IPL 2021 live: Mumbai look to bounce back against KKR – News

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IPL 2021 live: Mumbai look to bounce back against KKR - News

Hello and welcome to the Khaleej Times live IPL blog.

Shakib bowls his fourth and final over and strikes for KKR. Dismisses the dangerous Suryakumar for 56 (36 balls) in the third ball as the batsman uses his feet and hits him only to be caught at long on. Ishan Kishan joins Rohit in the middle.

Score MI 88/2 after 11 overs (Rohit 27, Kishan 1)

Cummins is back into the attack and beat Suryakumar with his second ball, the ball missing the outside edge before hitting him in the pad in the next ball as the batsmen take a quick single. Then in the fifth ball, Suryakumar goes across and lifts Cummins over the square leg boundary for a huge six to bring up a wonderful half century.

Score MI 81/1 after 10 overs (Yadav 52, Rohit 25)

Shakib continues and bowls the ninth over after the drinks break. The Bangladesh star keeps it tight, not allowing the batsmen to free their arm.

Score MI 70/1 after 9 overs (Yadav 43, Rohit 23)

Prasidh Krishna, the impressive young pace bowler, has been brought in the eighth over of the innings and Suryakumar flicked him for a six in the third ball before punching him through the covers for a boundary. The next ball was edged to the third man boundary. 16 runs from the over. Biggest over for MI so far in this innings.

Score MI 64/1 after 8 overs (Yadav 40, Rohit 20)

Shakib bowls the seventh over and both Rohit and Suryakumar are happy to work the ball around, rotating the strike without looking to take any risk.

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Score MI 48/1 (Rohit 19, Yadav 25)

Pace was introduced finally by Eoin Morgan, in the final over of the power-play. Pat Cummins, the Australian fast-bowling spearhead, kept it nice and tight in the first three balls, but a little bit of width in the fourth ball, allowed Suryakumar Yadav to play the square cut for a boundary. Score MI 42/1 after 6 overs (Rohit 16, Yadav 22)

Smart move

In a smart move by the captain Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders started with their two spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy, against the Mumbai Indians.

The move paid off, with Harbhajan bowling a tight first over, giving away only three runs.

Then in the next over, Chakravarthy deceived Quinton de Kock in the air and the South African opener ended up giving a catch to Rahul Tripathi.

Rohit Sharma has looked comfortable so far against the two spinners and Suryakumar Yadav, using his feet beautifully, has hit three gorgeous fours.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan replaced Chakravarthy in the fourth over, giving away only five runs.

Change of ends for Chakravarthy as he comes back to bowl the fifth over and Rohit sweeps him in the final ball for his second boundary.

Score: MI 37/1 after 5 overs

KKR win toss

The Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and asked Mumbai Indians to bat first in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Tuesday.

Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt) 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Rahul Chahar, 9 Marco Jansen, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

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Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Nitish Rana, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Andre Russell, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Prasidh Krishna, 10 Harbhajan Singh, 11 Varun Chakravarthy

In the match today (6pm UAE Time), we have the five-time champions Mumbai Indians against the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

MI look to bounce back

Mumbai failed to find their top gear in their opening match against the RCB which they lost by two wickets.

They will be very determined tonight because any slip up against a competitive team like KKR means they will lose the first two matches of the new season.

That’s something they would like to avoid this season because, don’t forget, this brilliant Mumbai team is aiming to become the first team to win three IPL titles in a row.

Mumbai will be hoping that their formidable middle-order of Pollard, the Pandya brothers would click tonight.

Their bowlers still did a very good job against RCB as they were defending a relatively small total.

But it’s their star-studded batsmen that need to come to the party.

As for Kolkata, they know there is a difference between winning against Hyderabad and winning against Mumbai.

Hyderabad are still trying to find their best combinations in their team and yet they managed to put up a tough fight against Kolkata.

If Mumbai find their game tonight, there might not be many opportunities for Kolkata.

Once again, this match will be played in Chennai where traditionally the spinners have a role to play.

You have Rahul Chahar and Krunal on one side, and Harbhajan, Shakib Al Hasan and Varun Chakravarthy on the other side.

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It might be a case of which set of spinners bowl better or which set of batsmen play the spinners better on the night.

Likely teams

Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt) 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Rahul Chahar/Jayant Yadav, 9 Marco Jansen, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah

Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Nitish Rana, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Andre Russell, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Pat Cummins, 9 Prasidh Krishna, 10 Harbhajan Singh, 11 Varun Chakravarthy.




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