Good evening! Hello and welcome to Asianet Newsable's live coverage of Match 34 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 between defending champion Mumbai Indians and former champion Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. It would be a crucial tie, especially for KKR, as a win would allow it to continue to be in contention for the playoffs.
MI requires three to four more wins to seal its berth in the playoffs, while it is placed fourth in the table. KKR, on the other hand, is ranked sixth, winning just three of its seven games, and needs to win almost every game hereon to qualify for the playoffs.
The two sides have met each other on 29 occasions, while MI has a lead of 22-6. Three games have been played between them in UAE, and all of them have been in Abu Dhabi, where MI is leading 2-1.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi's weather will be hot again, with the temperature expected to be around 36 degrees and 48% humidity. The track is likely to be slower, but the side winning the toss could opt to chase.
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sourabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard (vc), Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah and Adam Milne.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna.
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