IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Live Score and Updates from Abu Dhabi
IPL 2021, MI vs KKR LIVE: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 34 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to get back to winnings ways when they face Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 34 of IPL 2021. The five-time IPL champions without the services of skipper Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya in their 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Currently placed fourth in the table with eight points, Mumbai will aim to consolidate their position in the upper half of the points table.
Toss Update: Unchanged Kolkata elect to bowl first; Rohit returns to Mumbai Playing XI, Hardik misses out
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
MI vs KKR Head to Head Record – Matches: 27, MI won: 21, KKR won: 6
STAT: Rohit is just three sixes shy of becoming the first Indian player to smoke 400 maximums in T20 cricket. He is also 17 runs away from completing 1000 IPL runs against KKR.
MI pacer Trent Boult says, “Definitely a crucial game. Would be nice to get some momentum and push through in the tournament. We have a good record against KKR but we can’t take them lightly.”
Earlier, Kolkata crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by nine wickets to start the second leg of the league on a positive note. Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell delivered with the ball — bundling out the opposition for just 92 — before the opening duo of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer steered the Kolkata outfit to a comprehensive victory. The Eoin Morgan-led side is sitting sixth in the points table.
IPL 2021 MI vs KKR Preview: Defending champions Mumbai Indians would look for inspiration from skipper Rohit Sharma, who is set to return to action, when they take on a rejuvenated Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
Mumbai were without the services of Rohit and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya in their 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday as both were rested as a precautionary measure due to having niggles. However, head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said Rohit should be fit and available for selection for the match against KKR. KKR, on the other hand, have registered a dominating nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game of the second leg of the league. [FULL PREVIEW]