The 5th match of the IPL 2021 season will be played today between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. The match, to be held at Chepak Stadium, Chennai, will start at 7:30 pm. The Kolkata team had defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs in a thrilling match on Sunday. Under the leadership of captain ON Morgan, this team will look to maintain the winning momentum. At the same time, Mumbai have a chance to defeat KKR for the fourth consecutive match. Earlier MI had defeated KKR in one league match played in Wankhede in 2019 and both league matches in 2020. In the first match of this season, Mumbai lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 2 wickets.
MI's superb record against KKR is one of the favorite teams in Kolkata, Mumbai. This is because MI won 21 times in a total of 27 matches between the two. Whereas, KKR could win only 6 matches. The 5-time champion Mumbai's core strength has been the reason for its success. However, the two-time champions Kolkata team could not make it to the playoffs in the last 2 seasons. However, the team has bought some great players in the auction this year. Harbhajan Singh, who captained Mumbai, is also in Kolkata this year.
Talking of the Kolkata team, KKR played attacking cricket against SRH, then the team played in a different way in their first match. In the top order, everyone, from Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi to Dinesh Karthik as match finishers, batting according to plan. Under Morgan's leadership, the team played aggressively. Morgan's captaincy was also at the top level. His decision to have his best spinner, Sunil Narine, on the bench made his intentions clear.
The top order of the KKR team is in excellent form. In the match against SRH, the left-right hand combination of Nitish and Shubman Gill started attacking with the very first ball. Whereas, Tripathi and Karthik are in superb form in the middle order. The team has big hitters in the middle overs as Andre Russell and Morgan. In such a situation, the team will also play attacking cricket against Mumbai. Shubman will have to convert a good start into a big score.
KKR will have to face Bumrah and Bolt however, in the last match, KKR did not face any special challenge in bowling by the opposition team. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma of Hyderabad did not appear in the form. Whereas, the Kolkata players appeared to be strutting in front of spinners Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. However, in today's match, the batsmen of the KKR team will have to face the bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. MI's bowling attack is completely different compared to Hyderabad.
Rohit and Lynn will be seen opening the MI team for MI is known as slow starters. At one point in the last match, MI snatched the win from RCB's hand. But after Harshal Patel, AB de Villiers show forced Mumbai to lose. Australia's explosive opener Chris Lynn batted brilliantly in the debut match for Mumbai. Quinton de Cock is currently in Quarantine. In such a situation, Lynn can come with Rohit against Kolkata.
MI's middle order batsmen will have to score runs
Mumbai team's middle-order flopped badly in the last match against Bengaluru this season. Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan, and Pandya Brothers could not do anything special. At the same time, Kieron Pollard's firepower also did not show in this match. As a result, the MI team could only manage 159 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs. However, in this match, all the batsmen would like to return to the rhythm.
Jansen will handle fast bowling with Bumrah-Bolt
Hardik did not bowl against RCB. Because of this, the team also lacked an extra bowler. In such a situation, the franchisee is also keeping an eye on their situation. In the bowling lineup, apart from Bumrah and Bolt, 6 fit 8 inches tall Marco Jenson also bowled well. Marco can once again be seen playing these two together.
The pitch at MA Chidambaram Stadium has been helpful to spinners lately. However, this time the preparation of the pitch was done under the supervision of IPL instead of the Chennai franchise, yet it is expected that the spinners can show amazing here. The chasing team (RCB) won the first match of the season between RCB and MI here. At the same time, the first batting team (KKR) won the third match of the season between SRH and KKR.
- Total IPL matches in Chepauk: 84
- Won first batting: 48 times
- Winning Chasing Target: 34 times
- Highest first inning score: 246/5 (CSK, against-RR, 2010)
- Lowest first inning score: 70 (RCB, against- CSK, 2019)
- Highest Successful Run Chase: 208/5 (CSK, Against-RCB, 2012)
- Average first inning score: 160 runs