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KKR vs MI: Lynn misses, de Kock is back

Defending Champions Mumbai will try their best to beat KKR as Rohit Sharma's men are desperate to register victory after they lost to RCB in the first match.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: April 14, 2021 9:43:13 am
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Fresh from their clinical display against Sunrisers Hyderabad, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to set the record straight against nemesis Mumbai Indians in their second IPL match in Mumbai on Tuesday.

Having missed the last two playoffs, KKR looked a completely different unit, in the manner in which they defeated SRH by 10 runs in their IPL opener on Sunday.

FOLLOW: KKR vs MI Live Cricket Score

Be it the aggression shown by the top-order or the explosive finish by Dinesh Karthik, KKR’s displayed a fearless approach under skipper Eoin Morgan. Morgan’s intent was evident right at the toss when he chose to leave out their most-trusted lieutenant, Sunil Narine.

MI will pose real challenge for KKR as the title hoders would be desperate to secure their first win of the season after their two-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL opener on Friday. KRR found it easy against SRH bowlers, which lacked firepower but in Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, MI attack will be a completely different proposition.

Squads (from):

KKR: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi.

MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar.


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19:04 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Toss Time!

Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have opted to field.

18:37 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Rewind: Rohit Sharma
18:25 (IST)13 Apr 2021
KKR vs MI: An hour to go
18:16 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Rohit Sharma speaks before the game:
18:16 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Head to Head:

Here is the record between the two sides-


18:05 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Injury Updates:

Hardik Pandya has a shoulder niggle but should play. De Kock is out of quarantine and is available for selection.KKR have the full squad available for selection.

18:04 (IST)13 Apr 2021
MI Probable XI:

Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn/Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah

18:03 (IST)13 Apr 2021
KKR Probable XI:

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.

18:03 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Will Lynn fire against former club?
17:25 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Archer cleared to train again after hand surgery

Jofra Archer has been cleared to resume light training following surgery for a freak hand injury with no timeline for his return to competitive action

16:59 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Bhuvneshwar wins ICC Player of the Month award for exploits against England

Experienced India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Tuesday won the ICC Player of the Month award for his superlative show in the limited overs series against England in March. The 31-year-old Indian took six wickets at an economy rate of 4.65 in the three ODIs, while capturing four wickets at a fantastic economy rate of 6.38 in the five T20Is to emerge as the standout bowler on either side in the white ball series.

16:30 (IST)13 Apr 2021
MI bowling unit

While their bowling unit has been heavily reliant on Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, lack of support from their lead spinner Rahul Chahar hampered their chances of defending a mediocre total. This may have dampened their spirit a little, but knowing the toughness of their squad, we can expect a cricketing feast for both teams on Tuesday.

15:45 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Don't see anything wrong with Kuldeep's bowling: Harbhajan

Kuldeep Yadav may have struggled to keep a place in the playing eleven of the national team as well as in the Kolkata Knight Riders side but veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh does not see anything wrong with his bowling and said he would come back stronger. Once a vital cog in India and KKR's attack, the chinaman bowler has struggled recently and he is not a regular in the playing XI. "I don't see anything with Kuldeep's bowling. He's been a match-winner for Team India and for KKR. I'm sure he will come good for KKR and also later on for Team India as well," Harbhajan said, strongly backing the fellow KKR spinner.

15:16 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Focus on Rana

Rana's deft wrist work and brute power was on full display on Sunday and it ensured that they stayed ahead despite Rashid Khan's twin blows in the form of Gill and Russell. After Rana's 56-ball 80, it was underfire Karthik who hit an unbeaten 22-run cameo from nine balls to propel KKR to a winning total of 187 for 6. And KKR would look to come out all guns blazing against the five-time champions on Tuesday.

14:49 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Head to head

MI and KKR have played 27 matches against each other. The former has been dominatingly triumphant, having won 21 of those encounters. This head-to-head record is something no team has against any other team in the IPL.

14:43 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Rohit Sharma vs KKR

Numbers tell a story of captain Ro having particularly taken a liking for KKR. He has scored a humungous 823 runs for the Men in Blue and Gold against the next opponents, a whopping 457 runs ahead of second-placed Surya in the current team. Rohit also scored his only IPL century against KKR. He will be looking to get back to scoring and winning ways with this game.

14:39 (IST)13 Apr 2021
MI vs KKR: Stats

In MI’s first game and the season opener against RCB, the latter won by a small margin of two wickets in the last ball of the game. While KKR’s outing against SRH too was a closely fought one, they came out on the winning side that day. The two teams will be looking to win - KKR to keep up momentum and MI to kickstart their league stage victory count.

14:26 (IST)13 Apr 2021
The return of Quinton

South African wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock, who joined the Mumbai Indians camp late owing to national duties, will be available for the upcoming game. Chris Lynn, who opened the innings with Rohit in de Kock’s absence, top scored for the team in that game with a 35-ball-49. Selectors will have a tough time choosing between the two for the next game.

14:20 (IST)13 Apr 2021
KKR's pace battery charged?

The pace attack combo of Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna, along with some great death bowling from Andre Russell, were instrumental in restricting the opposition and also picking up crucial wickets to dent the scoring rate. And with the likes of Shakib Al Hasan, Varun Chakravarthy and Harbhajan Singh in the ranks, the bowling attack looked pretty effective on a sluggish Chepauk wicket. Now, with all these positives drawn from the first match, Eoin Morgan & Co. look all set to face the defending champions, who in all likelihood will behave like a wounded tiger after encountering an opening game loss!

14:07 (IST)13 Apr 2021
Will KKR's batting overpower MI bowling might?

The KKR batting unit looked in sublime form as they posted a solid total in the first innings, courtesy a Nitish Rana special. Along with him, Rahul Tripathi's exuberance and Dinesh Karthik's experience down the order as a finisher worked wonders. The batting powerhouse looked completely sorted with a perfect blend of youth and experience that can help the Knights win games from any situation.

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