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IPL 10: KKR, Mumbai Indians to lock horns for final spot

20 May 2017

Playing the second qualifier of 2017 edition of IPL against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Rohit touched 3,000-run mark in the tournament's history for MI.

The victor of the match will face the loser of Qualifier 1 Mumbai Indians on May 19 in Qualifier 2, which will decide the second participant of the final on May 21.

While Gautam Gambhir-led KKR are back to their winning ways, Mumbai look favourites in today's encounter having won both their matches against Kolkata in the league stage.

Come Friday, MI and KKR will face each other once again with the IPL final spot at stake after suffering contrasting fates in qualifier 1 and eliminator respectively.

Mumbai Indians coasted past Kolkata Knight Riders to reach Sunday's Indian Premier League final thanks to a four-wicket haul from Karn Sharma.

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Rising Pune beat Mumbai by 20 runs in the first qualifier and twice during the regular season. Then in the middle order, the team has a good combination of experienced pinch hitters like Rohit Sharma, Rayudu, Kierron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya and Harbhajan Singh.

The defeat spurred the Knights to win the next three games in succession against Daredevils, Rising Pune Supergiants & Royal Challengers Bangalore which catapulted them to the top of the table.

As far as the bowling is concerned, Mumbai may continue to open their attack with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan.

KKR Coach Jacques Kallis and Captain Gautam Gambhir must be relieved after they eliminated Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last fixture that turned out to be a rain-marred affair.

KKR, who lost four out of seven matches in the latter half of the season, will have to play out of their skins to make it to the second qualifier. Lynn had scored a quick-fire fifty off just 21 balls against Gujarat Lions on his return at Chinnaswamy stadium after recovering from an injury. Narine's quickfire runs helped KKR get off to fliers and set the platform for big totals.

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With the ball not coming on to the bat, Hyderabad batsmen could never get going.

The exaggerated inward angle also did for Robin Uthappa, who has a pronounced tendency to plant his front leg across and play around his front pad. Robin Uthappa has scored 387 runs in 13 matches.

Putting up a paltry 107 on the board, it was always an uphill task for the men in purple and in the end Krunal Pandya's 45 off 30 balls took Mumbai home comfortably.

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