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Chasing a paltry total of 108 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru in Qualifier 2 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) pulled off a 6-wicket win with 33 balls to spare. For his 4 for 16, Karn Sharma was gifted Man of the Match for his remarkable performance. He dismissed Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Ishank Jaggi and Colin de Grandhomme. Mumbai will take on Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in final, on Sunday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10, Qualifier 2

After the win, Rohit said that his team deserves to be in the final. “I guess that is what we have been doing. We have been working hard. So we do not want to shy away from going into the finals the hard way. We deserve to be in the final.”

Talking about this match, Rohit credited his bowlers for this emphatic win. “We played a great game today. When you have a performance like that, it gives you confidence. Bowlers set the game up for us. 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. Good to see when individuals take responsibility. It is something we have been talking about. We all know Bumrah is a wicket-taking bowler. KKR have a top-heavy batting, so we wanted to get them out early. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. Sometimes I rely on my gut feel. We kept changing bowlers. Sometimes in this format, batsmen get used to the bowlers.” FULL UPDATES FROM QUALIFIER 2

Regarding MI’s dismal show against RPS, Rohit said, “I hope we continue for one more game. It is going to be an exciting contest. We do not 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 is all about getting used to those conditions.”

The final will be played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal on Sunday. This will be MI’s 4th final in IPL history, while for RPS it will be their first.