Mumbai Indians deserved to be in IPL 2017 final: Rohit Sharma

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Thursday expressed his displeasure at the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs not having a reserve day in case of a washout.

After Bumrah dismissed Chris Lynn for four in the second over, the 29-year-old Sharma emerged as the wrecker-in-chief, sending back KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (12) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) off consecutive balls, besides castling Narine in the fifth over.

Nathan Coulter-Nile had the best bowling figure for KKR with 3/20 in four overs while Umesh Yadav picked up couple of wickets.

Disappointed Gambhir said, "We discussed after the last game that we couldn't get 160-170 here, we needed 140". Karn Sharma's spell for the Mumbai Indians was precisely that. "We started well in the first six overs and were in the game". Mitchell Johnson, a key member of the team when Mumbai won the title in 2013, has made just three appearance this season, while Mitchell McClenaghan, who has claimed 19 wickets (14 matches) at an economy rate of 9.38, has got the nod despite leaking runs during crunch situations. In the end, KKR fans, as well as the neutrals, were left disappointed as the game ended up being a highly one-sided affair.

"We were 30 runs short". But obviously we lost a lot of wickets upfront and once you lose five wickets for 30-odd it's very hard to recover.

Karn Sharma's selection ahead of Harbhajan Singh in the first qualifier against Rising Pune Supergiant had raised a few eyebrows but the Mumbai Indians management stuck to their guns and played the leg-spinner ahead of the experienced Harbhajan Singh against Kolkata Knight Riders in the second qualifier.

While chasing, Krunal Pandya's unbeaten 45 was enough to see off their rivals and book a final berth where they will take on Steve Smith's Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday.

On the other hand, Mumbai look a far more settled side with all round performances from their players like Rohit Sharma, Keiron Pollard and Bumrah. It was a good toss to win and Rohit Sharma led his team brilliantly, marshalling his resources perfectly.

"Today was a flawless example as we played a great game".

"That's been the hallmark of this team, we're not dependent on one individual".

  • Julie Sanders