KKR VS MI: We are now into the second round of the IPL 2021, with every team having played a game. Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Mumbai Indians in the 5th match of the IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Having played a game at all the same venue, the two sides will be well aware of the conditions and adjust accordingly.
Match Details: KKR VS MI
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Date: 13th April 2021
Time: 07:30 PM
Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a flying start to their IPL 2021 campaign. They defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by ten runs in their opening game of the tournament. The Knight Riders are placed at the second position in the points table with a win from their only game played. The Eoin Morgan-led side will hope to keep the momentum alive and further strengthen their position in the points table.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, had just another dismal start to their IPL campaign losing their ninth consecutive season opener. They lost their opening game against Royal Challengers Bangalore by two wickets in the last ball thriller. The Indians are currently placed at the sixth position, having lost their only game played. The Rohit Sharma & co will be desperately looking to pick up a win from this game and open their account in the IPL 2021.
The skies will stay partly cloudy with zero chances of rain interruptions. The weather conditions will remain humid for the entire duration of the game. The temperature will hover around 29 degrees Celsius.
The track at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is a balanced one that has something to offer for both batsmen and bowlers. The batsmen will need to spend some time in the middle before attacking the bowlers for maximums, with the wickets in hand being crucial on this ground. The pacers are expected to get some swing early on with the new ball. While the spinners will also have a say as the game progresses. The chasing teams have won the majority of the games played on this ground. Hence, the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 173 runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock(WK), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
Head to Head Records: KKR VS MI
Rohit Sharma: The hitman failed to impress the fantasy players in the last game. But he is an explosive batsman who can singlehandedly change the course of the game if he gets hot early.
Nitish Rana: Rana was sensational in the last game wherein he scored 80 runs off just 56 deliveries. He will be hoping to keep the momentum alive and perform well in this game too. He can also contribute some crucial points with the ball in hand.
Kuldeep Yadav: Yadav is expected to feature in this game and if he does make sure you pick him in your fantasy teams. The Chinaman bowler is a genuine wicket-taker who can’t be overlooked at any cost.
Rahul Chahar: Chahar went wicketless in the last game but he is a quality bowler who has the ability to pick wickets at regular intervals. He is expected to scalp atleast one wicket in this game.
Quinton de Kock
Shakib Al Hasan
TEAM 1 (IF KKR BATS FIRST)
TEAM 2 (IF MI BATS FIRST)
Mumbai Indians are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.