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IPL 2021: KKR vs MI Preview and Predicted Eleven

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Defending champions Mumbai Indians are going to face Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai in the Indian Premier League on April 13. KKR have won their first match by 10 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad but MI had lost their opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Both teams have balanced sides and the fans are waiting to watch an exciting clash between them.

Inside KKR:

The team is now in a positive mindset after their first win against SRH. The top-order batsmen had played really well specially Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi. The cameo of Karthik was also brilliant. So there may be no change in the batting for the upcoming match.

The bowling was also very good specially in the powerplay. The pace duo Krishna and Cummins had beautifully executed their plans. The spin bowlers had gone for runs. Only Shakib has picked a wicket among the spinners.

Dinesh Karthik has played a 22 runs innings in 9 balls

Harbhajan Singh had bowled only one over. We may see Shivam Mavi in the next match replacing him.

Inside MI:

Chris Lynn batted so well in the opening match. But Quinton de Kock will be out of quarantine and likely to be opening for the side. In the first match, Rahul Chahar was much expensive for the side. So experienced Piyush Chawla may be brought into the playing XI.

De Cock will return to Mumbai Indians Squad

Marco Jensen was impressive in his debut and likely to stay in the XI. Though Pollard couldn’t do that much in the first game the team will be looking at him to deliver.

KKR vs MI Match Details:

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Time: April 13, 7:30pm IST

KKR vs MI: What to expect

The pitch is not the traditional turning and slow pitch. There is something for bowlers and batsmen if they can adapt to the nature of the pitch. Winning the toss it will be good to bat first and put 180+ runs in the first innings. Both the teams have power hitters and the chase will be interesting to see.

Probable XI for KKR:

Nitish Rana and Shubhman Gill will be opening for KKR. Rahul Tripathi will bat at no. 3. The skipper Eoin Morgan should bat at no. 4. KKR may send Dinesh Karthik ahead of  Andre Russell this time.

Rahul Trpathi has played brilliant knock

Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Cha:kravarthy will be spinners in this game. Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna will be the first bowlers. Harbhajan Singh or Shivam Mavi can play. We may see Kuldeep also.

KKR team against MI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh / Kuldeep Yadav/ Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.

Probable XI for MI:

De Kock may return into the playing eleven. That means Lynn has to be benched. The batting line will be the same otherwise. Surya and Ishan Kishan have to be more responsible this time. We may see Surya Kumar Yadav up in the order.

Jimmy Neesham can play instead of Marco Jensen but the probability is low. Bumrah and Boult will continue the pace attack. Piyush Chawla can be seen as the leg spinner in the match.

Hardik has to spark to win matches for Mumbai Indians

MI team against KKR: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen/ Jimmy Neesham, Rahul Chahar/ Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah.

Hemanta Adhikary
A young, enthusiastic sports lover and passionate about cricket.

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