After suffering a 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of IPL 2021 phase 2, Mumbai Indians are determined to find their way back on track on Thursday against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. Currently, MI who is in the fourth position on the Points Table with 8 points will lock horns with KKR positioned in the sixth spot. The match will take place on September 19 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Both the teams have locked horns in 28 matches in IPL so far. KKR have won 6 games while MI have won 22 games, clearly indicating that the five-time champions have dominated the matches between the two teams. The Mumbai camp would be fretting over the availability of two of its key members - captain Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Mumbai felt the duo’s absence during its loss against Chennai Super Kings in the second-phase opener on Sunday.
The left-arm pacer Trent Boult continued the trend by remaining guarded about the duo’s injury. While Boult stressed Rohit and Hardik are “recovering well”, he hoped they should be match-ready “over the next couple of games”.
”They are both recovering very well. In terms of their selection for the next game, I’m not too sure what’s going on there. But day by day, they are improving,” Boult said on Thursday.
“They are obviously two vital players in the XI for Mumbai. And we are desperate to get them back. So, fingers crossed that they’ll be pretty good to go over the next couple of games.”
KKR, meanwhile, would be looking forward to maintaining its momentum after defeating Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the week.