IPL 2017 : Mumbai Indians beat KKR by 6 wickets

Bengaluru : Mumbai Indians bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for 107 runs in 18.5 overs in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mumbai Indians have won the toss and chose to field first. Kolkatta , after losing wickets of Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine early, Kolkata failed to ever get going and build momentum. Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav together made a50-run partnership in the middle overs Suryakumar Yadav  scored the highest of 31 runs.Mumbai,Jasprit Bumrah too bowled brilliantly, taking three wickets for just 7 runs in three overs and then it was Karn Sharma (4/16) show in the middle overs.

Chasing the modest total of 107 runs , Mumbai lost three wickets early but Krunal Pandya played brilliantly. Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya took the team closer to victory. For Mumbai, Krunal Pandya (45) scored the highest.

MI beat KKR by 4 wickets by chasing 148 in only 19.2 overs. Additionally, MI is the only team to beat KKR twice in the league stage of this edition of the tournament. MI will now take on Rising Pune Supergiant in the finals of 10th edition of IPL.

Who said What ?

Karn Sharma, Man of the match

“I have worked very hard, and I am really happy it is paying off now. I look to take wickets. It was an important game, so my mindset was to take wickets and bowl them out early. The good thing is I am playing a role in my team’s victory, which is very important.”

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain

“We deserve to be in the final. We played a great game today. When you have a performance like that, it gives you confidence. Our bowlers set the game up for us by taking wickets at regular intervals. Karn Sharma bowled really well and set the game up for us. That has been the hallmark of this team. We have not depended on one individual. It’s all about teamwork and we have been doing that regularly. It is good to see when individuals take responsibility.

“I hope we continue for one more game. It is going to be an exciting contest. We don’t have a good history with that team. We have to focus on what we need to do as a team. Hyderabad is a different venue so we need to assess conditions quickly. It’s all about getting used to those conditions.”

Gautam Gambhir, Kolkata Knight Riders captain

“We lost too many wickets upfront. Once you lose 5 wickets for 31, it is very difficult to come back. 107 was not enough unless you can get the opposition all out. Had we got 140-odd, we could have been in the game. We all know they are a quality side and we had to be up for it. If you lose 5 wickets in the first 6-7 overs, you never recover. We kept losing wickets and could never target any particular bowler.

“We thought 130-140 would have given us something to make a game out it. But proud of the boys, we put everything we could, we didn’t take any shortcuts. If you look back at things we could have finished in the top two. We had two opportunities. Against Kings XI Punjab, we messed up and then again against Mumbai Indians. We made those kind of mistakes and a bad game like today haunted us badly.”

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