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MI, KKR lock horns in qualifier 2 to enter IPL final

MI, KKR lock horns in qualifier 2 to enter IPL final

Earlier in the season, heavy rain had caused the abandonment of the Royal Challengers Bangalore versus Sunrisers Hyderabad match on April 25 without a ball being bowled.

KKR have an abysmal 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year. KKR, after losing the top three batsmen in the first two overs, managed to get over the line with four balls to spare with skipper Gautam Gambhir (32*) and Ishank Jaggi (5*) at the crease.

Needing 60 runs off last 24 balls, Hardik Pandya had finished the job in dramatic fashion, smashing 29 off 11 balls. So, the KKR seal their spot in Qualifier 2 against the Mumbai Indians. The two-time champions won the rain-truncated match by 7 wickets to enter the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2017.

Both teams have won the Indian Premier League title twice, but Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians do not match each other in terms of success when they play each other. Muttiah Muralitharan, Sunrisers' bowling coach, said it was his team's "destiny" to not progress. "I also congratulate all the players who played really well for us".

Glad on the winning side tonite.

Coulter-Nile is right in his assessment - MI last played at this venue a little over a month ago. Lynn had scored a quick-fire fifty off just 21 balls against Gujarat Lions on his return at Chinnaswamy stadium after recovering from an injury.

"I think overall if you see, the Bengaluru wicket this year was very low scoring". The likes of Sunil Narine and Kuldeep Yadav have been economical.

But then that was bound to happen as some rain would have fallen on the pitch before the covers came on and allowed for the ball to come on better. Dhawan skied a Umesh Yadav delivery for Robin Uthappa to pouch in the fifth over and Hyderabad could muster only 30/1 in the Powerplay. Batting at No 4 to lend balance to the team hasn't helped India's limited-overs opener either. But still Kolkata's batting order baffled many during their eliminator match on Wednesday night. In a high pressure game of 20 overs, when a chasing team lose three top order wickets cheaply, it is not easy to win the game especially when the chasing team is pitted against a strong bowling attack.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Lendl Simmons, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Shreyas Gopal, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagdish Suchith, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Karn Sharma and Vinay Kumar.


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