Clinical KKR beat Sunrisers by 7 wickets to enter Qualifier 2

Yuvraj, who played some fantastic knocks for Hyderabad this season, couldn't get Hyderabad through to the second qualifier as Hyderabad lost to Kolkata in the Eliminator round.

However, Mumbai Indians are considered favourites, having entered the IPL final for the fourth time and are aiming to become the first team to win the title three times. "That's been the hallmark of this team, we're not dependent on one individual", Rohit said at the post-match press conference.

The victor of this match between Kolkata and Mumbai will register a spot in finals of IPl10. Even though Pune hold a 3-0 advantage on Mumbai this season, Karn is confident of his team passing the last hurdle.

Coming out to chase a low total, KKR lost early wickets of Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa but it was the skipper Gautam Gambhir who played an anchor role to ensure the victory for his team.

Karn said after the victory over KKR: "My bowling has come out well, it wasn't great a year ago but I have worked hard on it".

Suryakumar Yadav (31) and Ishank Jaggi (28) put on 56 runs for the sixth wicket but an inspired Mumbai pace attack did not let the advantage slip away at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But Krunal Pandya joined Rohit Sharma, their captain, and led the way with eight fours in 45 from 30 balls to put them on course before Pollard arrived with 23 remaining to help seal the result. By bowling straight, Karn cramped the batsmen for runs and he got his reward for his perseverance.

Gautam Gambhir finished as the second leading run-score of the tournament with 498 runs to his name.

A mighty pulled six from Nathan Coulter-Nile off Mitchell Johnson took the score into three figures amid the flurry of wickets - the maximum proving nothing more than minor irritation for the bowler, who gained his revenge two deliveries later.

"The way we batted wasn't good enough and six over games can be niggly".

Man of the Match Karn Sharma was the pick of the bowlers for MI, courtesy his haul of four wickets for 16 runs.

  • Julie Sanders