BENGALURU: A 107 runs were not much to defend or chase, but the Bengaluru wicket may have offered a glimmer of hope for Kolkata Knight Riders. But Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma (26; 24b, 1×4, 1×6) and Krunal Pandya (4*; 30b, 8×4), with a 40-ball 54-run partnership, ensured the chase was completed without much fuss.
In a largely lop-sided encounter, the mighty men from Mumbai romped home to a six-wicket win over Gautam Gambhir and his men to set up a Sunday night title date with Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad.
Having messed up their first chance of entering the final with a loss at home to Pune in Qualifier 1, the Mumbai men got everything right on the night, the toss included, as they chased down the below-par total in 14.3 overs.
Although Mumbai were in control of the proceedings for the better part of the match, they did wobble a little and were 36-3 in six overs. But once Rohit and Krunal settled down, the match was well out of Kolkata’s reach. Fittingly Krunal scored the winnings runs -a boundary off Umesh Yadav.
It was 12 nights ago that the M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed a carnage of Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack by Kolkata’s opening duo of Narine and Lynn. The 37-ball-105 on that muggy night was still fresh in memory when the duo came out to bat. But Kolkata did not feast on runs. Instead they allowed the Mumbai bowlers to run riot on a pitch which offered no easy runs.