Krunal Pandya’s unbeaten 30-ball 45 helped Mumbai Indians record a facile six-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) second qualifier clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.
Mumbai, who finished on 111/4 in 14.3 overs, will now take on Steve Smith’s Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday.
Chasing just 108, Krunal joined hands with skipper Rohit Sharma for a 54-run fourth wicket stand to steady Mumbai’s ship after early hiccups which left them on 34/3 at one stage.
Rohit (26) gave away his wicket cheaply, picking out Ankit Rajpoot at deep square leg off Nathan Coulter-Nile’s delivery.
KKR caused a flutter among Mumbai ranks scalping three wickets inside the first six overs.
Piyush Chawla (2/34) was at the forefront of the early demolition, sending the dangerous Lendl Simmons (3) and Ambati Rayudu (6) back in the hut with a googly and a peach of a delivery respectively which beat Rayudu all ends up.
At the end of Powerplay, Mumbai were in a spot of bother at 36/3. But once Rohit and Krunal saw off the initial few overs, it was Mumbai all the way as the latter played the role of aggressor with deft fours and lusty sixes to inflict a 16th defeat on their rivals in the two sides’ 21st meeting.
Krunal’s innings was laced with eight fours and no six. With him at the crease was Keiron Pollard (not out 9) when Krunal hit the winning runs.
Earlier, Mumbai leg-spinner Karn Sharma took four wickets to bowl out KKR for a paltry 107 in 18.5 overs.
Karn (4/16) was brilliant on the night taking the wickets of Sunil Narine (10), Gautam Gambhir (12), Colin de Grandhomme (0) and Ishank Jaggi (28) to derail KKR’s innings.
Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Jaggi put a semblance of a fight with a 56-run association for the sixth wicket but could not script a turnaround as the former fell in the 18th over looking to accelerate.
Umesh Yadav (2) was not out as Rajpoot (4) was the last man to be dismissed.
Opener Chris Lynn (4) was sent back early by medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3/7) with a fullish delivery which the explosive Australian tried to loft over mid-on but was picked up by Pollard.
The men in purple, who usually score at a brisk pace in the Powerplay overs, struggled to get going with the ball not coming on to the bat even as Gambhir continued his good form hitting the first four of the innings in the third over off Mitchell Johnson, playing in place of Mitchell McClenaghan.
Narine, kept quiet by Bumrah, Mitchell Johnson (2/28) and Lasith Malinga (1/24), cut loose with an uppish shot over deep midwicket for the first six of the innings before Karn outfoxed the West Indian spinner with a googly that saw Parthiv Patel effect an easy stumping.
Robin Uthappa (1) did not last long, being trapped plumb by Bumrah, while trying to flick across the line.
After six overs, KKR could muster just 25/3, and captain Gambhir lost his wicket five balls into the seventh over. The southpaw was looked good before playing against the turn off Karn for Hardik Pandya to pouch the ball at deep midwicket.
Keeping veteran tweaker Harbhajan Singh on the bench, Karn vindicated his captain’s faith in him by taking the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme in the next delivery, pinging the New Zealander on his backfoot for an easy leg before decision.
After 10 overs, KKR were tottering at 43/5. In the next four overs, Suryakumar and Jaggi sought to stem the rout, scoring 40 runs before their stand was broken by the excellent Karn, taking the prized scalp of Jaggi.
Chawla departed adding just two to the total and Coulter-Nile tonked Johnson for a six to bring up KKR’s 100 in the 17th over before getting out. (IANS Match Report)
Ball-by-ball highlight of the match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders
11: 02 PM IST | MI 111/4. Mumbai Indians have won against Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets
14.3: FOUR! Krunal Pandya gets a boundary to third man; Match ENDS!
