Kolkata to face Mumbai for IPL final berth


The highly anticipated 2017 IPL Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was greatly affected by rain, at one stage it looked like the match would be cancelled. “Bowlers set the game up for us”, Rohit said. If Malinga is back in his bowling rhythm then MI will be in another final of IPL.

Mumbai struck for the second time in the fifth over, removing Narine for 10, thanks to a superb googly by Sharma and wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel did the rest at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

It was a clinical bowling performance by the MI bowlers who stifled the much vaunted KKR batting line-up, never letting them off the hook.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma singled out his bowlers for praise after the win. Ishank Jaggi during his vital 28 off 31 ball knock smashed 3 fours, while Suryakumar Yadav during his stay at the crease scored 2 fours and 1 six.

The aggressive Kolkata openers, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine, scored just three in the first over, and Bumrah undid the hard-hitting Lynn in the second as he tried to loft him over mid-on. Still, it did seem at one point that they had a shot.

KKR captain Gautam Gambhir was disappointed that his side missed out, but felt it was hard to stage a fightback after being 31 for five at one stage.

Five down and with just 31 runs on the board, KKR needed a partnership, and they got that through Jaggi and Suryakumar, with the two right-handers putting on 56 runs in 7.5 overs.

KKR will probably start with a slight advantage having seen the nature of the Bengaluru pitch first-hand just a couple of hours ago.

Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jitesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Karn Sharma, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya.

MI: 108/4 in 14.3 overs.

Earlier, Karn Sharma and Bumrah saw Mumbai Indians bowl out Kolkata Knight Riders.

But Gambhir and Jaggi kept rotating the strike and punished the bad deliveries as Gambhir finished unbeaten on 32 off 19 balls and Jaggi managed 5 off 8 balls as KKR reached home with 4 balls remaining.

Piyush Chawla (2/34) was at the forefront of the early demolition, sending the risky Lendl Simmons (3) and Ambati Rayudu (6) back in the hut with a googly and a peach of a delivery respectively which beat Rayudu all ends up.

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