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Mumbai Indians march into IPL final, beat Knight Riders

Updated May 20, 2017 12:04am


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Mumbai Indians bowler Mitchell Johnson celebrates with teammates. —AFP
Mumbai Indians bowler Mitchell Johnson celebrates with teammates. —AFP
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after dismissing Nathan Coulter Nile. —AFP
Mitchell Johnson celebrates after dismissing Nathan Coulter Nile. —AFP

Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah destroyed Kolkata Knight Riders by sharing seven wickets as Mumbai Indians stormed into the final of the Indian Premier League playoffs with a six-wicket victory on Friday.

The two-time champions Mumbai Indians now meet Rising Pune Supergiant in the final on Sunday. Sharma grabbed 4-16 off his deceptive leg-spin bowling while Bumrah took 3-7 as Knight Riders were bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs after Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to field first.

Krunal Pandya top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls while Rohit scored 26 and carried Mumbai Indians to 111-4 with more than five overs to spare.

Earlier, Rohit placed his fielders intelligently in the batting powerplay to earn Mumbai vital wickets off hard-hitting Chris Lynn (4) and Sunil Narine (10).

Shah Rukh Khan waves to supporters during the 2017 IPL match. —AFP
Shah Rukh Khan waves to supporters during the 2017 IPL match. —AFP

Lynn holed out to Kieron Pollard at long on off Bumrah's first over while Narine tried to break the shackles before he was deceived by Sharma's googly and was stumped in the fifth over.

Robin Uthappa (1) was undone by Bumrah's pace when he attempted a flick and was adjudged lbw. And Sharma exposed the lower batting order as early as in the seventh over when he dismissed captain Gautam Gambhir (12) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) off successive deliveries and reduced Knight Riders to 5-31.

Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Ishank Jaggi (28) never looked threatening in their 56-run sixth-wicket stand before Sharma returned and had Jaggi caught in the deep in the 15th over.

Mitchell Johnson (2-28) and Lasith Malinga (1-24) then wrapped up the innings quickly as Knight Riders couldn't utilize their full quota of 20 overs.

Mumbai Indians opener Lendl Simmons (3) was unlucky to be adjudged lbw off Piyush Chawla (2-34) as television replays suggested the leg-spinner's googly would have missed the leg stump.

Chawla also clean bowled Ambati Rayudu (6) before Rohit and Pandya put the chase firmly on track with a 54-run fourth wicket stand.


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Kidding me...?? May 20, 2017 01:32am

Y do y'all even care...

Lohpurush May 20, 2017 01:36am

Good to see Dawn covering IPL. I feel in the interest of cricket , Pakistan players be allowed to play IPL. IPL has brought individual riches to Australian and Windies players and some money with Pak players will help cricket in the country.

Dexter May 20, 2017 01:43am

Pune is going to beat Bombay....that too without Stokes. Sorry Sachin sir, love you but dis time itz gonna be Supergiants....

Saif zulfiqar May 20, 2017 02:01am

Wow Indians have got so much of entertainment in the form of ipl

Iztraab May 20, 2017 03:52am

Who cares?

riz1 May 20, 2017 04:05am

Nice. An all maharashtra finale. I do not mind either side winning, as my heart is with Mumbai, but mind us with Pune. Mai the best team win, preferably Pune, as Dhoni needs this one

badeMiyaa May 20, 2017 06:48am

Who cares in Pakistan about this except bookies?

Atiqullah May 20, 2017 06:49am

My favourite side is Pune. Love from Afghanistan.

ind bihari May 20, 2017 07:55am

@Kidding me...?? Hey bro..its OK man...if Dawn is showing IPL news...We also read dawn bro...and we love it

kerala May 20, 2017 07:59am

@Kidding me...?? Because IPL has a great fan following in Pakistan. It becomes Pakistan top twitter trends whenever some IPL match is happening in India. On top of that live telecast by Pakistani TV channel. Admit it -IPL is the King of all leagues

Anuj May 20, 2017 09:12am

@Lohpurush no need.

GAUR May 20, 2017 09:13am

@Lohpurush I feel they shouldn't be allowed.

Indi rocks May 20, 2017 09:13am

@Lohpurush they have PSL, they don't need IPL.

Amit May 20, 2017 09:13am

@Iztraab Brother the world cares ipl. Australia, new Zealand, England,west indies, bangladeah, south africa, sri lanka, Afghanistan all cares. The top cricketer of the world smith,ab,williamson,kohli,maxwell all cares. Dont be so angry:-))

Adnan May 20, 2017 09:19am

IPL an event ridden with corruption and a great opportunity for Bookies.

Indi rocks May 20, 2017 09:35am

@Adnan as if PSL is all clean, couldn't survive for even a couple of editions without corruption.

Dexter May 20, 2017 09:38am

@Adnan "IPL an event ridden with corruption and a great opportunity for Bookies". This reminds me of story involving sour grapes.

