In a lop-sided contest, Mumbai Indians maintained their supremacy over Kolkata Knight Riders by defeating them by 6 wickets to storm into the final of VIVO IPL 10.
For a change, in Bengaluru, the rain-gods did not intervene in the encounter and everything boiled down to the performance in the 22-yard. The Knights who defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad at the same venue less than 48 hours ago fell prey at the hands of their nemesis Mumbai who had an easy win in the end, thanks to a splendid bowling effort. The KKR batsmen came a cropper in this crunch encounter as Gambhir & Co. saw their hopes of a third title go up in smokes, losing to MI for the third time this season.
With the penultimate match of the tournament over, Mumbai Indians will now take on Rising Pune Supergiant in the final at Hyderabad on Sunday.
In this article, we take a look at the Heroes and Zeroes from the Qualifier 2.
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While many argued experienced Harbhajan Singh should have been given the nod ahead of young Karn, the latter proved why skipper Rohit persisted with him. On a sticky track, Karn scalped four of the top six KKR batsmen to finish with his career-best IPL figures of 4/16. He foxed Narine with a googly, before bagging the big wicket of Gambhir and Grandhomme in successive deliveries. He was not done yet as the leggie returned in his final over to end the innings rebuilding partnership between Jaggi and Suryakumar.
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Before saying anything about the so-called death specialist, it is a must to show his figures after his first two overs – 2-1-2-2. Bumrah started with the prized scalp of Chris Lynn before accounting for Uthappa in his wicket-maiden second over. With Karn Sharma doing the majority of the damage, Bumrah ensured he removed the dangermen and perfectly played the role of secondary assassin in the KKR innings. An unlucky boundary from Rajpoot kind of spoilt his figures, but still Bumrah had 3/7 to show for in his three overs.
Even with Karn and Bumrah wrecking havoc, Krunal got three overs to bowl in the Knights innings but could not generate much purchase from the wicket, conceding 25 runs. Nevertheless, he made more than amends in batting, scoring an unbeaten 45 from 30 balls (8X4). He walked in to bat with Mumbai in a tricky situation at 36/3. But Krunal seemed unperturbed by the pressure, milking the bowling with ease before bringing out the classy boundaries from his repertoire later. He looked have equal dexterity against both spin and pace before hitting the winning shot to take Mumbai to the finals of IPL 10.
After KKR lost the toss and had to bat, a lot depended on the start Lynn and Narine would give. Quite uncharacteristically, the destructive Aussie batsman played four dot deliveries to country mate Mitchell Johnson in the first four balls of the innings. Perhaps it was an indication that Lynnsanity would not trend in Qualifier 2. The dreaded moment for the KKR camp came in the third ball of the second over as Lynn’s attempted heave was gleefully pouched at long-on, making sure the big gun had to take the long walk back after scoring just four.
Uthappa’s lean patch after returning from injury continued in this match too and the keeper-batsman recorded his fourth consecutive single digit score. Coming in to bat when KKR had already lost both the openers, experienced Uthappa needed to shoulder responsibility big time in order to bail his team out of trouble. However, he managed to last only three balls, before becoming Bumrah’s second victim. Missing the line and length of the delivery completely, the umpire had no hesitation in ruling him out LBW and a crestfallen Uthappa was out for one. After a blistering first half, his poor form in the second half of the tournament really hurt KKR’s hopes for a third title.
Colin de Grandhomme
A lot of questions were raised at New Zealander’s ability to play spin after they were bundled for just 79 in an ODI against India last year. In this match, Kiwi all rounder Colin de Grandhomme virtually put a rubber stamp on the same after being dismissed for a golden duck against Karn. Looking absolutely clueless against Sharma’s wrong one, de Grandhomme was trapped plumb in front as the Knights sank in knee deep trouble at 31/5. Selected ahead of Yusuf and Boult, Colin failed to reinstate the team’s belief in him and came a cropper in the big game.