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Jasprit Bumrah, Karn Sharma blow hot and cold for MI, overwhelm KKR

Jasprit Bumrah was unplayable on the up and down wicket while Karn Sharma used his variations to put Mumbai Indians (MI) in command after skipper Rohit Sharma put Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) into bat in the Indian Premier League qualifier 2 match on Friday.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 23:47 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2nd left) and leggie Karn Sharma (right) took seven Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wickets between them to help push the Rohit Sharma-led side into the Indian Premier League final on Friday.
Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2nd left) and leggie Karn Sharma (right) took seven Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wickets between them to help push the Rohit Sharma-led side into the Indian Premier League final on Friday. (PTI)

Ever since he burst on to the scene, Jasprit Bumrah has been a star performer for Mumbai Indians (MI). Since John Wright spotted him at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament and gave him the break in 2013, Jasprit Bumrah’s career has only grown, the pacer graduating into the spearhead of India’s bowling in limited-overs cricket. Leg-spinner Karn Sharma’s international career has not been so smooth, but come the Indian Premier League (IPL) and he is in his elements.

Thetwo were at their destructive best in IPL-10’s Qualifier 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday, sharing seven wickets to wreak havoc in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ranks. KKR were bowled out for 107 in 18.5 overs. Mumbai Indians chased the target down in 14.3 overs, winning by six wickets to enter the IPL final. (Highlights)

On an up and down wicket, Bumrah was unplayable while Karn Sharma used his variations to put their team in command early after MI skipper Rohit Sharma elected to field on winning the toss. Bumrah took three wickets in three overs, including a wicket-maiden, and Karn four for 16, including two wickets off consecutive deliveries. (Scorecard)

Played ahead of senior spin partner Harbhajan Singh, the pressure has been on Karn. To his credit, the spinner has held his own. Making use of the assistance bowlers got from the pitch, he ran through the KKR top-order, claiming the third best figures in IPL knockout matches.

Karn struck in his first over, the fifth of the innings, when he outfoxed KKR pinch-hitter Sunil Narine with a googly. In his next over, he broke the back of KKR’s innings by having skipper and the season’s highest run-getter, Gautam Gambhir, caught at midwicket.

Gambhir hit a four off the first ball but Karn deceived the batsman in flight to have the batsman caught at the fence. It was followed by a peach of a delivery to nail Colin de Grandhomme.

It was Karn’s night, and when KKR showed signs of a fight back through a 56-run sixth wicket-partnership between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, Karn returned and hit the final nail in the coffin, luring Jaggi to go over the top to have him caught at long-off.

KKR’s procession was started by Bumrah. He first had Chris Lynn caught at long-on, then nailed Robin Uthappa plumb in front before returning to claim KKR’s top-scorer of the night, Suryakumar Yadav.

The main draw of the highlights package is the fours and sixes. In KKR’s innings, the broadcaster was left with just eight boundaries and three maximums. Blame it on Karn and Bumrah, who conceded just one four each.