14.2: Krunal Pandya plays a dot to short mid on
14.1: Pollard takes a single to point
14.1: Umesh Yadav into the attack, starts with a WIDE ball
10: 58 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, MI 105/4
13.6: FOUR! Krunal drives the half volley to long off boundary
13.5: Pollard takes a single
13.5: WIDE! Second of the over for Rajpoot
13.4: Krunal guides the ball to third man for a single
13.3: Pollard takes a single to backward square leg
13.2: Pollard Pulls the short ball to deep square leg for FOUR runs
13.1: Rajpoot into the attack, starts with a single to Krunal to mid wicket
10: 53 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, MI 91/4
12.6: Pollard ends the over with a dot
12.5: Pollard flicks off the pads to mid wicket for 2 runs
12.4: Kieron Pollard starts with a dot ball
12.3: Krunal takes a single to cover
12.2: WICKET! Rohit Sharma 26(24) gets outside his crease and pulls the ball to mid wicket, finds Rajpoot; MI 88/4
12.1: Nile into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rohit Sharma
10: 47 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, MI 88/3
11.6: Krunal finishes the over with a dot
11.5: Another dot to Krunal
11.4: Krunal plays a dot
11.3: FOUR! Krunal Pandya drives to extra cover
11.2: Krunal plays a dot
11.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, Krunal uses pace of the ball to guide it to third man boundary for FOUR runs
10: 43 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, MI 80/3
10.6: Rohit Sharma gets on one knee to loft the ball over long on for a huge SIX
10.5: Rohit Sharma plays a dot
10.4: Krunal takes a single to cover point
10.3: FOUR! Krunal picks the tossed up ball and sweeps ther ball to long on boundary
10.2: FOUR! Krunal gets to the ball of pitches up delivery by Chawla and hammers to straight boundary
10.1: Piyush Chawla continues, starts with a single to long off to Rohit Sharma
10: 39 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, MI 64/3. Mumbai Indians need 44 runs in 60 balls
9.6: Krunal plays a dot of the last ball
9.5: Rohit flicks the ball to mid wicket for a single
9.4: Rohit plays a dot
9.3: Krunal guides the ball to third man for a single
9.2: Krunal plays a dot
9.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a single to Rohit Sharma to covers
10: 33 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, MI 61/3
8.6: Rohit Sharma takes a single to square leg
8.5: Krunal takes a single to sweeper cover
8.4: FOUR! Krunal sweeps the ball pitching outside leg stump ti fine leg boundary
8.3: Krunal plays a dot
8.2: Rohit Sharma gets an inside edge to short third man; that was a wrong one from Piyush Chawla
8.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a tossed up delivery; Rohit Sharma drives the ball to sweeper cover for FOUR runs
10: 28 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, MI 50/3
7.6: Rohit Sharma takes a single to long on; FIFTY up for Mumbai Indians
7.5: Krunal flicks of the backfoot to mid wicket for a single
7.4: Krunal plays on the up to deep extra cover for 2 runs
7.3: Rohit Sharma guides the ball to third man for a single
7.2: Rohit Sharma plays a dot to point
7.1: Coulter-Nile into the attack, starts with a single to Krunal to deep mid wicket
10: 24 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, MI 44/3
6.6: Krunal takes a single to square leg of the last ball
6.5: FOUR! Krunal gets to the bounce of the ball and guides it to fine leg boundary
6.4: Another dot to Krunal
6.3: Krunal plays a dot
6.2: Rohit Sharma plays to mid on for a single
6.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, Rohit scoops the ball to fine leg for 2 runs
10: 21 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, MI 36/3. End of Power Play
5.6: Krunal plays a dot of the last ball
5.5: Krunal Pandya gets off the mark with 2 runs to mid wicket
5.4: WICKET! Ambati Rayudu 6(11) is bowled by Piyush Chawla; KKR 34/3
5.3: Rayudu plays a dot
5.2: Rohit takes a single to long on
5.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a single to Rayudu to mid wicket
10: 15 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, MI 32/2
4.6: Rayudu takes a single to long on of the last ball
4.5: Another dot ball to Rayudu
4.4: Rayudu plays a dot; good variation by Narine
4.3: Rayudu plays a dot; turn and bounce for Sunil Narine
4.2: Rohit flicks off the pads to square leg for a single
4.1: Sunil Narine into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Rohit Sharma
10: 12 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, MI 30/2
3.6: Rohit Sharma takes a quick single to cover point of the last ball
3.5: Rayudu opens the face of the bat to guide the ball to third man for a single
3.4: Rohit Sharma picks the short ball and pulls along the ground to deep mid wicket for a single
3.3: Rohit Sharma plays to short cover for no run
3.2: Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with 2 runs to deep mid-wicket
3.1: Nathan Coulter-Nile into the attack, starts with a quick single to Rayudu
10: 07 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, MI 24/2
2.6: Rohit Sharma plays a dot of the last ball
2.5: WICKET! Parthiv Patel 14(9) edges the ball to wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa; KKR lose the second wicket
2.4: Rayudu takes a quick single to point
2.3: Parthiv guides the ball outside off stump to third-man for a single
2.2: FOUR! Parthiv flicks the ball into his pads to fine leg boundary
2.1: Umesh Yadav continues, Parthiv plays on the up to extra cover boundary for FOUR runs
10: 02 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, MI 14/1
1.6:: Parthiv flicks to mid wicket for a single
1.5: Parthiv plays a dot
1.4: Ambati Rayudu gets off the mark with a single to mid wicket
1.3: WICKET! Lendl Simmons 3(6) is caught Lbw; Piyush Chawla strikes
1.2: Another dot ball to Simmons
1.1: Piyush Chawla into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Simmons
09: 56 PM IST | 1 over bowled, MI 7/0
0.6: Parthiv Patel gets off the mark with a FOUR to sweeper cover
0.5: Leg byes (FOUR) to fine leg
0.4: Parthiv Patel plays a dot
0.3: Simmons takes a quick single to leg side
0.2: Lendl Simmons gets off the mark with 2 runs to extra cover
0.1: Umesh Yadav to begin the bowling attack, starts with a dot ball to Lendl Simmons
09: 54 PM IST | The Chase Begins! Mumbai Indians openers Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons are in the middle
09: 38 PM IST | KKR 107-all out. What an outstanding performance by Mumbai Indians bowlers. They are one foot into the final of IPL 2017
18.5: Rajpoot is bowled by Malinga by a fuller slow ball.
