Mumbai Are Headed to the Finals
Mumbai Are Headed to the Finals, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
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Mumbai Indians have accelerated unto their fourth final in IPL history, executing the predicted defeat of Kolkata Knight Riders, by 6 wickets, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The collapse of the Knight Riders was initiated from the commencement of their innings, as they were sent in to bat first and found themselves immediately being pummelled by a slew of calculated deliveries that would leave them reeling at 5 wickets surrendered after just scoring 31 runs in the first seven overs.
The depth and perfect team execution of Mumbai Indians resonated in a powerful manner in today's Qualifier, as Mumbai relied on their proven method of orchestrating just the right mix of bowlers to stand up against any solid Kolkata defense, and to overwhelm their opponents with constant pressure.
In the face of the pressure, Kolkata did their very best not to fold and disappear into oblivion. They even raised what looked like it was shaping into a formidable challenge, in the 13th and 14th overs of their innings. However, player of the match, Karn Sharma would have none of it, and quickly put an end to any hopes that were starting to emerge in their minds of circumventing the continued assault.
Karn would keep the pressure coming in unrelenting form, as he would end the day having claimed the wickets of Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir, Ishank Jaggi, and Colin de Grandhomme. Such was the impenetrable nature of the bowling of Karn and his compatriots, that the Knight Riders would only be able to accrue 19 more runs before losing their remaining quiver of wickets.
In view of the drastically low end of innings tally by Kolkata, it was clear that Mumbai would not have to do much beyond even an average day's play, for them to achieve the chase target. They knocked down the target in no time, thanks to an effective partnership between Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma, finishing with 108 runs from just 20 overs.
Today's Qualifier ended the question of the possible rising of the underdog on the part of Kolkata Knight Riders, and affirmed the continued dominance of Mumbai Indians, which, if sustained, has a very strong chance of allowing them to lay claim to the championship trophy on Sunday, May 21, 2017, against Rising Pune Supergiants, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.