Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against Mumbai Indians in Match 34 of IPL 2021 on 23 September at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, UAE. Mumbai Indians, who were defeated by Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, will need a win to keep their top-four status, while a loss will drop them to the bottom half of the table. The Knight Riders, meanwhile, have made a strong start to the second phase of the IPL 2021 with a 9-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore. The win moved them up to fifth place from seventh, but they must keep winning to keep their chances of making the top four and earning a position in the play-offs alive.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for spinners.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 36 – 37 °C


Total matches                                 47

Matches won batting first              22

Matches won bowling first            25

Average 1st Inns scores              140

Average 2nd Inns scores             129

Highest total recorded                  225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                   87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                   166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended                129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He gave a decent performance in the first half of the IPL 2021. He took a wicket in the last IPL match.

Matches – 318

Runs – 6183

Average – 27.48

2) Quinton de Kock – The left-handed batsman has gained a reputation for his daring striking and deft glovework. He scored 17 runs in the last match against CSK.

Matches – 229

Runs – 6919

Average – 34.25

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – The right-handed batsman’ adept skills that translates into quick runs has led MI, from the bottom of the points table to numerous victories. He is in great form and a lot of fans are banking on him. He is fit to play the upcoming match for MI.

Matches – 350

Runs – 9315

Average – 32.18

2) Suryakumar Yadav – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive player whose career is built on consistent performances. He doesn’t fear innovating and has a strong hand for shorter formats.

Matches – 182

Runs – 3882

Average – 31.30                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3) Shubman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 59

Runs – 1397

Average – 31.75

4) SS Tiwary – The left handed batsman’s growth as a stable and strong middle order player has been steady and towards a glorious future for his team. He is an experienced player in this format and an asset to his team.

Matches – 167

Runs – 3135

Average – 28.76

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Prasidh Krishna – The right arm medium fast bowler is an asset for KKR and took rapid strides to cement his place as a valuable player to the squad. He has given good fantasy points and bowled phenomenal spells in the 1st leg of IPL 2021. He took a wicket in the last match against RCB.

Matches – 48

Wickets – 42

Economy – 34.52

2) Varun Chakravarthy – Varun dropped from second to fourth division in league cricket to experiment with different strategies and changed his movement somewhat and added new dimensions to his bowling. He has laddered up the ranks in his team with tactical bowling.

Matches – 25

Wickets – 30

Economy – 6.94

3) Trent Boult – The left-arm fast medium bowler’s ability to swing the new ball and change up the pace and lengths in the death overs makes him a lethal bowler. He took 2 wickets in the last IPL match.

Matches – 129

Wickets – 151

Economy – 8.32

4) Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit’ quick warm-up is followed by a fast-paced bowling action. Despite his small stature, he has mastered the knack of bowling inch-perfect yorkers. This death bowler is an impressive player and an asset for MI as he took 2 wickets in the last match against CSK.

Matches – 180

Wickets -217

Economy – 7.04

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Andre Russel – The right-handed batsman and right arm fast bowler is a hard hitter who played phenomenal innings in his recent CPL matches. He is coming off with great form. He took 3 wickets in the last match against RCB.

Matches – 380

Runs – 6385

Average – 26.60

Wickets – 339

Economy – 8.40

2) Kieron Pollard – He is a dangerous lower middle order batsman who can also bowl medium speed with subtle changes of pace. His destructive batting skills is a cause of concern for even experienced bowlers.

Matches – 562

Runs – 11174

Average – 31.74

Wickets – 298

Economy – 8.22

Predicted Playing 11

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma/Anmolpreet Singh, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Sourabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne.


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