Officially, every IPL team started their initial matches with the result and IPL is all set to show his competition and entertainment in very few matches. It looks like every Team is stronger and equal with more trust on young players . Now, let’s get into Today’s match between defending champions and Mumbai Indians .Both Teams consist of star studded players in their team and can turn the matches to their side at any situation .
HEAD TO HEAD:
Totally, both Teams played 28 Matches in IPL, between these two rivalries Mumbai Indians is the Daddy for Kolkata , because MI won 21 games and KKR won only 7 games .Even , in the previous season IPL 2020 Mumbai Indians won both the games in UAE.
Both Teams are coming from two different results in their previous match, MI loss against RCB in the same venue with close margin , meanwhile KKR coming from the victory by defending 180 plus total against SRH with good their death bowling .KKR had some exciting Top order batting especially with young players who were willing to prove thier strength to the world, the team management trusted them and promoted Tripathi Rana as their Top order batsman to handle the game and they did justice to their place in previous and controlled their batting without depending on big match winners like Morgan, Russell.Also, its the right time to prove thier consistency against the champion side like Mumbai.
For Mumbai Indians they have to open their winning account in this IPL, it’s the right game for them to start their hunt for a trophy by winning the match against KKR which has star studded players like Russel, Morgan, Cummins.They love play against good Team which has the strong combination .Mi has massive records against KKR in IPL.
Players to Watch :
For the KKR team though Nithish Rana was in great touch in the previous match . But for me in this match Dinesh Karthick’s contribution might be the key factor for KKR team to continue the victory in IPL 2021.If KKR chasing the total against MI, Dk’s experience in the slow pitches like Cheapuk will cost the team victory against Mighty Mumbai indians.
For Mumbai Indians, skipper Rohit Sharma will be the match winner for the Team , he loves to score against the big team with big runs . Rohit has 939 runs against KKR in the IPL at an average of 46.95. Even his only hundred in the tournament came against the KKR.
Playing XI and Expected Changes:
Quinton DeKock is likely to return to the playing XI after his quarantine, if the team wants to add him in the playing XI he has to be replaced only by Chris Lynn which might be a harsh call for Lynn but they don’t have an option . Either of these two overseas opener have to play with Rohit Sharma in playing XI and in the bowling department , there are chances that Piyush chawla might get his match against KKR with his experience , also he bought for 6 cr by Chennai exclusively for the pitches like chepauk added that he played for KKR in previous edition ,he might get into the playingXI by replacing Rahul Chahar in the Team.
For KKR, they have a settled playing XI and overseas players , obviously no place for Sunil Narine because of Shakib’s decent form in previous matches. Mostly they will proceed with an unchanged winning combination against Mumbai Indians.If KKR won the game, it will become a big boost to move to Top of the Table.
Mumbai Indians Playing XI:
- Quinton De kock (wk)
- Rohit Sharma (C)
- Surya Kumar Yadav
- Ishan Kishan
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Kieron Pollard
- Piyush Chawla
- Marco Jenson
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Trent Boult
Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI:
- Nitish Rana
- Shubman Gill
- Rahul Tripathi
- Eoin Morgan
- Dinesh Karthick
- Andre Russel
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Pat Cummins
- Harbhajan Singh
- Prasidh Krishna
- Varun Chakravarthy
In the previous two matches, Chepauk pitches did not behave to its natural strength, pitch did not turn much , it has some slowness if it’s a rank turner for today’s match, both teams have some good players .
Expected winning score will be around 160-165 for the first batting side .
Mumbai Indians were having the edge towards this game , So my winning percentage will
MI – 65% & KKR – 35%
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