The latest encounter between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab served as yet another reminder of why the Indian Premier League is such a fantastic competition. The Rajasthan Royals’ victory has clearly opened up the points table, and the race for fourth place between the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Rajasthan Royals is now well and truly on.
The upcoming encounter will be crucial in determining who will occupy the fourth position, at least for the time being. The match will be contested on September 23, 2021, at the Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Given the positions of these two teams, this is a crucial encounter, and both are expected to go all guns blazing. A cracker of a match is undoubtedly on the cards, and it is not one to be missed.
Match Details to Note
Match: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021, Match 34
Date: September 23, 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Team Previews
Even though the Mumbai Indians lost their first encounter of the second half of the season, they are unconcerned. After all, they’re notorious for being sluggish starts and strong finishes. However, things will be tough for them in the future because they do not have many matches to get things rolling for them.
Mumbai Indians now sit in fourth place on the points table, having earned eight points in as many games. They have a solid net run to go along with their four points, but they’ll want to get more victories under their belt to stay in the top half of the points table.
While the Mumbai Indians may take a lot of positives from their recent game, they will largely focus on the areas that need to be improved. They gave a lot of runs towards the death against Chennai Super Kings, but the fact that they enabled CSK to score runs is something they should think about.
We anticipate a few changes to their starting lineup, including the return of Rohit Sharma. Quinton de Kock looked fantastic against the Chennai Super Kings, and with Rohit Sharma returning, the Mumbai Indians’ opening duo looks as good as any. In fact, you may bet on the duo scoring a fifty-run partnership, which appears to be rather profitable given the odds.
Mumbai Indians Squad
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult
Predicted XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
The Kolkata Knight Riders couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Indian Premier League 2021’s second half. They not only made their comeback with a win in their first encounter after the break, but they did it so effectively that they are now in contention for a spot in the top four.
Currently in sixth position on the points table, a win for Kolkata Knight Riders will move them up to fourth place. As of now, they have three wins in eight games and a respectable net run rate of 0.110.
Their performance against the Royal Challengers Bangalore was markedly different from how they had performed in the first half of the competition. While their bowlers were already doing a good job, their batsmen suddenly appeared more assured and prepared. Shubhman Gill was more aggressive in his approach; and he was strongly supported at the top of the order by Venkatesh Iyer. Also, sending Andre Russell to bat third in the last match was a positive move; indicating that he may be promoted to bat higher in future matches.
Overall, the Kolkata Knight Riders finally got the things right that they had been battling with in the first half of the tournament. Having said that, their middle-order is still mostly untested, and it would be intriguing to watch how it performs against Mumbai Indians’ experienced bowling attack. On paper, they appear to have an abundance of firepower. If Kolkata Knight Riders can keep Mumbai Indians’ strike bowlers at bay, defeating them would be extremely difficult.
Kolkata Knight Riders Squad
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Rinku Singh, Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Toss Prediction
The early wetness on the wicket may help the bowlers, and both teams will try to capitalize on it by bowling first. In the second inning, dew may make it difficult for bowlers to hold the ball.
To Win the Toss – Mumbai Indians – 1.85
To Win the Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.85
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pacers will run on a somewhat greenish track with spongy tennis bounce in Abu Dhabi. The ball may seam and swing about a little until it loses its luster. Spinners may love this track’s sticky bounce. In this encounter, we anticipate an average score of 160-170 runs.
Temperatures in Abu Dhabi will be in the mid-40s, with humid conditions in the evening. Dew might fall throughout the second innings of the game.
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match Prediction
We’re only a few days into the second half of the competition and we’re already looking at qualifying scenarios. From that perspective, this match is critical, especially because the fourth spot on the ladder is at stake. The two teams had diametrically opposed runs throughout the first half of the competition, but that is no longer relevant.
However, Kolkata Knight Riders just won a fantastic game, while Mumbai Indians were unable to compete with the Super Kings. Given that, plus the fact that the Kolkata Knight Riders look to have a more balanced side, at least on paper, betting on a KKR win should be the way to go here.
Mumbai Indians is the favorites to beat Kolkata Knight Riders at the odds of 1.67.
- MI has 8 points from 8 games, while KKR has 6 points from 8 games.
- In IPL history, Mumbai Indians has a 21-6 win-loss record against KKR (most dominant win-loss record).
- In their previous match this season, the Kolkata Knight Riders were defeated by the Mumbai Indians by a score of 10 runs.
- The batting order of Mumbai Indians is strong and experienced
- Kolkata Knight Riders have more strength in their bowling department
- KKR is weak when it comes to power-hitting
- Mumbai Indians have depth in the batting and bowling
Overall Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* – ComeOn
Who will win the toss? – Mumbai Indians
Who will win the match? – Mumbai Indians
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Shubman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians), Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Most Sixes – Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians), Andre Russell (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Player of the Match – Rohit Sharma
Team Scores Batting first – Mumbai Indians 180+, Kolkata Knight Riders 170+
*Note: These predictions might change at the start of the match once the final playing squad have been announced.
More Odds & Betting Tips
- Rohit Sharma leads with 3.50 odds to be the top team batsman for Mumbai Indians. Quinton de Kock follows with odds of 3.75 in the same market. BET NOW!
- Shubman Gill has odds of 4.00 to be the top KKR batsman while Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi follow with 4.50 odds each. BET NOW!
- Jasprit Bumrah is priced at 3.50 odds to be the top MI bowler whereas Lockie Ferguson leads to be the top KKR bowler at 3.60 odds. BET NOW!
Your ComeOn Recommended Betting Odds:
MI Top Batsman – Rohit Sharma – 3.50
MI Top Bowler – Jasprit Bumrah – 3.50
KKR Top Batsman – Shubman Gill – 4.00
Most Sixes in Match – MI – 1.87
Most Fours in Match – MI – 1.85
Highest Individual Score – Over 67.5 – 2.07
Highest Individual Score – Under 67.5 – 1.65
The Highest Opening Partnership:
1st Over Total Runs – Over 5.5 – 1.95
1st Over Total Runs – Under 5.5 – 1.75