MI vs KKR Dream11 Team Prediction
One of the most annoying questions the Kolkata Knight Riders players have to face every IPL season is about their record against Mumbai Indians. They’ve lost 21 out of the 27 matches against MI. Dinesh Karthik has often stressed the current batch doesn’t carry any scars that previous KKR players would have. And while KKR did manage to beat MI under Karthik’s captaincy – in 2019 in Kolkata – they’ve suffered three massive defeats after that game.
KKR come into the contest upbeat, having fixed the top-order issue that plagued them last season. They boast of a formidable middle-order and will bank on the likes of Karthik, Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell again to repeat the 2019 win. And while MI did go down against Royal Challengers Bangalore, their bowling unit can be a big challenge for any side. With Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah in their side, Rohit will come out confident to continue their run against KKR.
When: KKR vs MI, April 13, 2021, 19:30 IST
Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
What to expect: In the two matches so far at Chepauk, the scores have been – 159, 160, 187 and 177. While there has been no distinct advantage in chasing, expect the team winning the toss to opt to bowl first.
Head To Head: KKR 6 – 21 MI. In the last encounter, in Abu Dhabi last year, KKR went into the game after a massive 82-run loss against RCB. MI then trounced Morgan and Co. by eight wickets to hurt their chances of making the playoffs. In the last four years, KKR have won just one game against MI and have lost 10.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have the full squad available.
Tactics & Matchups – MI will play one of de Kock or Chris Lynn. The former has struggled against Harbhajan Singh (44 balls, 41 runs, 2 dismissals) while Lynn has struggled against Shakib al Hasan (29 balls, 20 runs, 2 dismissals). Meanwhile, no other batsman has scored more runs against an opponent in IPL than Rohit’s 939 runs vs KKR. It’ll be crucial for KKR bowlers to stop Rohit early. Sunil Narine has managed to tie down the MI captain – 129 runs, 119 balls, six dismissals and an average of 21.50 – but he’s unlikely to play. Expect KKR to target MI’s openers with spinners.
Probable XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Injured – Hardik Pandya has a shoulder issue but will play the match. De Kock is out of quarantine and available for selection.
Tactics & Matchups: Andre Russell needs to be better at playing match-ups. In this contest, MI will pitch Bumrah against Russell. The pacer has dismissed Russell three times, bowled 34 balls and given away just 44 runs. KKR can, however, counter that by having Karthik face Bumrah as much as possible. The former captain hasn’t been dismissed by Bumrah in IPL so far and has scored 50 runs at a strike rate of 192.31.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn/Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Did you know?
– While MI haven’t won their season opener since 2013, they bounced back in style in their second match of a season in the four of the last five seasons – three of those wins coming against KKR.
– Nitish Rana in his last six innings has bagged three first-ball ducks and when he’s managed to survive that, he’s scored at least 80 or more.
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