Mumbai Indians convincingly beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets on Friday in the second qualifiers to set up a summit clash against Rising Pune Supergiant.
Mumbai have reached the IPL final for the fourth time. They have won the tournament twice.
In a low-scoring game, some good bowling display by Mumbai rattled the KKR top order. There were some nervy moments for Mumbai as they were once stuttering at 3/34. However, the middle order led by skipper Rohit Sharma ensured their team crossed the finishing line.
Krunal Pandya and Sharma carved a half-century partnership between them. Sharma departed for 26 runs after getting caught at the boundary by Ankit Rajpoot.
Pandya remained unbeaten on 45 runs with 8 fours to his name.
With his knock, Sharma became the second batsman along with Suresh Raina to score 300 runs in all 10 seasons of the IPL.
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In their pursuit of 108 runs, Mumbai Indians were dealt an early blow just like KKR. Openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel were both sent back to the pavilion. Mumbai lost 3 wickets for 36 runs. KKR’s Piyush Chawla sent both Simmons and Ambati Rayadu to the pavilion.
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Earlier, Mumbai bowlers dealt an early blow to KKR batsmen. They lost three quick wickets in succession. Chris Lynn was the first to depart after getting caught by Kieron Pollard for 4 runs.
Next to go was Sunil Narine, who was stumped by Mumbai keeper Parthiv Patel for 10 runs. Robin Uthappa also couldn’t stay at the crease as he was dismissed LBW by Bumrah.
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KKR were reeling at 31/5 after 7 overs. KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir was caught by Hardik Pandya off Karn Sharma’s ball.
KKR were 43/5 after 10 overs with rookies Ishant Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav at the crease.
Karn Sharma and Bumrah were the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai.
Sharma took 4 wickets while Bumrah took 3 wickets. Mitchell Johnson was also economical for Mumbai as he tool 2 wickets in his 4 overs.
KKR’s Jaggi and Yadav put in 57-run partnership for the 6th wicket and pushed their team to cross the 100 run barrier.
KKR were eventually bowled out for 107 runs.