Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Qualifier 2, Bengaluru May 19, 2017

Karn, Bumrah carry Mumbai into fourth IPL final


Mumbai Indians 111 for 4 (Krunal 45*, Chawla 2-34) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 107 (Suryakumar 31, Karn 4-16, Bumrah 3-7) by six wickets
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Highlights - Mumbai's third successive win over Knight Riders

Legspinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah picked up their best T20 bowling figures on the same day, combining to take 7 for 23 in seven overs to lift Mumbai Indians into their fourth IPL final with a six-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sent in to bat on another difficult Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch, Knight Riders succumbed against excellent bowling plans to slump to 31 for 5 in seven overs. A 56-run sixth-wicket partnership between Suryakumar Yadav and Ishank Jaggi ensured they would get past their lowest total - 67, against the same opponents in 2008 - but their total of 107 was never going to present Mumbai a genuine challenge.

Mumbai lost three wickets inside their Powerplay, before Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma steadied the chase with a 54-run stand. Krunal was unbeaten on 45 off 30 balls as Mumbai got home with 33 balls to spare.

Bumrah, Karn demolish top order

Mumbai are among the best teams in the IPL at drawing up strategies against individual players. They proved this in the Powerplay.

Bumrah had not taken the new ball this season, but he did so today. There seemed to be a reason for this - his exaggerated angle into the right-hander and the bit of extra bounce off his high-arm action can make it hard to hit down the ground. Down the ground is Chris Lynn's go-to area, and even the presence of a fielder at long-on did not deter him - he only managed to pick him out, though, making contact with the ball off the high part of his bat.

The exaggerated inward angle also did for Robin Uthappa, who has a pronounced tendency to plant his front leg across and play around his front pad. Bumrah, bowling a second over inside the Powerplay for only the third time this season, slipped one in nice and full, beat his inside edge, and pinged his front pad.

In between those wickets, Karn took out Sunil Narine. Before this match, Narine had scored the bulk of his runs through mid-off, at a blistering pace: 78 - 36.45% of his 214 this season - off 24 balls. Mumbai had made note of this even in the previous meeting between these sides at Eden Gardens, stationing a man at long-off and getting their quicks to deny him the drive. He fell for a four-ball duck in that game, lofting a back-of-a-length offcutter from Tim Southee to extra-cover.

This time, following broadly similar plans, Mitchell Johnson, Bumrah and Lasith Malinga gave him only 10 from seven balls - with six coming off one hit over square leg - before Karn came on to bowl the fifth over. The legspinner made a conscious effort to deny Narine swinging room, bowling at pads instead, and gave up only a leg-bye off two balls before he came back on strike. Frustrated, he ran down the pitch and was stumped slogging at the perfectly-pitched googly.

Two more fell in Karn's next over, the seventh of Knight Riders' innings. Gambhir picked out deep midwicket and Colin de Grandhomme, camped in his crease to a googly he didn't pick, was rapped on the back pad. Knight Riders were 31 for 5.

A brief and inadequate fightback

Suryakumar and Jaggi stemmed the fall of wickets, but runs continued to trickle. By the end of the 12th over, Knight Riders were only 61 for 5. Then Suryakumar swept Krunal to the square-leg boundary and followed up by lifting him inside-out over extra-cover. Jaggi, who had been scoring at well below a run a ball till that point, also got into the act, whipping Malinga for two leg-side fours in the next over. Knight Riders made 22 off the 13th and 14th overs, but they were taking risks in order to score that quickly. Karn came back to bowl the 15th over, and Jaggi, getting too close to the pitch of the ball, whipped him straight to long-on.

There was no real batting to follow, and Knight Riders only added 19 while losing their four remaining wickets, leaving seven balls unused. Johnson picked up two in the 17th over, Bumrah got his third in the 18th, and Malinga finished off the innings with a trademark dipping slower ball in the 19th.

Krunal aces Mumbai's chase

Mumbai only needed one partnership, and they got that courtesy Krunal and Rohit. They lost three wickets before that, though, two to Piyush Chawla. Like Karn, Chawla enjoyed the amount of grip he was getting off the surface; he foxed Lendl Simmons with a googly in the second over, and then bowled Ambati Rayudu after spinning a legbreak past his outside edge. In between, Parthiv Patel, who had hit three fours in racing to 14, top-edged Umesh Yadav to the keeper.

