Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Kolkata Knight Riders in match five of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Both teams will go into the contest with contrasting fortunes. While MI went down to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of IPL 2021, KKR came up with a professional all-round show to down Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the third match of Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. SRH have been a highly consistent side in the IPL. They made it to the playoffs last seasons as well, before going down to Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier.
Kolkata Knight Riders turned up the heat in Dubai today, with their skipper leading the easy as they thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs, and ending their IPL campaign. With this win, KKR are still alive in the competition and are dependent on the results of the next two games.
With Ben Stokes-inspired wins against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals’ floundering campaign in IPL 2020 is just about alive. As such, they will go into their final league match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai high on confidence. Both Rajasthan and Kolkata have 12 points from 13 games. However, RR have a better run rate than KKR, and thus, a big win for Rajasthan could put them in a reasonable position to qualify. Of course, with a few other sides also likely to finish on 14, it will be a tight race to the finish.
A calm Gaikwad’s 72(53) and a belligerent Jadeja’s 31*(11) made sure that KKR’s playoff chances were no longer in their hands, as with this loss, they will want other results to fall their way. Rana batted superbly for his 87(61), but the target of 173 was just not enough for the now spirited Super Kings.
Chennai Super Kings may have been knocked out of IPL 2020, but they can still play spoilsport as far as the chances of other teams are concerned. They will face Kolkata Knight Riders in match number 49 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. KKR are still in contention with 12 points from as many games, and need to win the next two matches to ensure qualification for the play-offs. CSK are at the bottom of the points table and would not like to finish there. Hence, they have a lot of pride to play for.
Punjab roared back to the top four of the points table after an easy win against Kolkata. Mandeep’s 66*(56) and Gayle’s 51(29) was too much for the KKR bowlers to handle as Punjab registered their fifth win on trot.
The Kolkata Knight Riders put up a massive score of 194 courtesy a measured 81 by Rana and a quickfire 64 by Narine. Varun Chakravarthy spun a web around the DC’s middle order as he registered his career best figures of 5-20.
Second-placed Delhi Capitals will look to get back on the winning track when they face fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in the 42nd match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Well placed with 14 points from 10 matches, Delhi came up with a half-hearted effort against the ever-improving Kings XI Punjab in their previous encounter to go down by five wickets. Their opponents for Saturday, Kolkata Knigh Riders, also have plenty of work to do, as they were hammered by eight wickets by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the same venue where they will face Delhi.