MI vs KKR IPL 2021 Preview: 23rd Sept - Out-of-form Mumbai batting face Chakravarthy, Naire, Ferguson triple threat
Mumbai will want to win this one and avoid another dogfight for a playoff spot.
KKR can be really on to something here. The team had a disastrous season in the first part of this IPL and fell way short of expectations.
A change in venue, momentum and a few key players might just turn out to be the game changer for Kolkata.
They started the second phase of IPL 2021 on a brilliant note, routing Royal Challengers Bangalore for just 92 runs in Abu Dhabi. It was the pace bowlers who sparked the RCB collapse with Prasidh Krishna pinning Virat Kohli in front of the wickets and Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell accounting for Devdutt Padikkal and Srikar Bharat respectively.
Chakravarthy stars for KKR
Chakravarthy then excelled in the middle overs, dismissing Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga and Glenn Maxwell, all of whom were flummoxed by his wizardry. Russell then took the prized scalp of AB de Villiers and finished with three wickets.
All in all, it was a complete bowling performance with none of their bowlers conceding runs at over 6 RPO, which is some feat in T20 cricket.
Sunil Narine was right on the money and gave away just 20 runs from his four overs. Lockie Ferguson, who is expected to play all the games for KKR in the absence of Pat Cummins, was also quite rapid and finished with 4-0-24-2.
Missed opportunity for MI
The way Mumbai Indians took off in the first match of the second phase, they were likely to take more or less the same route as Kolkata. MI had a real opportunity of dismissing Chennai Super Kings quite cheaply when they had them down at 24 for 4 with Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni back in the hut.
Trent Boult and Adam Milne were superb to begin with and affected as many as three ducks. But, Mumbai let the match slip away from their grasp, allowing Ravi Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo to pull the match back. As it turned out, they were successful in stretching the target to 157.
In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya, the team gave opportunities to Anmolpreet Singh and Saurabh Tiwary. While Tiwary was the only half centurion for Mumbai, Singh could not make a mark.
If Rohit Sharma is back to full fitness, he will return at the top of the order to partner Quinton de Kock. Hardik Pandya is carrying a niggle and might miss a couple of more matches. The team is doing well on the bowling front though with Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar all looking good.
Predicted playing XIs
Mumbai Indians - Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma/Anmolpreet Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard (c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
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