Indian Super League 2021 Match 5
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – April 13th
Kolkata Knight Riders:
The Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a flawless start with a 10-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Although their big players Andre Russell and Eoin Morgan flopped with the bat, they had Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana’s uncapped pair to thank for boosting the team to a match-winning target.
KKR’s bowling line-up wasn’t really up to a point, but Varun Chakravarthy’s work should hold him in a good position. Not many changes are anticipated from the Knight Riders, given the game will be competed on the same ground.
Possible playing XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), and Varun Chakravarthy.
KKR’s rivals, the Mumbai Indians, got off to a bad start, following a last-ball loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021 opening game. Despite the loss, Marco Jansen’s excellent performance gave the Mumbai management some mental stimulation as they try and get their IPL 2021 battle back on track.
It shouldn’t be too hard for a team that boasts Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma’s likes to come back to winning ways. Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard’s existence in the top six also adds some much-required depth and stability to the side. MI’s bowling line-up will need to come up with superior performance, with Jasprit Bumrah being the crucial man.
Possible playing XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Trent Boult, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Suryakumar Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
5th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will witness Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns with the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai on 13th April Tuesday.
The wicket at the MA Chidambaram Stadium has been comprehensively on the slower side in IPL 2021. The speedsters have got the new ball to swing, bounce and seam around while also changing their pace to good impact.
There is sufficient turn on offer for the spin bowlers, making the middle overs a pivotal phase in the match framework. Batters will look to attack the bowling in the powerplay overs before the ball starts sticking to the pitch.
Dew could play a role later, imposing teams to choose to chase upon winning the toss. Although 155-165 runs should be standard at the venue, both sides have the batting to surpass it with comfort.
The odds could have been stiffer after very different opening games for both teams. KKR has the initial points, but Eoin Morgan’s side is comparatively far away outside at the odds of 2.10, while Mumbai is obvious favourites at 1.71.
Before Mumbai opened to dictate the IPL, they had a reputation for starting the campaign badly before grinding through to the playoffs at the end. That fashion could be set to come back, and a significant recovery is required on Tuesday. The toss could definitely be crucial: Kolkata won from the front against SRH, but most of the latest T20 games are for the teams chasing.
You may choose to wait for that toss, but we’re somewhat backing Mumbai. Several guys were poor against RCB, and, together, there should be a substantially superior performance this time out.