Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

IPL preview: KKR look to quell Mumbai challenge in Qualifier 2

IPL preview: KKR look to quell Mumbai challenge in Qualifier 2

Bengaluru, May 19 Mumbai Indians entered the final of the ongoing Indian Premier league (IPL) with a convincing six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders here tonight.

Enjoying their best season so far, surprisingly, Mumbai Indians have ended on the losing side of the game every time (3 occasions) they faced RPS this IPL. Mumbai Indians will now meet Rising Pune Supergiant at the final on Sunday.

If you look at the top four, KKR's batting certainly has a slight edge over MI. if Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine fire at the top, KKR will be able to get to a score above par, especially considering the form that Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, who is due a big knock, are in.

The bowling attack will rest with the experience of Lasith Malinga, JaspritBumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Karn Sharma said: "The wicket was slow, and good for us that we bowled well regularly".

Kolkata Knight Riders dropped Yusuf Pathan and Mumbai Indians chose to continue without Harbhajan Singh.

Bumrah has grown immensely in the last few years.

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Kolkata, who had shut out defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator, bowed out with nine wins and seven losses in 16 matches. The Knight Riders will hope to get an explosive opening from Chris Lynn and his possible partner Narine.

The pitch for Friday's game will be no different as compared to the one they played on Wednesday where the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman struggled to cope up with the uneven bounce.

Rain during the interval nearly saw the game washed out but when it ceased, KKR were given a fairly straightforward target of 48 off six overs.

KKR won handsomely with four balls to spare and skipper Gautam Gambhir leading from the front.

Though, Washington Sundar ousted him for 7 runs in 1st qualifier, Kieron Pollard will strive to bounce back. None of its batsmen delivered - Sunil Narine was stumped by Parthiv Patel after scoring just 10 runs, Robin Uthappa was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah after just one run, while Gautam Gambhir tried valiantly but failed to put more than 12 runs on the scoreboard. I just go and execute what I've been told.

In what was a dramatic, rain-affected Eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders almost shot themselves in the foot before Gautam Gambhir prevented the panic attack from spreading through and took his team to victory. "It was a much better wicket than we played RCB on". The question is - can they raise their game two more times? Wickets were frequently lost to ill-timed heaves, resulting in the franchise being bundled out in only 18.5 overs. Rain had played spoilsport at the Chinnaswamy Stadium earlier this season as well with Sunrisers Hyderabad's tie against Royal Challengers Bangalore getting washed out without a ball being bowled.

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