IPL 2021: KKR gift the match to Mumbai Indians


Playing Kolkata Knight Riders presents perfect opportunity for the Mumbai Indians to bounce back after the defeat off the last ball against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Having won 21 of the 27 completed matches, including nine in the last ten, the defending champions are without a doubt favourites to win the contest.

They are also bolstered by the return of their regular opener Quinton de Kock, who had to sit out of the tournament opener as he was serving a mandatory quarantine on arrival from South Africa.

MI's power-packed middle and lower batting unit comprising the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard among others batting are too good to fail as a whole twice in a row.

Containing them will be a big challenge for Kolkata Knight Riders who on Sunday scored a close but impressive win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

But this Knight Riders team, playing under a World Champion captain showed in their opening-game win just how they will be playing this season. Their uncapped Indian players Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi are beaming with confidence after hitting half-centuries. With the ball, Pat Cummins and Shakib Al Hasan provide variations and captain Morgan certainly showed in the first match his ability to use bowling options smartly.

All in all, the match promises a cracker of a game between two teams with different styles.


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

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

Probable XIs

KKR: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Harbhajan Singh and Varun Chakravarthy

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah.


Total Played: 27 | Mumbai Indians Won: 21 | Kolkata Knight Riders Won: 6

Rohit unbelievable against KKR: Harbhajan

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
"Rohit is unbelievable against KKR. Having said that, it takes one ball to get anyone out and we need to get him early. He scores against KKR every time, maybe this time he won't, and then we'll be able to put pressure on Mumbai."
Harbhajan Singh, Kolkata Knight Riders

Problem of plenty a good problem to have: Zaheer

"It's a good headache to have. We are lucky and fortunate to have such a squad where people are waiting to grab those opportunities and pushing each other."
Zaheer Khan, on choosing between Chris Lynn and de Kock as opener

Mumbai Indians team update: Offspinner Jayant Yadav likely to replace legspinner Rahul Chahar

Toss will be crucial: Chepauk remains one of the few IPL grounds that favours the side batting first

36 of the 59 IPL games played at Chepauk have been won by the team that has batted first.

Karthik has advantage over Bumrah

IPL 2021: KKR gift the match to Mumbai Indians

Karthik has a strike rate of 192 against Mumbai Indians' ace-pacer

Special moment for Shakib

Toss at 7pm: Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and choose to field

Playing XI

Mumbai Indians: Q de Kock (wk), R Sharma (c), S Yadav, I Kishan, H Pandya, K Pollard, K Pandya, M Jansen, R Chahar, J Bumrah, T Boult

Kolkata Knight Riders: S Gill, N Rana, R Tripathi, E Morgan (c), D Karthik (wk), S Al Hasan, A Russell, P Cummins, H Singh, V Chakaravarthy, P Krishna

KKR have retained their Playing XI from the last game against Sunrisers

Captains Speak

Looks a similar wicket to the one we played on the other night. We're not sure if dew will come in or not.
Eoin Morgan says, after winning the toss
We would have fielded first as wel l.But in the first game against RCB, the ball was turning in the second innings even though there was dew, so that's a positive.
Rohit Sharma

Match begins at 7.30

Rohit Sharma takes guard opposite Q de Kock. Harbhajan Singh to open bowling once again

Good opening over comes to an end

End of Over 1: MI (3-0)

Spin from both ends

Varun Chakaravarthy to share new ball with Harbhajan


Rohit waits on the backfoot and dispatches short ball over midwicket

WICKET! de Kock departs

Tripathi at Long-on runs in to complete a high catch

Quinton de Kock c Tripathi b Varun 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in

Harbhajan to continue

Heart in mouth stuff from Suryakumar Yadav

Back-to-back boundaries that almost went in hands

Another FOUR! Yadav on a roll

This time on the off side between extra cover and mid-off

End of Over 3: MI (24-1)

Shakib to bowl fourth over

End of a quiet over: MI 28-1 (4 overs)

Suryakumar Yadav* 15 (10) Rohit Sharma*10 (8)

Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-4-0 Harbhajan Singh 2-0-17-0

