Mumbai, Pune into IPL final

Mumbai Indians will aim to clinch a third Indian Premier League (IPL) title when they take on Rising Pune Supergiants in the final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The Mumbai Indians stormed their way to the VIVO IPL 2017 Final after they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in Qualifier 2 yesterday.

Mumbai Indians opener Lendl Simmons (3) was unlucky to be adjudged lbw off Piyush Chawla (2-34) as television replays suggested the leg-spinner's googly would have missed the leg stump.

Captain Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya stabilised the innings with a crucial 54-run partnership before Rohit was dismissed by Nathan Coulter-Nile for 26.

Spinner Karn returned 4-16 from four overs, while Bumrah claimed 3-7 from three as the Knight Riders failed to build any momentum. In a high pressure game of 20 overs, when a chasing team lose three top order wickets cheaply, it is not easy to win the game especially when the chasing team is pitted against a strong bowling attack. If there is a situation of rain and the match is called off Mumbai Indians will enter the final as they are ahead of KKR on points table.

Mumbai Indians will now meet their nemesis Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL 2017 final at Hyderabad.

Kolkata Knight Riders are in brilliant form and they showed in the last match that their bowling is very strong after they restricted the defending champion to a very low score.

Jaggi and Yadav put on 56 runs for the sixth wicket, and it seemed to have done the trick. Suryakumar Yadav, 8. Kuldeep Yadav, 9.

Asked what was his strategy to get KKR's left-handers Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir, Sharma said the team had different plans for different batsmen.

But, once Jaggi was removed by Karn for 28, the collapse continued.

"Had we had wickets, we could have targetted one or two bowlers".

"Man of the Match" was awarded to Karn Sharma who said, "My bowling is come out well, it wasn't great previous year but I have worked hard on it".

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