Karn Sharma spins Mumbai Indians to victory to setup a showdown with Pune in the finals

The spinners ruled the roost in the Qualifier 2 game of Indian Premier League as Karn Sharma led the way with leg breaks to produce a match-winning effort for Mumbai to overcome Kolkata. Sharma bagged four wickets for Mumbai Indians to dismiss Knight Riders for just 107 runs in 18.5 overs.

With this win, Mumbai Indians will face Rising Pune Supergiants for the fourth time in Indian Premier League 2017 finals that will be played at Hyderabad. The below-par score was never going to challenge Mumbai’s star studded batting lineup but Piyush Chawla bowled well for Kolkata to make early inroads to see the two-time champion’s slump to 34 for 3 after 5.4 overs. Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel perished early in the innings as Mumbai showed signs of nerves in a knockout game.

Rohit Sharma added 54 runs with Krunal Pandya to see Mumbai inch closer to the target. Sharma eventually departed for 26 runs dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile to see Mumbai lose fourth wicket. Kieron Pollard came to the crease and stayed till the end along with Pandya to see Mumbai notch-up a comfortable six wicket over Kolkata Knight Riders in 14.3 overs.

Mumbai Indians won the toss and put Kolkata into bat as Rohit Sharma cited inclement weather as reasons to bowl first. The two-time champions had Kolkata in all sorts of trouble as Gautam Gambhir and co. slumped to 31 for 5 before Ishank Jaggi and Surya Kumar Yadav produced vital runs for the side but that was not enough as the side were shot out for less than 110-run mark. Karn Sharma was the chief destroyer with the ball as he dismissed Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine in the early overs of the innings.

 

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