Rohit is ready and waiting at the boundary rope, as de Kock joins in late.
5.55pm Here come the umpires S Ravi and Virender Sharma, as Morgan leads Knight Riders out.
Deepak Bawa: “I want to see ESPNcricinfo’s projected score for MI before the game starts. Can you make it happen, Himanshu?” — Ah, if only we were magicians…
Rauf : “Mumbai is going to win by 16 runs” — Woah, that is some forecast!
There is a good chance that Knight Riders might throw in Narine first up. Narine, after all, has kept Rohit in check, as Ask Cricinfo testifies.
Hey there! So who is backing whom tonight?
5.45pm Time now for Himanshu to step in ahead of the action this evening.
Did you know? Venkatesh Iyer – the KKR opener whose unbeaten innings played a big role in KKR’s nine-wicket win over RCB – could have been a high-flying management professional, but this Rajinikanth devotee chose a different path. More about the youngster here.
Gurekas: “Hardik Pandya not playing 2 consecutive matches a month before the world cup is a huge concern for the Indian team.”
5.28pm Time for the toss and it looks like Rohit Sharma is walking to the middle with Morgan. That means he’s fit to play, taking over from stand-in Kieron Pollard. Coin goes up, and it’s Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl. No Hardik for Mumbai, one change for Mumbai. All details below.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Prasidh Krishna, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
Mumbai Indians: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Quinton de Kock (wk), 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Ishan Kishan, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Saurabh Tiwary, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Adam Milne, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Morgan: “Bowling first worked well in the first game. Want to use the same formula. Wicket looks well put together. I think we can’t get complacent, sport has a funny way of biting you in the backside if you get ahead of yourself. It’s a different challenge here today. Same XI.”
Rohit: “Feeling good. Anmolpreet Singh who played well first game misses out. That’s the only change. Missed some basics of cricket in the first game. It was not a big target, certain areas we need to focus on. Hopefully we can execute today.”
Are Sunil Narine and Ishan Kishan in danger of losing their places? Dale Steyn and Sanjay Manjrekar discuss in our video preview.
Sachin: “Sad to see Kuldeep being sidelined everytime. You always want to have the X player in your team, no doubt. New two teams will be the best thing happening for players like him. “
Manu Ajmani: “MI has also won the last 12 out of 13 games against KKR. Shows how inconsistent KKR has been with their captain woes and playing XI conundrums and how MI have flourished under Rohit. They showed their class in the last game and need to take that momentum forward! With 3 more sixes, Rohit the batsman will complete 400 sixes in IPL and 1000 runs against a single opponent!” — You’re so right about Rohit. He has the best numbers for any IPL batter against a single opponent. He loves KKR, needs 18 to reach four digits against them. More on Ask Cricinfo – click here.
5.15pm What changes could both sides make to put out their best XIs today? The details in our match preview. Meanwhile, we can spot Rohit Sharma doing stretching exercises with the physio.
Dinesh Karthik: “If we can edge Mumbai today, we will have advantage moving forward. Varun Chakravarthy and I share the same language so we chat from behind the stumps. There’s a nice camaraderie with Morgan and me. We think differently, gives him a different perspective.”
5.07pm Have you seen this video of Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum? Where he plays pool and talks about what KKR need to do for the remainder of the season.
4.55pm Welcome back to ESPNcricinfo’s coverage of IPL 2021. Match 34 is the most lopsided rivalry in the competition. Mumbai Indians have won 22 of their 28 games – including the last four – against Kolkata Knight Riders, and this fixture couldn’t have come at a better time for Rohit Sharma’s men, atleast from the point of view of psychological edge.
However, not all is well in the Mumbai camp. Loss to Chennai Super Kings in the first match of the second phase (and other results) have brought them perilously close to falling out of the top 4 in the points table. A defeat for Mumbai, and it will be their opponents the Knight Riders who will leapfrog into fourth (boosted by the excellent NRR earned after bowling RCB out for under 100 in the last game). Toss and team news very crucial today; remember Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya did not play on Sunday.