Both the teams have won IPL title two times and were looking for a chance to add one more title to that tally on Sunday. The pitch at Bengaluru was supposed to be the key after the rain affected match between KKR and SRH; and if it was slow during the KKR and SRH eliminator, it looked even slower in this match.
MI won a crucial toss and decided to bowl first, which proved to be extremely beneficial for them. They had kept their trust in Karn Sharma, while KKR dropped Yusuf Pathan for this important encounter.
However, the pitch was the biggest factor, as MI bowlers took full advantage of it and didn’t let KKR batsmen gain any leverage over them. Lynn went back with 5 runs on board and then Karn Sharma wreaked havoc with 4 wickets in 4 overs for 16 runs, including Narine, Gambhir, Jaggi and De Grandhomme. KKR were struggling 31/5 and somehow Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav took them to 87, but KKR folded up for 107 runs. Bumrah took 3/7 in his 4 overs.
MI lost Lendl Simmons early to Chawla. MI just needed one or two partnerships and they got one in Rohit Sharma-Krunal Pandya one, as both added 54 runs for 4th wicket. However, Rohit was dismissed for 26, but Krunal Pandya played a calm and calculated innings of 45*, to take MI to the finals of the IPL 10.
MI will now meet RPS for the fourth time this IPL 10 in the finals at Hyderabad on 21st May, 2017
MI 111 for 4 (K Pandya 45*; P Chawla 2/34) won by 6 wickets against KKR 107(S Yadav 31; K Sharma 4/16)