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IPL 2021 | MI vs KKR match preview: Predicted playing XI, betting odds and where to watch live

IPL 2021 | MI vs KKR match preview: Predicted playing XI, betting odds and where to watch live

IPL 2021 | MI vs KKR match preview: Predicted playing XI, betting odds and where to watch live
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By Pradeep Suresh  Apr 13, 2021 6:16:55 PM IST (Updated)

Not many teams have dominated the other in the way the Mumbai franchise has against KKR.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), currently sitting at the second position in the points table, are scheduled to take on five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) in today's clash. The fifth match of the 14th season of the IPL will see MI trying to settle down on the Chennai pitch where they will play the bulk of their initial matches. On the other hand, Eoin Morgan's KKR will be nervous too as they don't have a good head to head record against Rohit Sharma's MI.

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Not many teams have dominated the way the Mumbai franchise has versus KKR. With 21 defeats against MI in their 27 past encounters the Kolkata side has more than couple of things to prove.  KKR have lost against MI in crucial situations including their second meeting in the 2019 edition that saw the Kolkata side exit without reaching the knockout stage.
With Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik and Eoin Morgan at the top, the Kolkata side seems to have overcome the batting troubles that plagued them in the last two seasons. While Russel's form and Sunil Narain’s absence is a concern Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib-Al- Hassan seems to have more than filled the vacuum. The bowling attack led by veterans Pat Cummins and Harbhajan Singh is also performing like a well-oiled machine. And the fact that the side is without any serious injury concerns makes it even better.
Key player: 
Opening batsman Nitish Rana has been the backbone of the outfit for a while. The southpaw has been one of the many players who have failed to make it to the international level despite a great track record. If Rana comes to bat with a devil may care attitude then the Mumbai side will certainly sweat a little more.
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.
Squad: 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, Sunil Narine, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora.
For Mumbai, the biggest challenge will be to live up to the hype. Not only must the Mumbai side maintain its domination against KKR, but they also have the pressure of defending the title.
Despite the defeat in the first match the challenge for MI will be to select a playing 11 from a squad filled with talent. While regular opener Quinton de Kock is back it will not be easy for the side to leave Chris Lynn who performed superbly in the first match. While the pace trio of Jansen, Boult and Bumrah seems to be doing ok there is a concern with the spin duo of Krunal and Chahar who seem to struggle with dew.
Key player: With nearly 1000 runs against KKR, Rohit Sharma has proved again and again that the Kolkata outfit is his most preferred opposition to bat against. The Mumbai side will hope that their captain will come in handy today.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Marco Jansen, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah
Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Quinton de Kock, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, James Neesham, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Yudhvir Singh
Match Details:
Timing: Match starts at 7.30 pm and the toss will take place at 7 pm.
Venue:  MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Where to watch LIVE: Star Sports 1/1HD/1 Hindi/1HD Hindi/1 Tamil/1 Telugu/1 Kannada/1 Bangla/Select 1/Select 1HD. Online viewers can catch the action live on Disney+ Hotstar.
Betting Odds (Oddschecker):
MI: 4/6
KKR: 11/8
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