18.4: Rajpoot plays another dot
18.3: Rajpoot plays a dot; very well bowled slow ball by Malinga
18.2: Umesh Yadav plays to deep mid-wicket for a single
18.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Umesh Yadav
09: 33 PM IST | 18 overs bowled, KKR 106/9
17.6: Rajpoot plays a dot of the last ball
17.5: Swing and a miss for Rajpoot
17.4: Rajpoot plays a dot
17.3: Rajpoot gets thin inside edge and the ball races to fine leg boundary for FOUR
17.2: Umesh Yadav takes a single to cover point
17.1: WICKET! Suryakumar 31(25) pulls the slow short ball from Jasprit Bumrah to deep square leg fielder Malinga; KKR 101/9
09: 28 PM IST | 17 overs bowled, KKR 101/8
16.6: Suryakumar takes a single to long off
16.5: WICKET! Nile 6(4) hands a simple catch to Hardik Panya at mid wicket; Mitchell Johnson gets his man with a good slow ball
16.4: Johnson comes with a very well directed short bouncer, no run
16.3: SIX! Nile picks the short ball from Mitchel Johnson and pulls over mid wicket for a maximum; gets off the mark in style
16.2: Coulter-Nile is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
16.1: WICKET! Piyush Chawla 2(6) tries to loft over mid-off, gets the toe end and a simple catch to Ambati Rayudu; KKR 92/7
16.1: Mitchel Johnson starts the over with WIDE (2 runs)
09: 21 PM IST | 16 overs bowled, KKR 92/6
15.6: Chawla plays a dot of the last ball
15.5: Chawla plays another dot
15.4: Chawla plays a dot ball; well directed short ball by Hardik
15.3: Suryakumar takes a single to third man
15.2: Suryakumar pulls to backward square leg for 2 runs
15.1: Hardik Pandya into the attack, starts with a single to Chawla
09: 16 PM IST | 15 overs bowled, KKR 88/6
14.6: Piyush Chawla takes a single to long off
14.5: WICKET! Ishank Jaggi 28(31) hits the ball straight to Mitchel Johnson at long on; KKR 87/6
14.4: Jaggi plays a dot to cover point
14.3: Suryakumar pulls to mid wicket for a single
14.2: Jaggi takes a single to mid-wicket
14.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a single to Suryakumar to square leg
09: 05 PM IST | 14 overs bowled, KKR 83/5
13.6: FOUR! Jaggi pulls the ball between long on and deep mid wicket
13.5: Suryakumar pushes the ball to extra cover for a single
13.4: Leg byes (1 run)
13.3: Suryakumar plays to mid wicket for a single
13.2: Jaggi takes a single to cover
13.1: Jaggi flicks the slow ball from Malinga for FOUR to squre leg
09: 05 PM IST | 13 overs bowled, KKR 71/5
12.6: Dot to end the over
12.5: Suryakumar plays a dot
12.4: Jaggi takes a single to on side
12.3: Suryakumar takes a single to square of the wicket
12.2: SIX! Krunal bowls wide, Suryakumar plays inside out over sweeper cover boundary for a maximum
12.1: Suryakumar sweeps Krunal Pandya to square leg for Four runs; Krunal under pressure
09: 00 PM IST | 12 overs bowled, KKR 61/5
11.6: Jaggi takes a single to mid-wicket of the last ball
11.5: Suryakumar takes a quick single to mid wicket
11.4: Another sharp bouncer by Johnson; fast and furious
11.3: Wing and a miss for Suryakumar; good pace in that short bouncer by Mitchel Johnson
11.2: Jaggi places the ball to mid wicket for 3 runs
11.1: Mitchel Johnson back into the attack, Jaggi drives the slow ball to extra cover boundary for FOUR runs
08: 55 PM IST | 11 overs bowled, KKR 53/5
10.6: Jaggi gets an outside edge, ball goes to short third man. 1 run in the end
10.5: Suryakumar punches the ball to long on for a single
10.4: Jaggi places the ball to deep mid wicket for a single
10.3: Suryakumar takes a quick single to cover
10.2: Suryakumar plays a dot
10.1: Suryakumar welcomes Krunal Pandya with a sweep shot for a SIX over square leg boundary
08: 52 PM IST | 10 overs bowled, KKR 43/5
9.6: Jaggi takes a couple to long on of the last ball
9.5: Suryakumar plays to mid-wicket for a single
9.4: Jaggi makes rooms and slaps the ball to mid off for a single
9.3: Jaggi plays another dot
9.2: Jaggi plays a dot
9.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack. starts with a dot ball to Jaggi
08: 47 PM IST | 9 overs bowled, KKR 39/5
8.6: Single off the last ball to Jaggi
