- Today competition between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians
- There have been 27 matches between the two teams so far, Mumbai won in 21 matches.
- Mumbai lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match
- Kolkata Knight Riders won the first match, but now the challenge is bigger
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the fifth match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. MI was defeated by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the first match. At the same time, KKR started their journey by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 runs. MI’s record against KKR has been excellent.
Mumbai gets stronger with the return of D Cock
Quinton de Kock, who were in Quarantine, did not play the first match. Now he is available for selection, so he is scheduled to play. There is a possibility that he will open the opening with captain Rohit Sharma. This means that Chris Lynn may have to sit on the bench. Lynn scored the most runs for Mumbai in the first match.
Mumbai cricket director Zaheer Khan said that De Kock has practiced with the team. He said that ‘this is a good headache. It is fortunate to be part of a team where people are waiting for opportunities. Mumbai would hope that the top order as well as its powerful lower middle order would not cheat in this match.
There is talk of tension for Kolkata
There have been a total of 27 matches between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders so far, of which MI has won 21. Only MI has won nine of the last 10 matches. In such a situation, MI would like to maintain its dominance over KKR. The biggest worry for Kolkata is its spin bowling which did not go through in Sunday’s match.
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Mumbai has batsmen like Rohit, D Cock, Suryakumar Yadav in the top order, and explosive players like Pandya brothers, Kieron Pollard in the middle and lower middle. In such a situation, KKR will have to improve their spin bowling.
What can be playing 11?
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Macra Janssen, Trent Bolt, Jasprit Bumrah
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Eminent Krishna, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakraborty
MI and KKR face to face for the first time in IPL 2021