IPL 2021: MI vs KKR Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
In their last 13 meetings, MI have won as many as 12 times.
Updated - Sep 23, 2021 12:57 pm
Mumbai Indians are set to cross swords with Kolkata Knight Riders in Match No.34 of the 2021 Indian Premier League on Thursday, September 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Their faceoff is one of the most one-sided rivalries in the history of the T20 league, or any tournament.
In their last 13 meeting, MI have won as many as 12 times. In the second leg, both teams have had contrasting starts. The Mumbai-based team went down to the Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs. MI didn’t have Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya in their team and their absence was well and truly felt.
They kept hanging in the middle of the points table. The Knights, on the other hand, will be going into the next game after a nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Despite the victory last time, the Men in Gold and Purple are placed sixth and need more wins to get into the top four.
Match – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 34th match
Venue – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch at the venue helped the spinners last time around. Batting may not be a cakewalk. However, Abu Dhabi has seen high-scoring encounters in the last 12 months. Batting second should be the way forward. Scoring runs in the powerplay will be critical for both teams.
Avg first innings score: 159 (23 matches in IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 14, Lost – 9, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton De Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary/Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Bench: Anmolpreet Singh, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Marco Jansen, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chris Lynn, Mohsin Khan, James Neesham, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Saurabh Tiwary/Hardik Pandya, Yudhvir Singh
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Tim Southee, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Vaibhav Arora
Played –28 | Mumbai Indians – 22 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 6 |N/R – 0
In the UAE
Played – 3 | Mumbai Indians – 2 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 1 |N/R – 0
Probable best batter of the match
Rohit Sharma— Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma is most likely to return for the game against the Knights after missing out against CSK. The 34-year-old has incredible numbers against KKR. In 28 matches, he notched 982 runs at an average of 46.76 and a strike rate of 133.06. He has scored six half-centuries against them. KKR can’t afford to let the Nagpur-born settle into a rhythm.
Probable best bowler of the match
Jasprit Bumrah– Mumbai Indians
Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional for Mumbai in the last few IPL editions. In this IPL, the right-arm fast bowler has picked up eight wickets from as many games at an impressive economy rate of 7.25. Against KKR, the youngster has picked up 12 wickets from 13 games. The Knights can’t afford to let complacency sneak in while facing him.
Today’s match prediction: Mumbai Indians to win the match.