Mumbai Indians registered their maiden victory of IPL 2021 by beating KKR by 10 runs
Mumbai Indians registered their maiden victory of IPL 2021 by beating KKR by 10 runs

IPL 2021 KKR vs MI Highlights: Kolkata Knight Riders who won their first match of the IPL 2021 season set to face the Mumbai Indians for their second league match. Both the team lock their horns to play the second match of the season.

Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Toss Details: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and opt to bowl

Captains View 

Eoin Morgan | KKR

We are going to bowl first. Looks similar to the last one, not sure if the dew will come in. We are delighted, we are trying to play an aggressive brand of cricket. It’s a challenge to continue in that manner. No changes in the side. Shakib was handed a special cap to mark his 50th game for KKR.

Rohit Sharma | MI

We would have fielded first as well. There was some dew in the first game against RCB, but the ball was turning. Last game we were 20 runs short, so we need to bat well. Of course you want to win every game, but we didn’t play to our potential in the first game.

We need to understand where we went wrong and learn from it. We got only 30 runs in the last 4 overs, that was our mistake. We also discussed the shots to be playing on slow pitches. Let’s hope we rectify that today. Unfortunately, Lynn misses and de Kock is back.

Playing XI

Kolkata Knight Riders

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

Mumbai Indians

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

IPL 2021 KKR vs MI Highlights

Mumbai Indians Batting

Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gets in to the crease to open for the Mumbai Indians. Harbhajan Singh opens the bowling attack against Mumbai Indians.

Breaking the expectations de Kock returns to Pavillion after scoring just 2 runs. Varun Chakravarthy draws the first blood for MI by dismissing one of their opening batsmen.

Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma then join hands and makes a crucial partnership. Where Suryakumar Yadav loses his wicket after scoring a half-century.

In the mid of the 11th over Suryakumar Yadav loses his wicket to Shakib Al Hasan while scoring 56 runs.

Soon in the followed over Pat Cummins dismissed Ishan Kishan for just 1 run and makes quick wickets which slow down the MI’s run rate. After the skipper’s dismissal MI struggles to build a partnership and scored 152 runs for all 10 wickets down at the end of the 20 overs.

Kolkata Knight Riders Batting

Though MI set a moderate run target they have depth variations of bowlers in their squad to control the KKR’s batting unit.

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill gets in to chase down the target of 153 runs in the allotted 20 overs. Trent Boult opens the bowling attack against the KKR. Nitish Rana makes a lovely boundary of the very first delivery and makes an impressive start for the team.

MI bowlers struggled to make early wickets. While the KKR’s opening pair build a strong foundation for the KKR’s run chase by scoring 72 runs for their first wicket partnership.

Rahul Chahar is the player to make the first wicket for MI. Chahar dismissed Gill for 33 runs and breaks the deadly partnership.

Soon in a couple of overs, Rahul Tripathi got dismissed by the same young gun Rahul Chahar for 5 runs. KKR players struggle to build a perfect partnership for the run chase. KKR players struggle to score a decent double-digit run for the chase and start to fell in the MI bowlers trap.

At the end of the 20 overs KKR scored 142 runs for 7 wickets loss and loses the match by 10 runs difference.

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Man of the Match

  • Name: Rahul Chahar
  • Team: MI
  • Role: Bowler
  • Stats: 4 overs – 4 Wickets – 27 runs

There was pressure when they started well and a spinner had to pull it back. I enjoyed Tripathi’s wicket. I was confident in my abilities as I have been playing the IPL for 2-3 years.

I know Gill well, and I also know he can’t keep hitting me out of the park on a regular basis. I can spin at 90 kph and that’s my strength.

I had an idea about Nitish walking down the track, so I bowled a flipper outside off on the last ball of my spell. My confidence is sometimes down, but Rohit shows confidence in me to lift me up.

Mumbai Indians takes care of its players during the off-season as well, and that’s why it is such a special franchise.