Karn Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah on song as Mumbai Indians reach IPL final

Sport360 staff 19/05/2017

An outstanding bowling effort from Mumbai Indians saw them qualify for the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] final after they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.

Karn Sharma was the star for Mumbai as the leg-spinner bowled one of the spells of the tournament, picking up four wickets and conceding just 16 runs from his four overs.

The 29-year-old’s variations were key as he took the wickets of Sunil Narine [10 off 10 balls], Gautam Gambhir [12 off 15 balls], Colin de Grandhomme [0 off 1 ball], and Ishank Jaggi [28 off 31 balls].

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma credited Karn for setting up for the match for Mumbai.

“Karn Sharma bowled really well and set the game for us,” said Rohit.

Jasprit Bumrah was another Mumbai bowler who was on song, with the Indian pacer picking up three wickets and conceding just seven runs from three overs.

Bumrah, who shared the new ball with Mitchell Johnson [2-28 from four overs], took the wicket of Chris Lynn [4 off 8 balls] off his third delivery and the Kolkata batting never really recovered from that early blow as they were bowled out for just 107.

Lynn and Narine, who had enjoyed batting in the Powerplay previously, failed to get going as Kolkata were restricted to 25-3 at the end of six overs.

Gambhir and de Grandhomme fell off successive deliveries soon after and the Knight Riders found themselves staring at a below-par total.

A 56-run partnership between Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav [31 off 25 balls] steadied things for a bit, but another batting collapse in the backend of the innings saw the Kolkata-based franchise losing their last five wickets for just 20 runs.

Mumbai didn’t get off to the best of starts in their pursuit of 108 as they lost the wickets of Lendl Simmons [3 off 6 balls], Parthiv Patel [14 off 9 balls] and Ambati Rayudu [6 off 11 balls], and found themselves 36-3 at the end of the Powerplay.

Piyush Chawla was asked to bowl in the first six overs and he was impressive as he picked up two wickets.

Rohit and Krunal Pandya [45* off 30 balls] were on hand to calm things down and put Mumbai in complete control of the match as they added 54 runs for the fourth wicket.

Although Rohit was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile for a 24-ball 26, Krunal stayed on until the end as Mumbai made it to their fourth IPL final.

Kolkata skipper Gambhir felt that recovering after losing so many wickets early on was obviously going to be very difficult.

“We discussed after the last game as well that this is not a wicket where you get 160 or 170. This is a wicket where you could try to get 140,” said Gambhir.

“We lost too many wickets upfront and once you lose five wickets for 30-odd, obviously it is very difficult for anyone to recover.”

On the other hand, Rohit was pleased with how different players have stepped up for Mumbai at various points in the season.

“I think that [different players stepping up] has been the hallmark of this team. We’re not dependent on one individual. Every individual, who has come at different points, has taken the responsibility, put their hand up and won the game for us,” said Rohit.

Mumbai will meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.

BRIEF SCORES

Kolkata Knight Riders 107 all out, 18.5 overs [Suryakumar 31, Jaggi 28, Karn 4-16, Bumrah 3-7] lost to Mumbai Indians 111-4, 14.3 overs [Krunal 45*, Rohit 26, Chawla 2-34] by six wickets.

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The Indian Premier League is ultimately about performances of Indian players and also unearthing the next national player.

It’s a perfect platform for players to regain their touch and get back into the national team or catch the eye of the selectors in front of a global audience.

Here we look at five Indian players who had an excellent IPL.

GAUTAM GAMBHIR (KKR)

Gambhir has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL over the years and this season, he has been among the runs once again.

One admirable aspect of Gambhir’s game and his captaincy is that he puts his team above himself always and that has seen the 35-year-old push himself down the order at times so that Kolkata Knight Riders can make full use of the fielding restrictions in the first six overs.

With 498 runs to his name this season, there can be no questions asked about Gambhir’s place on this list.

SURESH RAINA (GL)

Raina is a name that is synonymous when it comes to batting exploits in the IPL and once again, he entertained fans with some brilliant batting performances.

Although his team, Gujarat Lions, had a disappointing season (in fact, this is the first time that a team with Raina in it has failed to make it to the playoffs), the left-handed batsman managed to score 442 runs at an average of 40.18.

Raina has scored 350+ runs in all 10 seasons of the IPL, which is a remarkable feat.

AXAR PATEL (KXIP)

This was a tough choice to make as other Indian all-rounders such as Pawan Negi, Hardik Pandya, and Krunal Pandya have had very good seasons. But Axar edges them because of his consistency with both bat and ball.

Axar played some handy knocks for Punjab, scoring 227 runs at an average of 28.37 and a strike-rate of 140.12 over the course of the season.

With the ball, the 23-year-old ended the tournament with 15 wickets to his name which is his best wickets tally in an IPL season since 2014.

BHUVNESHWAR KUMAR (SRH)

Bhuvi had another outstanding season with the ball, which saw him take 26 wickets in 14 matches and it looks likely that he will win the Purple Cap for the second year in a row.

What makes Bhuvneshwar so good in the T20 format is that he has the ability to swing the new ball and is capable of bowling yorkers when asked to bowl in the death overs.

His best spell this season came against Kings XI Punjab when he picked up bowling figures of 5-19 in a thrilling win for Hyderabad. The 19th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar was pivotal in deciding the result of the match as he took two scalps in the over including the big one of Manan Vohra who was batting on 95 at the time.

JAYDEV UNADKAT (RPS)

Having been bought for just Rs3 million at the IPL auction earlier this year, not many would have expected Unadkat to have the impact that he has had.

The left-arm pacer has been one of the main reasons for Rising Pune Supergiant making their way to the final as he has taken 22 wickets in only 11 matches.

Unadkat produced his best in a match against Sunrisers when he picked up a five-wicket haul which included a hat-trick.

With performances like this, it won’t be a surprise if the 25-year-old makes a comeback to the Indian team.

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Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League [IPL] Qualifier 2 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Mumbai have made one change to their team with Mitchell Johnson replacing Mitchell McClenaghan, who is injured.

On the other hand, Kolkata have brought in Colin de Grandhomme and Ankit Rajpoot in place of Trent Boult and Yusuf Pathan.

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