Varun to continue

Four of the last ball

End of Over 5: MI (37-1)

Cummins to bowl final over of the powerplay

Rohit Sharma 16 (11) Suryakumar Yadav 17 (13)

Varun Chakravarthy 2-0-16-1 Shakib Al Hasan1-0-4-0

Average score at Chennai in 20 over match - 173

FOUR! Yadav taking on KKR's premier fast bowler

End of Powerplay: MI (42-1)

Suryakumar Yadav 22 (19) | Rohit Sharma 16 (11)

Pat Cummins 1-0-5-0 | Varun Chakravarthy 2-0-16-1

Shakib to continue

End of Over 7: MI (48-1)

6 runs off the over

Rohit holds the IPL record for most runs (939) against a particular opponent (Knight Riders, in this case). If he gets 61 today, he will become the first man to hit 1000 runs against one opponent.

Prasidh Krishna to bowl Over 8

SIX followed by a consecutive boundaries!

A six over midwicket followed by 2 fine fours

End of Over 8: MI (64-1)

16 runs from the over

Suryakumar Yadav 40 (27) | Rohit Sharma 20 (15)

Prasidh Krishna 1-0-16-0 | Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-10-0


8 runs per over from here: 160

Mumbai Indians look set for at least 190 with a kind of line up they have. Pollard, Ishan Kishan, and Pandya brothers all still to come in

Shakib will bowl Ninth over

End of a quiet over: MI (70-1 in 9 overs)

Six singles from it

Cummins come back; Morgan searching for wicket

SIX! It should be given a 12! SKY hits it high to bring up his 50 

On the roof! front leg out of the way and he hits a 99-metre six on the leg side

End of Over 10: MI (81-1)

Shakib to bowl 11th over


Shakib tosses it up and Suryakumar falls for it. Gill makes the high catch look simple. End of a brilling knock

Suryakumar Yadav c Shubman Gill b Shakib Al Hasan 56 (36b 7x4 2x6) SR: 155.55

Ishan Kishan is the new man in to face Pat Cummins

WICKET! Back-to back wickets for KKR and they are back in it

Short ball does the trick for Cumins. Kishan hits it straight to fine leg

Ishan Kishan c Prasidh Krishna b Cummins 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Hardik Pandya is the new man in

End of Over 12: MI (91-3)

End of Over 13: MI (94-3)

Varun bowls a great over. Hardik has scored just four of 10 balls he has faced

Prasidh Krishna to bowl Over 14. Mumbai Indians will lokk to target the young bowler


Hardik Pandya breaks the shackles!


Rohit Sharma puts the short ball into the stands in his signature style.

End of Over 14: MI (106-3)

12 runs from the over

Rohit Sharma 36 (27) | Hardik Pandya 9 (12)

Prasidh Krishna 2-0-28-0 | Varun Chakravarthy 3-0-19-1

Varun to bowl 15th Over

FOUR! Rohit plays a delicate late cut

Rohit 41 off 30

End of Over 15: MI (114-3)

Five overs to go: 170 looks reasonable unless the Hitman and Hardik take off! 

Cummins to bowl his final over

WICKET! Hitman departs

120km/hr off cutter and Rohit Sharma chips it back onto the stumps

Rohit Sharma b Cummins 43 (32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 134.37

Pollard is the new man in

End of Over 16: MI (119-4)

Cummins finishes off a fine spell

Kieron Pollard4 (4) | Hardik Pandya 11 (15)

Pat Cummins 4-0-24-2 | Varun Chakravarthy 4-0-27-1

Prasidh Krishna to bowl at Hardik and Pollard. He hasn't had a good day so far

WICKET! Hardik's sorry stay at the middle comes to an end

Mid-off takes a simple catch and change of pace does it for Prasidh

Hardik Pandya c Russell b Prasidh Krishna 15 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

End of Over 17: MI (125-5)

Projected scores nose diving here

Time for some Caribbean flavour. Andre Russell into the attack from around the wicket

WICKET! Pollard perishes!

