Date: 23rd September 2021
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Match 34 of the Indian T20 League will feature Mumbai locking horns with Morgan’s Kolkata. Being placed in the last spot of the playoff, Mumbai have registered four wins in 8 encounters so far. Whereas, Kolkata are just one place behind with 6 points. Going into this match, all eyes will be on Mumbai’s captain Rohit and his fitness after he sustained a niggle from the suspended tour of England.
Moreover, knowing that the defending champions could slip in the bottom half of the Indian T20 League courtesy of a loss, all their marquee players would be raring to go. On the other hand, Chakravarthy and Russell led Kolkata’s bowling seemed impeccable in the first match against Bangalore. Should they continue the same form, they would most likely be able to impose a huge threat on the star-studded batting lineup of Mumbai.
Mumbai- As confirmed by coach Mahela Jayawardene earlier, both marquee Rohit and Hardik shall be available for selection against Kolkata. However, with S. Tiwary also being able to contribute decently in the previous game against Chennai, he has proved to claim his spot in the upcoming contest.
Kolkata- The two time Indian T20 League champions know that they have to produce their best from the start of the tournament to give themselves a chance to qualify in the playoffs. Heading into Match 34 against Mumbai, Kolkata would most probably be playing the same starting XI as they lined up against Bangalore a couple of days back.
The problem for Mumbai ever since the fourteenth edition of the Indian T20 League started was having to impose a big total on the board. Having collapsed time and again in the league, they would be hoping that their marquee players could change their fate this time around. Having already witnessed what Kolkata’s bowling attack could do in the middle overs, it will be important for Mumbai to impose a long and strong partnership.
On the other hand, Kolkata will be looking to impose its dominance on foreign soil yet again. Not having any room to slip up in the tournament now, Morgan will have to lead his troops with the same domination as the first game in order to stand any chance over Mumbai, who would be looking to avenge their previous loss against Chennai.
Dafa Bet Prediction of the Game
While choosing your fantasy team, choose your captain and vice-captain based on the contribution they would have in the game. So the likely option could be de Kock (Mumbai), Russell (Kolkata), Chakravarthy (Kolkata) and S. Yadav (Mumbai). Moreover, given that Mumbai are a team among the favourites to win the title, they would be raring to bounce back in Match 34.
Head-to-Head: Mumbai have dominated Kolkata in the past and have won 21 games out of the 27 encounters between the two sides. So, the predicted favourite heading into this match would be the defending champions.
Kolkata- Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik Wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
Mumbai- Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya/Sourabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Wicket-Keepers: Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan
Batsman: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill
All-Rounders: Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Adam Milne
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