Amidst all the questions surrounding their credibility to make it to the finals, the Mumbai Indians answered them in some style with a dominant performance over the two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru.
By the virtue of the win, the men from Mumbai now have a straight third shot at that IPL title and are set to lock horns with the Rising Pune Supergiant in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday.
The game turned out to be a dull affair, as the Knights never showed up in Bengaluru, as their batting lineup deserted them in the all-important clash. Karn Sharma just ran through the Knight Riders batting, as he picked up his career best figure of 4-16. Needing 109 to win, Mumbai had no hesitation in chasing the total down and got there well within time.
After the win, skipper Rohit Sharma was fully prepared for the final.
“We have been really working hard,” said Rohit Sharma. “We don’t shy away from going into the finals the hard way. Today was the perfect day. Gives you a lot of confidence, bowlers set the day for us. Taking wickets at regular intervals and keeping the score under control. That’s been the hallmark of this team, we’re not dependent on one individual.”
“In the top five, we don’t have any batsman. Shows a team effort. It’s not me, something we have been talking about. I just go and execute what I’ve been told. I rely on my gut feeling as well. It’s very necessary to keep changing. We’ve not had a great history against Rising Pune Supergiant. Just one more hurdle,” said Rohit, looking up for the final.
Karn Sharma was named the Man of the Match, and he admitted that all the hard work he did over the last year had come off. :
“My bowling is coming out well, it wasn’t great last year but I have worked hard on it,” Sharma said. “This was an important game for the team as we had to qualify for the final, so I just tried to get wickets for my team and bowl them out quickly. It’s a good thing that I am helping out the team,” Sharma added.