The KKR team can reach in top four by beating the MI team today. They have played eight matches before today’s match and won three of them. The other team MI also played similar matches but they got fifty percent of the winning percentage. The Mumbai Indians team’s best bowler they have got is RD Chahar with eleven wickets in eight matches. TA Boult took ten and JJ Bumrah eight. The captain of their team RG Sharma is the leading runs scorer of their team with 250 runs. KA Pollard 183 and SA Yadav 176.
From the KKR team’s performance, AD Russell their leading wicket-taker with ten wickets, CV Varun took also ten, PJ Cummins took nine, and M Prasidh Krishna also took nine. The bowling performance of the KKR team indicates that their bowlers have done better than the MI team bowlers. From the KKR team’s batting performance in their last eight matches, N Rana is their top performer with 201 runs, RA Tripathi 187, and Shubman Gill 180.
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Highlights today, Thursday 23-09-2021 – 34th Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
KKR won the toss and chose to bowl.
Morgan: “Bowling first worked well in the first game. Want to use the same formula. The wicket looks well put together. I think we can’t get complacent, sport has a funny way of biting you in the backside if you get ahead of yourself. It’s a different challenge here today. Same XI.”
Rohit: “Feeling good. Anmolpreet Singh who played well first game misses out. That’s the only change. Missed some basics of cricket in the first game. It was not a big target, certain areas we need to focus on. Hopefully, we can execute today.”
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Saurabh Tiwary, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Adam Milne, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Kolkata Knight Riders team: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Varun Chakravarthy.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Match No 34th
Post match presentation
Losing captain Rohit Sharma:
“Few areas. We started really well but didn’t get enough in the back end. Was a good pitch to bat on. Failed to capitalize on the start. We didn’t bowl pretty well to start with. We spoke about being on the stumps and let the batters take chances – however that didn’t happen. Things like that can happen. The basics of cricket are that you make small partnerships. That stopped us from taking on the bowlers. We’ve fought well in the past really well, hopefully, all of us can pull together. Points table is always there in the back of the mind. Important to know where you stand. I am OK.”
Rahul Tripathi (74 in 42):
“Very happy. The coach tells us to be positive and I feel that when you’re positive then the extra pressure goes towards the bowlers. It was important to hit the boundaries early. Dugout is very positive.”
Sunil Narine is the Player of the Match for his 1/20:
“Coming off a good amount of cricket in The Hundred and CPL. Getting better and better. It’s taken a while for me with this new action, and I’ve put a lot of work into it. Just want to continue the good work. Getting Rohit out in any type of cricket is good. It’s a key wicket against Mumbai. Varun likes to know about the game and asks a lot of questions. He’s a quick learner, someone who likes to know about cricket and has far to go. Flatter pitch than before but is not as quick as usual. I think my batting is based on what the team requirement is.”
Winning captain Eoin Morgan:
“It’s been a long time since we’ve played like this. Baz has taken over for almost two seasons, so the way we are playing is now getting into his style. To hold such a strong Mumbai team, and chase it down in the manner we did gives us confidence. We were trying to fit Iyer into the XI with a lot of talented guys, and it’s fantastic with the manner he has scored runs. We never put a number on him, on how many games he will get.
In the practice games, he has gone out to play this way. Baz backs him to the hilt. Just a second game for him but played with full confidence. Sunil and Varun are formidable bowlers. Sunil has been integral in winning KKR championships in the past. Varun is a fresh guy. The first two games in this second phase have been a great template for us to play. There’s only one way for us to go in the points table, and that’s up.”