IPL 2021: MI vs KKR, Stats Preview – Upcoming records and approaching milestones

Rohit Sharma

Match 34 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will see defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Kolkata Knight Riders. The encounter takes place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The Mumbai-based side has blown hot and cold this season and would like to enhance their performance in their upcoming fixtures. As of now, they are fifth in the team standings, having won four of their eight games.

It has to be noted MI are coming off a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders endured a terrible time in the first half of the season. However, they made an impressive start to the UAE leg, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first assignment by nine wickets. Hence, the Eoin Morgan-led would be confident ahead of this fixture.

Notably, MI and KKR crossed swords at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai in the first leg of the competition. After bundling the five-time champions out for 152, KKR got off to stellar with openers Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill adding 72 runs for the first wicket. However, KKR suffered an astonishing batting collapse and eventually lost the game by eight runs.

Meanwhile, let’s look at important stats and numbers ahead of the 34th game of the Indian Premier League 2021:

Head to Head record: In the IPL history so far, both teams have played 28 games against each other. In these games, Mumbai Indians hold the edge as they won 22 games while the Kolkata-based outfit clinched six encounters.

20 – Rohit Sharma needs 20 runs to complete 5,500 runs in IPL. He can become the third player to get the feat.

6 – Rohit is also six hits away from reaching 400 sixes in T20 cricket. He’ll become the first Indian and seventh overall player to get the landmark.

1 – Krunal Pandya needs 1 more wicket to reach 50 wickets for Mumbai Indians in IPL. He will become the second Mumbai Indians player to score 1000+ runs and take 50+ wickets for Mumbai Indians, after Kieron Pollard.

5 – Hardik Pandya is five hits away from completing 100 sixes in IPL.

54 – Dinesh Karthik needs 54 runs to become the 7th Indian and 11th overall to slam 4000 runs in IPL.

8 – Andre Russell is 8 his away from completing 150 sixes in IPL.

1 – Karthik is one grab away from becoming the wicketkeeper with most catches in IPL. Currently, he and MS Dhoni jointly hold the top position with 114 catches.

50 – Shubman Gill is set to feature in his 50th game for Kolkata Knight Riders. He’ll become the 10th player to get the feat.

81 – Quinton de Kock needs 81 runs away from the 7000-run mark in T20 cricket.