Jasprit Bumrah took 3 for 7 in MI vs KKR Qualifier 2 © BCCI
Jasprit Bumrah took 3 for 7 in MI vs KKR Qualifier 2 © BCCI

Mumbai Indians (MI) maintained their dominance over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), as their bowlers scripted a fine six-wicket win in Qualifier 2 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The victory marks MI’s hat-trick of wins this season against KKR. Electing to bowl on a sluggish sort of a surface, Mumbai bowled out Kolkata for 107, courtesy a four-for from Karn Sharma and a three-for from Jasprit Bumrah. The chase was a formality for the star-studded batting line-up. As MI cruise through to their fourth IPL final, we look at some of the highlights from his game. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10, Qualifier 2

RCB? To those who think IPL is just an annual tamasha with more glitz and glamour than cricket, it is some serious introspection time. The fandom in this tournament is insane. With Mumbai and Kolkata tussling at Bengaluru, the match began with crowd chanting ‘RCB.. RCB..’. It does not matter where Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) finished this season; they have a peerless loyal base.

Rohit’s masterstroke with Bumrah: Rohit Sharma is underrated when it comes to leadership. He has led Mumbai to two IPL trophies and one Champions League Trophy, but his name seldom crops up while discussing about possible prospective leaders. However, Rohit pulled off a masterstroke on Friday by making Bumrah open the bowling for MI, and for the first time this season.

Chris Lynn loves playing pacers, and Bumrah is excellent when it comes to altering lengths and changing pace. On a tricky surface, the move worked well and Bumrah sent back Lynn in the second over of the game.

Bumrah went on to finish with excellent figures of 3-1-7-3.

Rohit’s masterstroke, part 2: Karn has been good this season, and that has been amongst the reason that a stalwart such as Harbhajan Singh had to be benched. Rohit showed enough courage to bring in Karn inside Powerplay, knowing Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine will look to go after him. That is exactly what happened. KKR were reduced to 31 for 5 and MI had sealed it then and there.

Karn’s figures of 4-0-16-4 is his best in IPL.

When Surya shone, finally: Prior to this, Suryakumar Yadav’s scores in this edition read 17, 4, 7, 1, 15, 30*. His 25-ball 31 and the 56-run stand he shared with Ishank Jaggi ensured KKR reached the three-figure mark. A defeat could not be prevented, but KKR certainly averted humiliation.

Johnson’s redemption: In like-for-like replacement, one left-arm pace bowling Mitchell replaced the other in MI camp. Mitchell Johnson came in for Mitchell McClenaghan and finished with 4-0-28-2. Johnson may have lost pace and the menace but continues to be smart enough with his lengths.

He got both wickets in his final over, and it was sort of a sweet revenge for the pacer. It was Piyush Chawla who slammed a six off Johnson to win the IPL 2014 for KKR. Johnson had then played for King XI Punjab (KXIP). A slower one from Johnson had Chawla caught for two.

His former national teammate and fellow state mate Nathan Coulter-Nile smacked him for a six that over, only to depart 2 balls later. Johnson still has a lot to offer.

The un-Rajpoot style of bat wielding: Ravindra Jadeja is a proud of his Rajput lineage and he makes sure that he makes the world know that through his gestures, be it his posts with horses or his bat-fencing celebrations. I am not sure how good is Ankit Rajpoot with a sword, but certainly he comes across as one of the worst batters in the IPL.

He started with a boundary off the inside edge and that was it. The next five balls were miserable attempts of play and misses. Forget getting to the line of the ball, he had absolutely no clue where the line was. After a couple from Lasith Malinga that missed the stumps, the Sri Lankan genius darted one perfectly — and it was just too good for the No. 11.

Rajpoot coming in for Trent Boult, bowled an over and went for 14. He will like to forget this outing.

Gambhir’s gamble with Chawla: Leg-spinners had a ball this game. First, it was Karn and then Chawla. Asked to open the bowling, Chawla struck in the first over when Lendl Simmons misread a googly and was trapped in the front. He soon struck again, this time with the vital wicket of Ambati Rayudu. The angle drew the batsman forward, and it just spun enough to beat his edge and kiss the off-stump. MI were 36 for 3 after 6 overs.

Rohit’s 3,000: Rohit added 54 for the fourth wicket with Krunal Pandya. Rohit’s calm presence ensured there were no more hiccups in the MI camp. Through an exquisite cover-drive off Chawla, Rohit brought up his 3,000 IPL runs for Mumbai Indians and, in doing so, he became the first ever to do so.

Just in case you are wondering about the master, Sachin Tendulkar has scored 2,334 runs for MI in the IPL. As a matter of fact, Rayudu and Kieron Pollard have more runs than Tendulkar. Of course, they have played more as well.

 Wides and Krunal: The last 9 balls in MI’s innings saw KKR dishing out three ridiculous wides — two from Rajpoot and one from Umesh Yadav. The extras brought MI closer to the target before Krunal finished it with a boundary. That again was a difficult chance at the third-man. And, Mumbai now go through to the final.