Right from the time he walked in, there was a sense of awareness about Krunal's batting. His first four was a paddle-sweep through the vacant short fine-leg area - Narine had moved that fielder to slip in a bid for wickets. Krunal showed ample signs that he was picking Narine's variations out of his hand, scoring two fours in the 12th over - a dab to fine third man and a chip over the covers.

Rohit pulled Nathan Coulter-Nile straight to deep square leg in the 13th over, but by then Mumbai only needed 20, off 46 balls. They would only need 13 to set up a summit clash against Rising Pune Supergiant.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jayaesh on May 20, 2017, 20:18 GMT

    JB 633: IPL 2017 has been enjoying much higher viewership numbers than ever before infact IPL TV ratings are significantly higher than most International matches which don't involve India If you don't believe me just Google " IPL 2017 TV Ratings", Cricket if it has to survive and flourish needs to adopt a club based model. why just restrict it to T20 leagues , lets have club based leagues for ODIs and Tests also. National team is restricted to 15 odd cricketers while these leagues employ more than 100 Cricketers. Some of us Indian fans want to see all our favorite Indian Cricketers play all the time and till the time ICC allows BCCI to field three Indian teams IPL will continue to flourish .

  • rey on May 20, 2017, 14:08 GMT

    @theultimatetruth.....I agree. However even on a 'good' pitch if Mumbai bat first I give the game to Pune.

  • avishe5451294 on May 20, 2017, 12:12 GMT

    Undoubtedly Sir Rahul dravid has metamorphosed the likes of rishabh pant , shreyas iyer etc and of course if you look at bumrah and krunal pandya , these are excellent prospects. Combined with bhuveneshwar kumar they would be most sought after in next auctions

  • avishe5451294 on May 20, 2017, 12:08 GMT

    Well in the end the better team won .playoffs are expected to be close matches ,but looking at this makes us wonder if the deserving teams went to playoff.In my opinion probably DD players with excellent but inconsistent local talents should be target of next round of auctions ,as good local talents are most adept at handling slow pitches .

  • Ant on May 20, 2017, 11:51 GMT

    Neutral venues for playoff matches is a really illogical idea.

  • raj on May 20, 2017, 11:42 GMT

    The winning combination was disturbed by the KKR management and the result was there to see. If Pathan had to be dropped he had to be dropped in earlier matches. However he could be and perhaps would be released by the KKR in the next season but he should not have been dropped in this important game where he would have been the difference by hitting Karna Sharma out of the game, the way he had done in the earlier match versus the same opposition.

  •   Venkatesh Venkatesh on May 20, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    When a team scores little more than one hundred runs can you expect to win the qualifying match that too eliminator it looks very strange, it was awful sight one after other batsman making parade in & out of the dug out against well organised team quite few of them are young they made best use of opportunity & won. It is high time the organisers should restrict overseas players in each team to three so that local talent can show their talent since few overseas players are spent force in their own soil or rejected players .Most important thing they should resolve the issue when there is nature interventions in proceedings of the match and surely Duck worth Lewis rule is not applicable in 20-20 matches even after ten years they have not made any attempt to resolve this issue just they are following the blind guidelines put forth by Lalit Modi & Co decade back. Hopefully the final will be interesting not one sided affairs it should free from controversy people are fed up with this

  • nvskis8186839 on May 20, 2017, 9:22 GMT

    I hope it will be another easy win in the finals for mumbai indians like they did in 2013 and 2015. @Virs_Ferrari, where r u mate, i am expecting another debate creation from u like created the word fast bowlers and replied me that i have used that word and started debating, i hope cricinfo will take care of such debate creating comments by not publishing them in the future.

  • gurdit on May 20, 2017, 9:22 GMT

    @the_mumbai_indian if pune and gujarat stays, a better suggestion would be to make 2 groups of 5 teams with each team playing the other 4 teams home and away and the teams topping both the groups would play qualifier 1 and the other two teams which finishes second in the group plays eliminator between them.

  • venkat on May 20, 2017, 8:51 GMT

    I am a neutral fan of the IPL. I am surprised people think that Rohit's captaincy or Mahela's coaching had anything to do with this victory. This was a win toss, win game pitch. It proved so on Wednesday and again on Friday. SRH did slightly better than KKR in batting first on a tough track. But, in both cases the chasing team was always going to win.

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