Two different games! Two completely different outcomes! The IPL never fails to amuse the fans. In one game, where Chennai Super Kings fought back to hand Mumbai Indians a 20 runs loss, while in the other, Kolkata Knight Riders outclassed Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets. Will there be another unexpected outcome in Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 34th Match IPL 2021 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 23rd September? We shall see.
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 34th Match IPL 2021
Team News for Mumbai Indians
After the loss against Chennai, Mumbai Indians now have 8 points in 8 games and are under the threat of losing their fourth spot if the outcome favours Kolkata in this game.
Mumbai Indians should include their skipper Rohit Sharma in the squad after giving him some extra rest in the previous match. The in-form batsman who rocked the England tour with some glorious innings will be the key for Mumbai to secure a playoff spot in their remaining games. Mumbai also missed their prolific all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the first game. But a half-century from his replacement Saurabh Tiwari will make it difficult for him to find a place in the team. Is he going to replace his brother?
Likely playing 11 of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Team News for Kolkata Knight Riders
What a start Kolkata Knight Riders had in phase 2 of IPL 2021. After folding Royal Challengers for a meager 92 runs, their openers finished the task calmly. The new pair of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer has a lot to offer in Kolkata’s quest to secure a playoff spot, and the management should trust them to open for the remaining matches.
Kolkata’s bowling attack has enough firepower to go without any change. It’s all about Varun Chakravarthy’s outstanding variations that deceive their opponents. The mystery spinner claimed 3 wickets for 13 in his 4 overs against Royal Challengers. He will lead the bowling attack along with Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, and Andre Russell.
Likely playing 11 of 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
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The weather will be clear throughout the match. Sheikh Zayed stadium provides a flat pitch which makes it easier for the batters to play freely. But the first game showed the sluggish nature of the pitch, which helped spinners restrict the batters.
Betting Predictions for Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 34th Match IPL 2021
Match Result Prediction
Even after a dominant display, Kolkata Knight Riders are not favoured to win this game. Their batting order has not been tested against quality bowling and pressure. They started on a high note in the first phase, too, only to then lose four games in a row. Plus, it is the record that shows the accurate picture. Mumbai Indians have 22 victories in 28 matches against the Knight Riders. With key players back in the squad, Mumbai Indians are likely to win against Kolkata.
Winner: Mumbai Indians (1.66)
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Though Kolkata won the last game at Sheikh Zayed Stadium while chasing, the previous five outcomes have favoured the team batting first. The team winning the toss should look to set a target.
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Top Batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener Shubman Gill should be the top batsman against Mumbai Indians. The classy right-hander didn’t flinch one bit in the first game after coming back from an injury. He scored 48 off 34 balls with 7 fours and a six. After fairing poorly in the first phase, Gill showed great character with his flicks and sweeps. His form will be a good sign for the two-time champions.
Top Batsman For Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill (4.00)
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