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

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

The youngster has bowled exceedingly well at the death and has been the go to bowler for Rohit Sharma.

Kolkata Knight Riders dropped Yusuf Pathan and Mumbai Indians chose to continue without Harbhajan Singh. "Our batsmen batted well, the bowlers, who were picked in the auction, did well as well".

The strength of Mumbai Indians lies in its solid batting line up. But, they need to win this match first.

Earlier, Rohit placed his fielders intelligently in the batting powerplay to earn Mumbai vital wickets off hard-hitting Chris Lynn (4) and Sunil Narine (10). It has surprised me that Nitish Rana was dropped for the RPS game, but Parthiv Patel, Lendl Simmons and Sharma make a solid top order. All three have chipped in with essential scores and will be required to mirror their performance once again tonight.

Bumrah has grown immensely in the last few years. Their bowlers Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan have proved reliable as ever.

The pitch at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru was a hard one as the ball did not come on to the bat.

Mumbai is a very fine balance of experience and talent; together the unit will settle at nothing except the coveted IPL 2017 trophy.

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. Both failed and so did captain Gautam Gambhir (12).

Rain during the interval nearly saw the game washed out but when it ceased, KKR were given a fairly straightforward target of 48 off six overs.

Chris Lynn, a destructive opener, has so far succeeded to give a stormy start in the league matches.

Kolkata also lost Robin Uthappa in the next over before Gambhir, one of the most consistent performers this IPL season, took charge of the team's run chase. "You can't just go on looking for 200 every game".

Gambhir is much ahead of Sharma with 486 runs in 15 matches. Lost too many wickets early on.

In what was a dramatic, rain-affected Eliminator, Kolkata Knight Riders almost shot themselves in the foot before Gautam Gambhir prevented the panic attack from spreading through and took his team to victory. All the team needs to practice at the hour is - restrained aggression. "We were good, as we were last time", he added. The two paced track at M Chinnaswamy Stadium will help the spinners and pacers with cross seam delivery.

Warner, in red-hot form, found the fence just twice in the first six overs with Dhawan pulling Umesh for another boundary before falling to his India teammate couple of overs later. His economy rate of 10.46 was the worst among the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers in the season.