Pollard looks to smash one outside off only to nick it back to Dinesh Karthik

Kieron Pollard c †Karthik b Russell 5 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.5

WICKET! What a way to bowl first over

Wide outside off and Jansen tries to clear the ropes

Marco Jansen c Cummins b Russell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

End of Over 18: MI (130-7)

Prasidh to continue

This has been a great comeback by KKR bowlers. 190 looked getable at one stage but Mumbai Indians might end up with less than 160

Much-needed boundary

Krunal helps it down the leg side

End of Over 19: MI (142-7)

Russell to bowl final over


Bumrah departs the next ball after Krunal throws his wicket

Jasprit Bumrah c Shakib Al Hasan b Russell 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0

Krunal Pandya c Prasidh Krishna b Russell 15 (9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

WICKET! Andre Russell has a fifer in 2 over spell

Star-studded Mumbai Indians fall like nine pins

Rahul Chahar c Shubman Gill b Russell 8 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

Mumbai Indians are ALL OUT!

152-10 (20 Overs)

Innings Break

Trent Boult to open the bowling for Mumbai Innings

Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill are on the crease

FOUR! First ball and Nitish Rana finds the gap on the off side. GREAT Start for 2-time champions 

End of Over 1: KKR (4-0)

Jansen to bowl 2nd Over

End of a quiet over: KKR (8-0 in 2 overs)

Boult to continue

RANA strokes glorious SIX followed by a FOUR! 

End of Over 3: KKR (19-0)

Rohit Sharma brings Bumrah to get some wickets

End of Over 4: KKR (28-0)

9 runs from the over

KKR need 125 from 96 balls

Shubman Gill 7 (6) | Nitish Rana 21 (18)

Jasprit Bumrah 1-0-9-0 | Trent Boult2-0-15-0

Krunal Pandya introduced

End of Over 5: KKR (32-0)

Only 4 from it

Jansen to bowl final over of the power play

Gill stamps his authority now!

Back-to-back classic boundaries

End of Over 6: KKR (45-0)

KKR manage to survive powerplay without losing a wicket

Rahul Chahar to bowl 7th over

KKR playing proper cricket. Bring up 50 without casualty 

Mumbai Indians desperately need wickets

End of Over 7: KKR (50-0)

Nitish Rana 26 (24) | Shubman Gill 22 (18)

Krunal Pandya 2-0-9-0 | Marco Jansen 2-0-17-0

Can Pollard emulate what his fellow  Caribbean did tonight? He is in to bowl 8th Over

Andre Russell took 15-5 in 2 overs in first innings

SIX followed by a FOUR!

Both Rana and Gill seem prepared for slower ones

End of Over 8: KKR (62-0)

Shubman Gill 23 (19) | Nitish Rana 37 (29)

Kieron Pollard1-0-12-0 | Krunal Pandya 2-0-9-0

Playing Chahar ahead of an offspinner seems a selection blunder from Mumbai Indians


Gill loses his wicket trying to go for a kill!

Shubman Gill c Pollard b Chahar 33 (24b 5x4 1x6) SR: 137.5

Tripathi is the new man in

End of Over 9: KKR  (73-1)

Rohit Sharma brings Boult back to get wickets

End of Over 10: (88-1)

Chahar to continue

WICKET! Chahar picks up his 2nd wicket

BIG WICKET! Tripathi departs. Mumbai Indians crawling back in this game

Rahul Tripathi c †de Kock b Chahar 5 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100

End of Over 11: KKR (85-2)

Bumrah to bowl next over

Captain Morgan is the new man in

Oh! What a shot by Morgan. FOUR!

Short ball helped over the Keeper's head. Easy as Sunday Morning!

End of Over 12: KKR (97-2) 

56 needed in 48 balls. KKR's game to lose now

FIFTY for Rana

Another fine performance by the left-hander. 50 off 40 balls

Morgan on Strike

WICKET! Morgan's poor form continues. Chahar picks up his third wicket

Eoin Morgan c Jansen b Chahar 7 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100

End of Over 13: KKR (104-3)

KKR need 49 from 42

Nitish Rana 52 (42) | Shakib Al Hasan 0 (0)

Rahul Chahar3-0-22-3 | Jasprit Bumrah2-0-16-0

Rohit Sharma (You read the name right) comes in to bowl 14th over

Almost a wicket off the first ball for Rohit Sharma

Shakib under edges it between keeper's legs for FOUR!

