Mumbai Indians, who moved down to Chennai Super Kings, will require a win to hang on to their top 4 spots, as a slip-up can force them into the bottom half. They will have their sights fixed on the consistency of skipper Rohit Sharma, who remained out of the match against CSK as he has been recovering from a niggle that he sustained during the tour of England. And as for the Knight Riders, they secured a bright start to the second phase of the IPL 2021 with a big win over Royal Challengers Bangalore, a 9-wicket toweling.
The win had elevated them to the 5th spot from the seventh spot but to they need to keep winning to maintain their hopes for enrolling on the top 4 and get a ticket for play-offs. It may be a benefit for them that they have already had a taste of the situation in Abu Dhabi during the match against the Royal Challengers and it could be an asset for them. They will be requiring that KKR batsmen and bowlers would once again present that cohesive effort.
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 Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch is a special one. it Always gives plenty of runs to every type of bowler. Abu Dhabi has seen high-scoring encounters within the last 12 months. Batting second should be the way forward. Scoring runs within the powerplay are going to 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
The weather prediction of Abu Dhabi is almost great for this cricket match. There are almost no chances of rain in the area and we are confident that we will have a full Clash to enjoy.
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
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
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
Rohit Sharma claims a great record against KKR. His only century in the league has come against them Additionally, he missed the first match against CSK because of that he has to win this match. Rohit Sharma is presumably to return for the sport 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 a mean of 46.76 and a strike rate of 133.06. He has scored six half-centuries against them.
Whichever format it might be, Jasprit Bumrah is always a menace for the opponent batters. He had a reasonable first half of the IPL 2021, where he grasped 6 wickets in 7 matches at an economy of 7.11. Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional for Mumbai within a previous couple of IPL editions. during this IPL, the right-arm fast bowler has picked up eight wickets from as many games at a powerful economy rate of 7..25.
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Most likely the slow runner will win the race in today’s match to maintain the top 4 positions after losing hands to CSK, but KKR is not a weak team, Although this season was a bad omen for them as they are bottom second after SRH, therefore outcome can be predicted as MI beat the pulp out of KKR with good difference
Today’s match prediction: Mumbai Indians to win the match.