch out

The powerhouse Andre Russel will be an impactful player for KKR with his all-round skills. Apart from him, the mystery bowler, Varun Chakravarthy will be looking to make it tough for the batsmen to pick his variations.

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians

After losing a match that MI should have won against CSK, MI will be looking to get their first win in the second leg. Placed at the fourth position in the points table with just 4 wins in 8 games, MI needs to defeat KKR to stay in the playoffs hunt.

Predicted Playing XI

Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav,

Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

Bench Strength

James Neesham, Marco Jansen, Aditya Tare, Ishan Kishan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Yudhvir Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar

Players to watch out

With their hard-hitting capabilities, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya can make a huge impact in the death overs. Along with them, Quinton de Kock can try to use power play efficiently. Besides this, Rahul Chahar with his variations on slow pitches of Abu Dhabi will make things worse for the opposition.

Final Predictions

After winning a match against RCB, KKR will be high on confidence. However, against MI, they don’t have a great head to head record and MI will be having an edge over KKR. A batting lineup of Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya won’t let things go easy for KKR. Apart from them, Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Jasprit Bumrah will make things even more difficult for KKR. 

Based on the evidence provided by the last few games, we predict that Mumbai Indians will probably win this match. Kolkata Knight Riders can be unpredictable because they beat an experienced team like Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game.