End of Over 14:KKR (113-3)

Chahar has been impressive. He is in to bowl his final over

WICKET! Needless from Rana

There was absolutely no need to step out of the crease when required rate is under control

Nitish Rana st †de Kock b Chahar 57 (47b 6x4 2x6) SR: 121.27

Over of Over 15: KKR (122-4) 

Krunal in to bowl an all important over

WICKET! KKR having a panic attack here

Lofted straight to deep square!

Shakib Al Hasan c Yadav b KH Pandya 9 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100

DROPPED! Krunal drops Andre Russell

End of Over 16: KKR (123-5) 

Now, what can Bumrah produce

30 needed off 24 balls

FREE HIT! Russell on Strike

FOUR! Russell capitalises on mistake

End of Over 17: KKR(131-5)

Krunal to bowl 18th over

End of Over 18: KKR (134-5)

Bumrah to bowl 19th Over 

End of Over 19: KKR (138-5) 

Boult to Russell 1 run

Boult to Karthik 1run


What a turn around. Another Wicket! Cummins departs

13 off 2 required

Harbhajan on strike. 2 runs

11 off 1

Dot ball

Stunning win for the champion side

KKR gift the match to Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians (MI) rallied to pull off a 10-run win as profligate Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen threw away their wickets to make a mess of a modest 152-run target in an Indian Premier League match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.

After Andre Russell's five-wicket haul in just two overs (5/15) helped KKR bowl out a power-packed MI for 152 in 20 overs, KKR batsmen lost the plot despite getting off to a flying start.

At one stage, KKR were 104/2 and needed just 49 runs off 43 balls with a victory looking like a formality. A solid half-century by opener Nitish Rana (57 off 47), his second successive fifty in this IPL, had given KKR a perfect start. His 72-run opening stand with Shubman Gill (33) had pushed MI bowlers' backs to the wall.

However, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar tempted the top four KKR batsmen -- Rana, Gill, Rahul Tripathi and skipper Eoin Morgan -- into committing mistakes as they threw their wickets away in the process. Chahar's four-wicket haul (4/27) left KKR at 122/4 after 15 overs.

The game was still in KKR's grasp as they needed 31 off 30 balls. However, Shakib Al Hasan too wasted his wicket, getting caught in the deep off the bowling of Krunal Pandya.

Some tight bowling by MI bowlers then ensured that neither Russell nor Dinesh Karthik could free their arms. KKR needed 15 off the last over which proved to be too much against Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, who took two wickets in his final over.

Earlier, Mumbai too squandered a good start they got through Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma despite the loss of an early wicket and a less productive power-play stage.

Yadav (56 off 36 balls) decided to take on the KKR attack and began playing his shots after the spinners, who bowled five of the six power-play overs, had curtailed MI.

Yadav, who hit three fours in Harbhajan Singh's second over, smashed two sixes and seven fours as he looked to take MI to a strong total.

However, his dismissal off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan in the 11th over when MI were cruising at 86/1 triggered a collapse. MI soon lost Ishan Kishan who was dismissed by Pat Cummins in the 12th over, and a few overs later, the defending champions saw the back of skipper Rohit Sharma who struggled to get going against the spinners.

Rohit, who shared a 76-run second-wicket partnership with Yadav, made 43 off 32 balls.

The famed MI middle and lower-order batting, which features plenty of hard-hitters, failed to get going. Soon after Rohit's dismissal, MI lost the wickets of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard in the space of six balls. South African Marco Jansen's dismissal then left MI reeling at 126/7 after 18 overs.

Medium-pacer Russell hadn't bowled till the 17th over. But in his first over, the 18th of the innings, he got rid of Kieron Pollard (5) and Marco Jansen (0) and in the last over of the match, he sent back Krunal Pandya (15), Jasprit Bumrah (0) and Rahul Chahar (8) to return with dream figures of 5/15.

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