IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Live Score and Updates from Abu DhabiIPL 2021, MI vs KKR LIVE: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match 34 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 where Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Kolkata win by seven wickets, grab fourth spot in points table
A fine batting display by Iyer and Tripathi helped Kolkata defeat Mumbai by seven wickets and grab two crucial points in the UAE leg. They are now fourth on the points table with four wins from nine matches.
Kolkata after 155/3 overs. Iyer first laid the foundation and Tripathi has now made things easier for the two-time champions. Kolkata inch closer to a comprehensive victory.
Kolkata 63/1 after 6 overs. Despite losing Gill, Kolkata are looking in control at the moment, with Iyer (33*) and Tripathi (16*) in the middle.
Kolkata 30/0 after 2 overs. Kolkata are off to a flying start. It doesn't look like Iyer is playing just his second IPL game. The lad is timing the ball with perfection. Gill and Iyer look to utilize the Powerplay.
Mumbai 155/6 after 20 overs. de Kock's half-century and Pollard's cameo at the end helped Mumbai cross the 150-run mark in Abu Dhabi. Rohit also chipped in with a 33-run knock at the start but the Mumbai unit faltered towards the end, losing wickets at regular intervals. On the bowling front, Prasidh and Ferguson picked two wickets each. Kolkata need 156 to win!
Mumbai 101/2 in 14 overs. A brilliant fifty from de Kock helps Mumbai cross the 100-run mark before the 15th over. de Kock is still in the middle after Rohit and Surya's departure.
Mumbai 80/1 after 10 overs. Kolkata finally get the breakthrough as Rohit balloons it in the air towards long-on but fails to clear the rope. Narine has drawn first blood by removing the MI skipper for 33. Suryakumar joins de Kock in the middle as Mumbai eye an intimidating total on the board.
Mumbai 56/0 after 6 overs. Rohit (27*) and de Kock (27*) have looked solid so far, punishing KKR bowlers on bad deliveries. The pair has put up a half-century stand to put Kolkata on the backfoot. Rohit has also become the first player to score 1000 runs against a single opposition in the IPL. Mumbai off to a perfect start in Abu Dhabi!
Mumbai 8/0 after 2 overs. An interesting move by KKR to start with Nitish Rana. Rohit dispatches the very first delivery to extra cover for a boundary. Varun Chakravarthy joins the attack in the second over and gives away just three runs.
Toss Update: Unchanged Kolkata elect to bowl first; Rohit returns to Mumbai Playing XI, Hardik misses out
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
MI vs KKR Head to Head Record - Matches: 27, MI won: 21, KKR won: 6
STAT: Rohit is just three sixes shy of becoming the first Indian player to smoke 400 maximums in T20 cricket. He is also 17 runs away from completing 1000 IPL runs against KKR.
MI pacer Trent Boult says, "Definitely a crucial game. Would be nice to get some momentum and push through in the tournament. We have a good record against KKR but we can't take them lightly."
Earlier, Kolkata crushed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by nine wickets to start the second leg of the league on a positive note. Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell delivered with the ball -- bundling out the opposition for just 92 -- before the opening duo of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer steered the Kolkata outfit to a comprehensive victory. The Eoin Morgan-led side is sitting sixth in the points table.
IPL 2021 MI vs KKR Preview: Defending champions Mumbai Indians would look for inspiration from skipper Rohit Sharma, who is set to return to action, when they take on a rejuvenated Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
Mumbai were without the services of Rohit and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya in their 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday as both were rested as a precautionary measure due to having niggles. However, head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said Rohit should be fit and available for selection for the match against KKR. KKR, on the other hand, have registered a dominating nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game of the second leg of the league. [FULL PREVIEW]