8.5: Suryakumar plays to long off for a single
8.4: Jaggi takes a single to mid wicket
8.3: Jaggi plays another dot
8.2: Another dot ball to Jaggi; very good bowling by Karn Sharma
8.1: Karn Sharma continues, starts with a dot ball to Jaggi
08: 40 PM IST | 8 overs bowled, KKR 36/5
7.6: Suryakumar plays a dot of the last ball
7.5: Jaggi takes a single to mid-wicket
7.4: Suryakumar takes a single to cover
7.3: Suryakumar Yadav gets off the mark with a couple to off side
7.2: Jaggi takes a single
7.1: Krunal Pandya into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Jaggi
08: 36 PM IST | 7 overs bowled, KKR 32/5
6.6: WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme is Lbw for a duck; KKR in trouble
6.5: WICKET! Gautam Gambhir 12(15) slogs the top spinner from Karn Sharma straight to deep mid wicket fielder Hardik Pandya. KKR 31/4
6.4: Gambhir plays a dot
6.3: Jaggi plays to square leg for a single; turn and bounce for Karn Sharma
6.2: Gambhir plays a dot
6.1: Karn Sharma into the attack, starts with a FOUR to Gambhir to long off
08: 31 PM IST | 6 overs bowled, KKR 25/3. End of Power Play
5.6: Jaggi plays a dot to finish the over
5.5: Another dot ball to Jaggi
5.4: Dot ball to Jaggi; Hardik saves a certain boundary at point
5.3: Ishank Jaggi into the attack, starts with a dot ball
5.2: WICKET! Robin Uthappa 1(3) is caught plumb; umpire says Lbw
5.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a dot to Uthappa
08: 26 PM IST | 5 overs bowled, KKR 25/2
4.6: Gambhir plays a dot of the last ball
4.5: Robin Uthappa gets off the mark with a single to mid on
4.4: WICKET! Sunil Narine 10(10) goes for the big hit; Karn Sharma bowls a googly. Narine misses and is stumped by Uthappa behind the stumps. KKR 24/2
4.3: Gambhir takes a single to mid-wicket
4.2: Leg Byes (1 run); Narine off the strike
4.1: Karn Sharma (Right-arm leg break) into the attack, starts with a dot ball to Narine
08: 20 PM IST | 4 overs bowled, KKR 22/1
3.6: Gambhir plays a dot of the last ball
3.5: Gambhir plays a dot; he wanted to guide that ball to the third-man, misses outside edge by a fraction
3.4: Narine drives to long off for a single
3.3: SIX! Narine picks the slow short ball and flicks the ball over square leg boundary; first of the KKR innings
3.2: Gambhir takes a quick single to short mid off
3.1: Lasith Malinga into the attack. Leg byes (1 run), Narine gets off the strike
08: 16 PM IST | 3 overs bowled, KKR 13/1
2.6: Gambhir plays a dot to point of the last ball
2.5: WIDE! Mitchell Johnson tries a short bouncer, too high for Gambhir
2.5: Narine gets on toes to flick the ball to fine leg for a single
2.4: Gambhir flicks the ball to square leg for a single
2.3: FOUR! Gautam Gambhir punches the half volley from M Johnson to long off boundary
2.2: Narine flicks to short fine leg for a single
2.1: Mitchell Johnson continues, starts with a dot to Narine
08: 10 PM IST | 2 overs bowled, KKR 5/1
1.6: Gambhir plays a dot to end the over
1.5: Another dot ball to Gambhir
1.4: Gautam Gambhir is the new batsman, starts with a dot ball
1.3: WICKET! Chris Lynn tries to lost the good length ball, sends the ball straight to long on fielder Pollard; KKR 5/1
1.2: Sunil Narine gets off the mark with a single of the low fulltoss to short mid off
1.1: Jasprit Bumrah into the attack, starts with a single to Chris Lynn to long on
08: 04 PM IST | 1 over bowled, KKR 3/0
0.6: Lynn takes a single to square leg of the last ball
0.5: Chris Lynn gets off the mark with a couple to fine leg; Lynn was not at all in position to pull that good short bouncer from Mitchell Johnson
0.4: Chris Lynn tries to cut the ball outside off syump, misses connecting. No run
0.3: Chris lynn plays a dot; good slow ball by Mitchel Johnson
0.2: Chris Lynn pushes the ball back to the bowler, no run
0.1: Mitchel Johnson to begin the bowling attack for Mumbai Indians, starts with a dot ball to Chris Lynn
07: 58 PM IST | Match Begins! Kolkata Knight Riders openers Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are in the middle to start the proceedings.
