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19-May-2017 17:47:00 GMT
MI v KKR, IPL 2017, Qualifier 2, Bengaluru

Bowlers, Krunal help Mumbai Indians surge into final

Bengaluru: Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah scripts easy 6-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 2 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on Friday.

Following the six-wicket win in the Qualifier 2, MI will now meet Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday.

Hundred and eight was never going to intimidate the Mumbai batting and they started with an 11-run over.

However, there were early jitters in the Mumbai camp after Chawla trapped Lendl Simmons leg-before in his first over.

It was a good move by Gautam Gambhir to ask the leg-spinner to open the bowling. In the next over, Parthiv Patel perished attempting a cut off Umesh Yadav and nicking it behind.

The KKR camp sniffed the unlikely when Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a gem of a delivery from Chawla — the angle drew the batsman forward and spun enough to beat the outside edge before its date with the stump.

MI were 36 for 3 after Powerplay, in comparison KKR were 25 for 3 at this stage.

Rohit Sharma’s calmness and late fireworks from Krunal Pandya saw Mumbai add 54 for the fourth wicket. Rohit finally departed for 26 trying to smack Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the attack in the 13th over.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians' leg-spinner Karn Sharma took four wickets to bowl Kolkata Knight Riders out for a paltry 107 in 18.5 overs.

Karn (4-16) was brilliant on the night taking the wickets of Sunil Narine (10), Gautam Gambhir (12), Colin de Grandhomme (0) and Ishank Jaggi (28) to derail KKR's innings.

Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Jaggi put a semblance of a fight with a 56-run association for the sixth wicket but could not script a turnaround as the former fell in the 18th over looking to accelerate.

Umesh Yadav (2) was not out as Ankit Rajpoot (4) was the last man to be dismissed.

Morning showed the day as opener Chris Lynn (4) was sent back early by medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3-7) with a fullish delivery which the explosive Australian tried to loft over mid-on but was picked up by Keiron Pollard.

Narine, kept quiet by Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson (2/28) and Lasith Malinga (1/24), cut loose with an uppish shot over deep midwicket for the first six of the innings before Karn outfoxed the West Indian spinner with a googly that saw Parthiv Patel effect an easy stumping.

Robin Uthappa (1) did not last long, being trapped plumb by Bumrah, while trying to flick across the line.

After six overs, KKR could muster just 25/3, and skipper Gambhir lost his wicket five balls into the seventh over. The southpaw was looked good before playing against the turn off Karn for Hardik Pandya to pouch the ball at deep midwicket.

Brief scores
Kolkata Knight Riders -
107 (S Yadav 31, Karn Sharma 4-16, Bumrah 3-7)
Mumbai Indians - 111 for 4 (Krunal 45*)
Result - Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets

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