Mumbai Indians enters IPL 2017 Finals thrashing Kolkata Knight Riders

Ross Houston
June 2, 2017

Despite losing a few early wickets, they managed to reach the target easily, Krunal Pandya showing off his versatility by playing a handsome cameo.

Yuvraj, who played some fantastic knocks for Hyderabad this season, couldn't get Hyderabad through to the second qualifier as Hyderabad lost to Kolkata in the Eliminator round.

"Karn Sharma bowled really well and set the game for us", said Rohit.

His big opportunity arrived in Qualifier 1 against Rising Pune Supergiant, when he replaced the out-of-form Harbhajan.

Robin Uthappa was dismissed by Chris Jordan and KKR were 27-3 after Rashid Khan conceded only six from the third over, but Gambhir held his nerve by striking two sixes and as many fours to see Kolkata through.

The second qualifier between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders turned out to be a dud as MI steamrolled KKR, who lost the match in the first seven overs of the first innings. Despite the team has good batsmen, KKR couldn't face Karn Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. The unsafe pinch-hitter Sunil Narine, frustrated with the ploy, came down the track for a big hit but missed it completely to be stumped.

Batting great and panel expert Sunil Gavaskar also said in the post-match show that even if SRH had the best bowling attack in the world, it would have been next to impossible to defend a total of 48 with 10 wickets in hand.

Lynn and Narine, who had enjoyed batting in the Powerplay previously, failed to get going as Kolkata were restricted to 25-3 at the end of six overs.

While Rohit Sharma (26 runs from 24 balls) and Krunal Pandya (45* runs from 30 balls) successfully put on a 54-run partnership to complete the chase, the Mumbai Indians captain credited the all-around teamwork for the win. Fit-again Nathan Coulter-Nile has come back into the side strongly and Umesh Yadav has continued to hit the right areas and bowl well.

Earlier, Sunrisers' batsmen struggled to score freely against both seamers and spinners after losing the toss and being put into bat by Gambhir. We could have had two cracks at the top two.

"We discussed after the last game as well that this is not a wicket where you get 160 or 170".

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