Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – IPL 2021
The 34th IPL match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders on 23rd September 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Head to Head comparison of matches played and won between the two teams shows that out of 28 matches played between them, MI has a tremendous win record of 22, KKR only managed to win on 6 occasions.
While looking at the record it is highly probable that MI will win this one as well, however, for KKR the encouraging factor is that they will be against Mumbai after winning their first match against RCB. On the other hand, Mumbai lost its first match in IPL phase 2 against Chennai.
MI vs KKR Match Details
The Mumbai Indians ruled out Hardik Pandya for the current match and MI captain Rohit Sharma is back in playing XI. For Kolkata, they have kept the last match-winning combination and there is no change in the playing XI.
Eoin Morgan, the KKR captain wins the important toss and has elected to field first. It’s a test for Rohit Sharma, he too must be desperate to perform and make a comeback.
Below are the MI and KKR teams that were declared.
|Mumbai Indians (MI)||Quinton de Kock(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult|
|Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna,|
After losing the toss MI was put on to bat, they concluded their innings at 155-6 after 20 overs.
KKR batted in style and clinched the much-required win, KKR won the match by 7 wickets, they scored 159-3 in 15.1 overs.
Sunil Narin was awarded man of the match for his wicket of Rohit Sharma and bowling his 4 overs tightly. He completed his 4 overs, taking 1 wicket, and he conceded 20 runs.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock came to open the innings for Mumbai Indians, both looked in prime touch and completed 50 runs partnership in the 6th over. The MI was 56-0 after the power play (6 overs).
They both were scoring at around 8.5 runs per over but the partnership was broken by Sunil Narine when he dismissed Rohit at 33, MI was 80-1 after 11 overs.
Suryakumar Yadav and de Kock were out there at the crease and were hoping to take Mumbai to a victorious total.
They both batted together for 2 overs and added only 9 runs to the total, Surya’s bad form continued and he was out at 9 on delivery by Prasidh Krishna. The MI was 89-2 after 12.1 overs.
De Kock was joined by Ishan Kishan in the middle and de Kock completed his half-century in 14th over. MI was 101-2 after 14 overs.
However, in the very next over de Kock was dismissed by Prasidh. MI was 106-3 after 15 overs.
In the 17th over Ishan too was departed by Lockie Ferguson at 14 and MI was 121-4 after 17 overs.
By the 19th over Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard added 28 more runs to the total and MI was 149-4 after 19 overs.
In the last over by Ferguson, both Krunal and Pollard were out and MI concluded their innings at 155-6 after 20 overs.
Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna both took 2 wickets and KKR restricted MI to 155-6 which was just below par score at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
|Rohit Sharma |
c Gill b Narine
|Quinton de Kock |
c Narine b Prasidh
|Suryakumar Yadav |
c Karthik b Prasidh
|Ishan Kishan |
c Russell b Ferguson
|Abdul Samad |
c Pant b Rabada
|Kieron Pollard runout (Morgan/Ferguson)||21||15||2||1|
|Rashid Khan |
run out (Smith/Pant)
|Krunal Pandya |
c Venkatesh b Ferguson
|Saurabh Tiwary not out||5||2||1||0|
|Adam Milne |
|Total: 155-6 in 20 Overs|
KKR needed 156 runs at the required rate of 7.8 runs per over, they opened the innings with the last match-winning pair of Shubhman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer.
Both of them looked well set and hurriedly scored 30 runs in the first 2 overs, they hit Adam Milne and Trent Boult hard and as a result, KKR was 30-0 after 2 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah gave the first breakthrough to MI, he dismissed Gill at 13, KKR was 40-1 after 3 overs.
Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi played smart cricket and KKR was 63-1 after the power play (6 overs).
Thereafter, there was no stopping and both the batsmen hit all the MI bowlers as if they wanted to prove that they are the best performers out there.
First Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL half-century in the 11th over, and thereafter Rahul Tripathi too got a much-deserved half-century in the 12th over.
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The right-hander completes a quickfire half-century as @KKRiders continue to make merry with the bat. ? ? #VIVOIPL #MIvKKR
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After they both completed their half-centuries KKR lost Iyer to Bumrah at 53, KKR was 128-2 after 12 overs.
Eoin Morgan joined Tripathi in the middle and they both scored 27 runs off the next two overs before Morgan got departed in the 15th over, KKR was 155-3 after 15 overs.
Nitish Rana and Tripathi finished the match in style taking the score to 159-3. Rahul scored unbeaten 74 off 42 deliveries with 8 fours and 3 sixes. KKR won the match in 15.1 overs by 7 wickets.
In the IPL points table, both KKR and MI have 8 points with 4 wins and 5 losses.
However, KKR has moved up from 6th position and replaced MI at 4th position based on the net run rate of +0.363.
MI on the other hand moved down to 6th place based on the net run rate of -0.310. This was MI’s second defeat in a row, earlier they lost to CSK
|Shubman Gill |
|Venkatesh Iyer |
|Rahul Tripathi |
|Eoin Morgan |
c Boult b Bumrah
|Nitish Rana |
|Total: 159-5 in 15.1 Overs|
MI vs KKR Match Highlights (video)
The highlights of the match between (video) Mumbai Indians and KKR is available here