The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in match number five. The match is set to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Notably, the first match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore was held at this venue. RCB sealed a last-ball thriller. And then, Kolkata too played at this venue, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma-led MI saw RCB get the better of them after a poor performance with the bat. However, MI will take courage from the fact that they bowled well and took the game down the wire. For KKR, a win in the first match will give them a lot of confidence. The heroics of Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi felt like a welcome bonus. KKR will also take heart from their bowling display. In this encounter expect the teams to have a cushion in terms of spin bowling.
In the first match we saw MI falling at least 20 runs short after managing 159/9. MI bowled well as RCB won the match by two wickets. This indicates that intelligent bowling and striking at the death can result in a tight affair. For KKR too, they bowled well and took things under control despite a fightback from Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey. Taking crucial wickets helped the eastern giants come out on top. Meanwhile, MI go into the game with a view of extending their record over KKR. They have a fantastic head-to-head record and won both their games last season.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
Chris Lynn’s impressive knock could see him get another game at the expense of Quinton de Kock. Lynn will be aiming to make his presence felt against former side KKR. The contributions from Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav will please the MI camp. One thing MI will look up to is the bowling of Hardik Pandya, who didn’t roll his arm in the first match. His progress will be key here. Jasprit Bumrah’s effectiveness is a massive weapon for the champions. He was excellent once again in the first match and given his record against KKR, it will be an ominous sign. The biggest positive for MI was the performance of youngster Marco Jansen. The South African speedster was wise with his pitching and earned valuable wickets. Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya need to be at their best against KKR, who play well against spin. Skipper Rohit Sharma will hope to rally his troops and start well now after another IPL opener loss.
For the Knights, they used Eoin Morgan’s leadership experience to earn a crucial win against SRH. This was their third successive win against the Orange Army. KKR are expected to go in with the same side that overcame SRH. Shakib Al Hasan, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy form a famed spin unit. Using Nitish Rana as an opener alongside Shubman Gill worked wonders for the side and the southpaw looks set to continue in his role. Tripathi was once again impressive and his progress will please the camp. What KKR will be worried about is the form of Andre Russell. The big-hitting West Indian scored five in the first match after a poor IPL 2020 season. They need Russell to come alive against a deadly MI unit. In the pace department, Prasidh Krishna and Pat Cummins gave a fair account of themselves against SRH and they would want to continue in the same vein.
Probable playing XIs: KKR vs MI
KKR Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh
MI Playing XI
Chris Lynn, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan
All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan (vc), Hardik Pandya
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Rahul Tripathi (c), Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Tripathi and Rohit Sharma are the top picks in terms of batsmen in both teams. Surya and Ishan are two-spirited individuals who bring immense value and character. Rohit has a terrific record against KKR and brings value atop. Tripathi has shown his credentials since last season and is a confident-looking person.
Shakib Al Hasan is our top choice as the all-rounder. He claimed one wicket against SRH but can offer more significance given his prowess in the format.
In the bowling segment, Boult, Bumrah and Cummins are safe options. All three pacers are international stars and are of great value in the format. Boult and Cummins can start well in PP overs as Bumrah can shine at the death.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices
Suryakumar Yadav is a definite choice as a leader of the Dream11 Fantasy team. With consistency and value under his belt, the MI top-order batsman can be a headache for his former side.
Tripathi has impressed largely for KKR since last season and brings a lot of character in the number three batting slot. He is a key asset for the side and his runs for KKR will bring immense value.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices
Shakib can be a great choice as vice-captain. The T20 star may have missed out with the bat against SRH, but he is an excellent player of both pace and spin and can rally the side in the middle overs. His left-arm spin will be of utmost significance as well.
Ishan Kishan can be a pick as vice-captain as well. He showed calibre in the first encounter against RCB and can take the game away in a flash against KKR.
Other choices: Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch will assist bowlers and bowling intelligently would be crucial. Pacers need to vary their lengths and bowl many cutters and slower balls. Batsmen will have their say too but need to look at their footwork and choice of shots. As far as the conditions are concerned, the temperature is set to be between 32-27 degree Celsius. There is no chance of rainfall and humidity could play its factor.
MA Chidambaram stats
The average first innings score in the IPL has been around the 160-run mark. Teams have also gone on to chase bigger totals at this venue. So anything in the 175 mark can be at par. In both matches here this season, the team which chased the game, won the encounter.
The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. MI have the edge with 21 wins. KKR have won the remaining 6 games.
Expect MI to make a stern comeback in this match. They have a more balanced outfit and if things click, KKR could be under the mat here. However, KKR will be a confident-looking side and if they can handle pressure well, an entertaining match could be on offer. We go with a win for MI though.