A dominant Mumbai Indians steamrolled Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League season 10 to set up summit clash with Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday in Hyderabad. Opting to bowl first, MI bowlers - led by Karn Sharma (4/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (3/7) - first bundled out KKR for 107 and Krunal Pandya (41*) ensured MI cantered home with 5.3 overs to spare after an early stutter.
It was not a start KKR would have liked but credit must go to MI and Rohit Sharma who got innovative in their field placings and bowled with a definite plan to curtail Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine. Lynn was the first to go trying to heave a Jasprit Bumrah slower one over long-on, but found Kieron Pollard in the deep. Short of length delivery was the plan for Narine and it worked as the West Indian could only manage 10 off 10 before being foxed by a wide googly from legspinner Karn Sharma. Bumrah then picked up Robin Uthappa with an angled in length delivery trapping the wicket-keeper batsman in front. Karn then dealt a double blow, first in the form of Gautam Gambhir, who perished trying to clear midwicket. Off the next delivery, Colin de Grandhomme was undone by a googly to depart for a golden duck. In a crucial tie, KKR slumped to 31 for five in seven overs.
Jaggi and Suryakumar did admirably well to take KKR to 83 for five in 12 overs and they looked set to up the ante. But the introduction of Karn for the second spell halted KKR's momentum. In a bid to take on the leggie, Jaggi (28) was caught at long-on by Mitchell Johnson. Karn ended with figures of 4-0-16-4. An over later, Johnson claimed two wickets in an over to further dent KKR. Johnson removed Piyush Chawla and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Bumrah added his third wicket of the night in the form of Suryakumar for 31 to end with impressive figures of 3-1-7-3. Malinga finished off the innings cleaning up Ankit Rajpoot.