Both teams had contrasting starts to their start of IPL 2021, phase 2. KKR blew past RCB and chased their score in 11 overs which has significantly increased their Net run rate. Mumbai Indians were looking comfortable against CSK, but a brilliant innings from Gaikwad, and captain Rohit missing, they ended up losing.
KKR is only two points behind MI, and this will be a crucial match for them if they want to make it to the top four. MI are in that fourth spot, and will look to rejuvenate themselves and solidify their place in the qualifying positions.
Where: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
When: Thursday, September 23, 2021, 7:30 PM IST
Pitch report: The humidity of Abu Dhabi affects the due of the ground in the second innings. In previous match the pitch was a bit two-paced, and slowed down more as the game went down. Toss winning team normally looks to bat first at this venue.
The Paltan fans will be glad to hear that captain Rohit Sharma will be fit and ready for the game. He was not played in the first game to take extra precaution on his return from England.
Talismanic all-rounder, Hardik Pandya is also available for the game. MI missed his presence on the field and will be glad to see him back, as he instantly makes that middle order much stronger. Saurabh Tiwary scored a good 50 of 40 balls, but might miss out in this game.
There are no injuries or unavailabilities in the MI squad
Probable starting XI
Rohit Sharma, Quinton De Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR couldn’t have asked for a better start to their phase 2 life in the IPL. Debutant, Venkatesh Iyer looked like a good young prospect that fit into the team perfectly. The bowling line-up looked solid, means there still wont be place for Kuldeep Yadav.
Andre Russell came into bat at no.3 vs RCB, but didn’t play a single ball. It will be interesting to see in which order the middle order comes into bat for this game.
There are no injuries or unavailabilities in the KKR squad
Probable starting XI
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Head to head
Matches played: 28
MI: Won 22
KKR: Won 6
Rohit Sharma vs Sunil Narine
Rahul Chahar vs Eoin Morgan
Hardik Pandya vs Andre Russell
Stats that matter
- KKR has only won 6 out of their 28 previous meetings
- Neither team has a batsmen in the top-15 most runs scored this IPL
- Both Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar have picked up 8 wickets in this season.
- Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell have scored joint amount of sixes this year: IPL
- Kieron Pollard has scored at a strike rate of 163.39