07: 40 PM IST | Here is the final playing XI for Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Team Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel (w), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Team Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa (w), Ishank Jaggi, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2017
07: 32 PM IST | Toss TIME! Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
07: 25 PM IST | Short Closure!
Bengaluru has witnessed more rain than cricket in last one week. The two paced track at M Chinnaswamy Stadium will help the spinners and pacers with cross seam delivery.
Both the captains will want to field first and use the advantage of the pitch to restrict the opposition for a low total.
Having said that, it will not be very easy for the team batting second either to have a free go at the bowlers.
With all at stake battle, the least both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians will worry about the pitch.
They both want to win the IPL 2017 title. Period
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 19, 2017
07: 15 PM IST | Destructive Kolkata Knight Riders
The last time Kolkata Knight Riders faced Mumbai Indians, the game cost them a chance to the make it to the final two teams in the points table before the playoffs.
KKR Coach Jacques Kallis and Captain Gautam Gambhir must be relieved after they eliminated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last fixture that turned out to be a rain-marred affair.
The game was relegated by (DLW method) asking KKR to score 48 runs from 6 overs after they restricted SRH to 120 in their 20 overs. KKR achieved the target after losing 3 wickets and 4 balls still remaining in the match.
Gambhir led KKR have virtually run over every opponent they have faced this season, but it’s the early loss of wickets that panics the team into a self-destructive mode and the middle order collapse.
With Manish Pandey — 396 runs in 14 matches — out of tonight’s fixture due to an injury, there will be extra pressure on the likes of Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan to carry the baton of the middle order tonight.
A much will still depend on the kind of start openers Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn give to the team. With such a crucial game at hand, KKR will hope their opening pair to flourish just like so many times they have done this IPL season.
Batting at number 3, skipper Gautam Gambhir will once again have to carry the team on his shoulders.
Having played on the Bengaluru track earlier, Gambhir will want to go with three spinners (Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav) and the pace attack Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult.
07: 08 PM IST | Mighty Mumbai Indians
Mumbai on Tuesday lost the first Qualifier in a rush to wrap up the game after they restricted Pune Supergiant to 162 runs. They gave away wickets early on and then never got back in the game against the disciplined RPS bowlers.
Mumbai Indians Coach Mahela Jayawardene and Captain Rohit Sharma would have given their piece of mind and experience to the unit after the debacle.
Ahead of the game tonight, Mumbai Indians despite an advantage of 15-5 over Knight Riders will take no half measures and will want to relegate those facts to just boost the morale of the team — absolutely nothing more.
This is a fresh day and Mumbai Indians will have to work as per a plan against the destructive Knights who when on the song, have been notoriously running over their opponents in this IPL season.
The strength of Mumbai Indians lies in its solid batting line up.
Openers Parthiv Patel (377 runs in 14 matches) and Lendl Simmons (131 runs in 5 matches) have so far instrumental in proving team a solid start within the Power Play.
The middle order of Mumbai will be depending on Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu. All three have chipped in with essential scores and will be required to mirror their performance once again tonight.
The bowling attack will rest with the experience of Lasith Malinga, JaspritBumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.
The double bounce in M Chinnaswamy Stadium is still in play and helps the spinners. This might push Mumbai Indians to use Harbhajan Singh in tonight’s game.
06: 58 PM IST | Hello and a very warm welcome to our live IPL blog for the second Eliminator of the 2017 Vivo IPL slated to be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.