Anuj May 20, 2017 09:44am

@Adnan yes and PSL is corruption free, right ?

KT May 20, 2017 09:48am

SRK and KKR will now watch final on their TV. The battle will be between Dhoni and Rohit in Hyderabad on Sunday 21

PAMNANI - INDIA May 20, 2017 10:03am

It would be better if Cricketers (not attached with Bookies) of Pakistan are also included by IPL Team Owners for more interest and fun in cricket.

Pitbull May 20, 2017 10:20am

@Lohpurush We Indians also want to see Pakistani players in IPL, but this is purely a business and corporate decision. I doubt if any IPL owners will invest in players whose availability depends upon the cross border violations and shots fired at the border. I hope u understand bro.

ravi May 20, 2017 10:24am

war between maratha warriors.

anuj May 20, 2017 10:42am

@PAMNANI - INDIA IPL has thrived since 2008 edition, nobody misses our western neighbor.

Indi rocks May 20, 2017 10:43am

@PAMNANI - INDIA Yeah sure! despite all thats happening between the two countries, right?

GAUR May 20, 2017 10:47am

@PAMNANI - INDIA Anything else sir ?

LAW May 20, 2017 10:50am

@PAMNANI - INDIA Another Gandhi in the making.

LAW May 20, 2017 10:51am

@Lohpurush Charity begins at home, why don't you help them personally first?

GAUR May 20, 2017 10:52am

@Lohpurush How kind hearted! Anything else ?

PRANJALI May 20, 2017 11:12am

The commercials (advertisements ) alone have crosed the INR 1200 crores this year .only digital ads have scored 120 crores inr ! this is sign of healthy growing fast democractic republic india as is IPL theme this year das saal appke naam !!

Luke furtado May 20, 2017 11:20am

Both teams in the final are from Maharashtra state so being a Goan I'll support Poona...........

Luke furtado May 20, 2017 11:22am

@Dexter..... MS Dhoni & Steven Smith......It's impossible to beat these two minds working collectively......Just ask Rohit Sharma cause he's had to learn it the hard yes it's Pune for the trophy.........

Adnan May 20, 2017 11:32am

Majority of matches were either one sided or dull, as informed by my india friend.

Anuj May 20, 2017 12:50pm

@Adnan just like present days IND-PAK matches be it WC 2015, WT20 2016, 14, 12. Only in Asia cup 2014 PAK won it in last over against Indian side devoid of MSD and Raina.

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO May 20, 2017 03:56pm


What you are also missing out on is that, that particular team of 2014 for Asia Cup was a "young team of the future"; it was put under a captain with only three steady years of national cricket (Kohli), and guys like Rahane, Ashwin and Dhawan, who maybe "first draw" now, were not so then. But the selectors had already started working on the "next generation team" for the 2015 WC; so Gambhir, Zaheer, Sehwag, Harbhajan and even Yuvraj were out.

We saw the result 2-3 months later during the World T20 of 2014; Dhoni and Raina were back, and Pakistan was pasted by India under regular captain Dhoni. If Yuvraj had not lost his nerve in the final and slowed down the game, we would have won the final too against SL.

Anyway, the bottom line: Pakistan was pasted by India a few months after Asia Cup 2014 in the World T20, and as the new team gelled further, again at the World Cup 2015....then again (Asia Cup 2016) and again (World T20 2016).

Indi rocks May 20, 2017 04:46pm

@Pitbull and by 'we Indians', how many Indians are you talking about exactly ?

Anuj May 20, 2017 04:51pm

@tomUHTO TAWMAYTO LOL! Still remember that match of Asia Cup in 2014, PAK players celebrated like a WC triumph. And if you look at the defeats they suffered afterwards, Indian players celebrated like its very usual for them. In all 3 occassions I didn't saw players running out of dugout in mad celebrations. It proves for PAK its a big deal to defeat IND while for the latter its common routine.

Anuj May 20, 2017 04:55pm

@tomUHTO TAWMAYTO thats interesting thing you pointed out about Yuvi in that WT20 2014 final. He played slow, very slow but was never accused of malpractice, had it been PAK you could imagine all sorts of conspiracy theories floating around.

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO May 20, 2017 06:16pm


Oh, that time, when I had pointed out here that India was passing through a re-building phase with kids who stretched Pakistan to the last three deliveries, how people laughed at me and booed me in these columns.

Guess who had the last laugh since then????

J. Gamble May 20, 2017 09:21pm

@PAMNANI - INDIA -Your comments are not understood. Please try to use simple and plain English.

J. Gamble May 20, 2017 09:54pm

@Dexter -Don't call Sachin Sir. He does not deserve this respect. There are too many better players than him. He was always an over-rated plaeyer.

BORED May 20, 2017 10:19pm

IPL attracts the most talented players globally, hence no place for Pakistanis as it's purely world class talent only!