The Mumbai Indians have rolled into the Indian Premier League final, after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the second qualifier yesterday.
Indian leg-spinner Karn Sharma claimed four wickets to lead MI to finals. The KKR were bowled out for 107, and the MI achieved the target in 14.3 overs, further setting a title clash with the Rising Pune Supergiant.
Mumbai lost three early wickets in their chase before skipper Rohit Sharma (26) and Krunal Pandya (45 not out) put on 54 runs to take the team to their fourth IPL final. But it was Sharma’s wily wrist spinners that set up the win for Mumbai, who had lost the first qualifier to Pune after ending the league stage as table-toppers.
Sharma, rattled the Kolkata top-order with early strikes to reduce the two-time champions to 31-5 in 7 overs. Sharma has played a Test and two one-day internationals for India earlier. He took two wickets on consecutive deliveries in the seventh over of the innings with to send skipper Gautam Gambhir (12) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) back to the pavilion.
Suryakumar Yadav who scored 31 runs and Ishank Jaggi who scored 28 runs, together put on 59 runs for the sixth wicket but an inspired Mumbai pace attack did not let the advantage slip away at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell Johnson shared five wickets between them as the duo combined to wipe off the Kolkata tail.
Kolkata, had shut out defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator. The KKR bowed out with nine wins and seven losses in 16 matches. With the MI chasing their third IPL title in season 10, the Rising Pune Supergiants are eyeing their maiden win in Hyderabad tomorrow.