The second qualifier between Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) turned out to be a one sided contest and did not live up to the expectations of the fans as KKR put in a disappointing performance with the bat.
KKR Batting Collapse
KKR found themselves in immediate trouble as they lost their overseas openers in Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine cheaply and then got themselves in further trouble when captain Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for just 12. The chief wreckers for the Mumbai Indians was J Bumrah and and leggie K Sharma who between them sent down a total of 7 overs for just 2 runs and took 7 wickets in the process.
The two bowlers broker the back of the KKR batting and Mitchell Johnson cleaned up the tail taking 2 wickets in his four overs restricting KKR to a modest 107. Mumbai Indians were clearly the favourites in the chase but had a scare at the start when they lost 3 wickets for 34 runs.
K Pandya Plays Steady Hand
However a steady partnership between captain R Sharma and K Pandya steadied the ship and although Rohit was dismissed with the score on 88, Kieron Pollard and Pandya coasted home with 5.3 overs to spare. Mumbai Indians will now face the Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) in the IPL Championship on Sunday which will be held at Hyderabad.
Gambhir will no doubt be disappointed that his side did not make the finals after securing two attempts to do so but can once again hold his head up high for leading the side to another IPL qualifier.
Mumbai Indians vs. RPS
Mumbai Indians will be happy that they qualified for the IPL Championship but on one hand will realize that were not tested by KKR and will need to fire on all cylinders if they want to defeat RPS. Once again Mumbai Indians will have to decide on their four overseas players as in qualifier 2 they decided to drop Mitchell Mcclenaghan and play Mitchell Johnson. Rohit Sharma believes that its important for them to continue to keep changing but his decisions regarding who plays and who sits out could be the deciding factor in the IPL final.
In a statement, Rohit Sharma said “We have been really working hard. We don’t shy away from going into the finals the hard way. Today was the perfect day. Shows a team effort.”