The 2017 IPL final will be a repeat of Tuesday's first qualifier, with Mumbai Indians facing Rising Pune Supergiant. Gautam Gambhir's team could manage just 107 runs, a target easily chased down by Rohit Sharma and co.
"Man of the Match" was awarded to Karn Sharma who said, "My bowling is come out well, it wasn't great previous year but I have worked hard on it".
Mumbai finished the run chase by scoring 111 for four after losing three wickets quickly, including the in-form Parthiv Patel (14) and his opening partner Lendl Simmons (3). For Narine, they were asked to bowl stump to stump line as he swings his bat at every possible opportunity.More news: Putin Tells Megyn Kelly U.S. Hackers Could Have Potentially Framed Russia
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"Obviously you feel good when you are picking wickets in the middle, but Mumbai Indians winning is most important". And Sharma exposed the lower batting order as early as in the seventh over when he dismissed captain Gautam Gambhir (12) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) off successive deliveries and reduced Knight Riders to 5-31.
Yet it was no surprise to see Mumbai reach their target with relative ease, in the 15th over, Krunal Pandya (45 not out) and skipper Rohit (26) having done the bulk of the work.
For Kolkata, Suryakumar Yadav scored 31 from 25, but his team-mates couldn't follow suit. Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-20), on his return to the side following a head injury, was the pick of the KKR bowlers as he picked up three wickets, including the key scalp of Kane Williamson (24). Still, it did seem at one point that they had a shot. "The main motivation when I get a game is to perform for the team and help the team win", Sharma said. "107 is not a great total unless you get the opposition all out and we thought if we'd gotten 140-odd we were very much in the game".
Kolkata skipper Gambhir felt that recovering after losing so many wickets early on was obviously going to be very hard.