Krunal Pandya celebrates after hitting the winning boundary © BCCI
Krunal Pandya celebrates after hitting the winning boundary © BCCI

It was leg-spinners’ day out at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. While Karn Sharma’s 4 for 16 for Mumbai Indians (MI) dismantled Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), an inspired effort from Piyush Chawla kept them in the hunt on a slow and a sluggish surface. Unfortunately, KKR did not have enough runs. They tried, but it turned out to be MI all the way. Following the six-wicket win in the Qualifier 2, MI will now meet Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad on Sunday. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), IPL 10, Qualifier 2

A hundred and eight was never going to intimidate the Mumbai batting and they started with an 11-run over. However, there were early jitters in the Mumbai camp after Chawla trapped Lendl Simmons leg-before in his first over. It was a good move by Gautam Gambhir to ask the leg-spinner to open the bowling. In the next over, Parthiv Patel perished attempting a cut off Umesh Yadav and nicking it behind.

The KKR camp sniffed the unlikely when Ambati Rayudu was cleaned up by a gem of a delivery from Chawla: the angle drew the batsman forward and spun enough to beat the outside edge before its date with the stumps.

MI were 36 for 3 after the Powerplay overs in comparison to KKR’s 25 for 3. Rohit Sharma’s calmness and some late fireworks from Krunal Pandya saw Mumbai add 54 for the fourth wicket. During his innings Rohit became the first player from MI to complete 3,000 runs for the franchise. He finally departed for 26 trying to smack Nathan Coulter-Nile out of the attack in the 13th over. FULL UPDATES FROM QUALIFIER 2

Kieron Pollard and Krunal then guided Mumbai to a comfortable win in the XXth over. The seven-wicket victory marked a hat-trick of wins for Mumbai over Kolkata this season.

MI showed why they are considered the most balanced unit in IPL 2017. Putting KKR to bat, MI had them reeling at 31 for 5 after 7 overs before a 56-run stand between Suryakumar Yadav and Ishank Jaggi brought some respectability to their scorecard.

Karn registered his best IPL figures — 4-0-16-3 — accounting for Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Colin de Grandhomme and Ishank Jaggi. However, it was Bumrah who made the difference early on when he sent back the dangerous Chris Lynn in the second over.

Rohit showed great acumen by employing both Bumrah and Karn in the Powerplay. He anticipated that the KKR batsmen would go after them on the slow surface. It was the first time Bumrah opened the bowling in IPL 2017. This was the same venue where KKR, courtesy Lynn and Narine, had made a record Powerplay start, belting 105 for 0. Today it read a sorry 25 for 3.

At the toss, Rohit mentioned that he had the “weather in mind” when he opted to bowl. MI had replaced the injured Mitchell McClenaghan with Mitchell Johnson. KKR had replaced Yusuf Pathan and Trent Boult with de Grandhomme and Ankit Rajpoot. While Johnson finished with 2 wickets, the KKR replacements did not leave a mark: de Grandhomme scored a golden duck, did not bowl and mis-fielded, while Rajpoot was inept with bat and gave away 14 from the only over he bowled.

Mumbai will face Pune in the final at Hyderabad. The Rohit Sharma-led unit has lost all three games against RPS this season. This will be their fourth IPL final. Coincidentally, in all of these finals MI have had to encounter MS Dhoni. It will be no different this time.

Brief scores:

Kolkata Knight Riders 107 in 18.5 overs (Ishank Jaggi 28, Suryakumar Yadav 31; Jasprit Bumrah 3 for 7, Karn Sharma 4 for 16) lost to Mumbai Indians 111 for 4 in 14.3 overs (Rohit Sharma 26, Krunal Pandya 45*; Piyush Chawla 2 for 34) by 6 wickets

Man of the Match: Karn Sharma.

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