MI, KKR lock horns in Qualifier 2

Sunrisers coach Tom Moody

Mumbai Indians will take on Rising Pune Supergiant in Sunday's Indian Premier League final, as they coasted to a six-wicket win over a below-par Kolkata Knight Riders in Twenty20 cricket action on Friday.

Ahead of today's clash, Kolkata have a bad, 5-15 head-to-head, record against Mumbai, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year.

Mumbai Indians exploited the conditions and rattled Kolkata batsmen from the very first over, having them on the mat at 31 for five in seven overs, after Rohit Sharma opted to field.

Both Mumbai and Kolkata have won the IPL trophy twice in the last nine editions. KKR has subtle benefit as they are already familiar with the pitch where MI seems to be in a do-or-die situation that lost the match against RPS in Qualifier-1.

Kieron Pollard: Pollard has been the selected in the team as an all rounder but his bowling skills have not been used by skipper Rohit Sharma, while his lacks consistency.

The Knight Riders and the Mumbai Indians will now meet in the playoff May 19 at the same venue with the victor going through the final against the Rising Pune Supergiant May 21 in Hyderabad.

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.

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In bowling, Mumbai may continue to open their attack with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and Kiwi 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. In the end, KKR fans, as well as the neutrals, were left disappointed as the game ended up being a highly one-sided affair.

Sunil Narine's pyrotechnics as a pinch-hitter have helped KKR's cause. Woakes made noteworthy contributions with the bat coming lower down the order.

On the other hand, KKR is equipped with Chris Lin and Robin Uthappa. He is not big, doesn't hit big sixes or plays funky shots but Gambhir is now the second highest run scorer (486 runs in 15 matches) and has also led KKR admirably. Umesh Yadav, 10. Ankit Rajpoot, 11.

Skipper Rohit (26, 24b, 1x4, 1x6) and Krunal (45 n.o., 30b, 8x4) turned off the alarm bells by putting on 54 runs for the fourth wicket.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Gautam Gambhir (Capt), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (Wicket Keeper), Piyush Chawla, Ishan Jaggi, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav and Surya Kumar Yadav, Coulter-Nile, Boult.

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