Mumbai Indians Karn Sharma had an all time best bowling performance taking four wickets and assisted by Jasprit Bumrah who took three ripping the Kolkata Knight Riders batting to shreds in the semifinal match of the 2017 Indian Premier league season at the M Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.
The stars of this match were clearly the Mumbai bowlers Sharma took four for sixteen from four overs Bumrah three,for only seven from three and Mitchell Johnson snared two for 28 from his four overs
Bumrah struck first for Mumbai after they win the toss and elected to field. For most of this season skipper Rohit Sharma seemed to make excellent decisions and it was no different this time. Moving mid on back in the second over for the dangerous Chris Lynn was a perfect set up as Lynn but couldn't clear the waiting Keiron Pollard on the fence. Sunil Narine struck one six over the square leg boundar off Lasith Malinga the in the fifth over tried to dance down the track but did not pick Sharma's googly and was easily stumped.
Four balks later Robin Uthappa tried to flick a pitched up Bumrah delivery through the inside missed and was out leg before at 25/3 KKR were in trouble. Skipper Gautam Gambhir in the seventh over attempted to lift Sharma over midwicket but instead gave the catch to Hardik Pandya. Colin de Grandhomme also failed to pick the googly and was struck plumb in front for a golden duck. Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav then staged a good fight back with a 56 run partnership. Rohit Sharma brought Karn Sharma back for his last over in the fifteenth. Instead of playing him out Jaggi batting well on 28 from 31 with three fours tried to lift one over long on but did not calculate for the calm six foot seven frame of Mitchell Johnson who took the catch comfortably. Kumar feeling the weight on his shoulders after scoring a 25 ball 31 including two fours and one six top edged a hook off shorter Bumrah delivery and was caught by Malinga. KKR limped to a woefully inadequate 107 all out in 18.5 overs.
Mumbai stumbled a little in the short run chase, Simmons bad luck continued as he played forward to a Piyush Chawla googly and was given out leg before but the replay showed the ball missing leg stump. In the third over Parthiv Patel edged an attempted cut of Umesh Yadav and was caught behind for fourteen two overs later Chawla struck again disturbing the stumps of Ambati Rayudu.
Rohit Sharma and Urinal Pandya righted the ship with a 54 run partnership before Sharma on 26 from 24 balls hooked a Mitch Mc McClenaghan bouncer to Ankit Rajpoot at deep square leg.
Krunal was steadfast smashing eight boundaries in his 30 ball 45 not out. He hammered the third ball of the fifteenth over to the third man fence to seal the deal for Mumbai. Pollard was the other not out batsman on nine as they waltzed into Sunday's final against Pune with a score of 111/4.
Pollard was the other not out batsman on nine as they waltzed into Sunday's final against Pune with a score of 111/4.