After a comprehensive win over the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders would have fancied their chances in the second qualifier against Mumbai Indians who were coming off a defeat in the first qualifier against Pune Supergiant.
However, Gautam Gambhir’s men had their task cut out on a slow M. Chinnaswamy track after Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma invited them to bat first.
But the two-time IPL champions from Kolkata faced the heat right from the very first over when their swashbuckling opener Chris Lynn struggled to time the ball. With runs hard to come by, the Australian perished for just four while trying a big shot.
Sunil Narine also struggled to play his usual game and departed after scoring run-a-ball 10, leaving his side reeling at 24 for two. One run later, the Knight Riders found themselves in further trouble when Robin Uthappa departed after scoring just one.
With Manish Pandey out due to injury and senior batsman Yusuf Pathan dropped, Gautam Gambhir was their last hope. The discarded India opener had bailed his team out of the trouble in the eliminator when his 19-ball 32 runs knock helped Kolkata to recover from a shaky start and win the match.
However, the captain fantastic could not replicate his performance against Mumbai Indians and returned to the hut after scoring just 12 with his team reeling at 31 for four in the seventh over.
The left-handed batsman was looking in a good touch, as he had hit two beautifully-timed fours but that could not stop himself from going for another big shot when Karn Sharma bowled a flighted delivery. Sharma bowled a loopy delivery on the middle and leg stump and Gambhir timed it quite well with a slog sweep.
However, his shot lacked the power and he knew it straightaway, as the ball went straight into the hands of Hardik Pandya at the deep mid-wicket.
Here is a clip of that dismissal:
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