Karn Sharma helps Mumbai Indians turn the screw on Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017
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Karn Sharma helps Mumbai Indians turn the screw on Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017

Karn Sharma’s 4/16 for Mumbai Indians (MI) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) helped them restrict the Gautam Gambhir-led side to 107 (all out in 18.5 overs) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) qualifier 2 match in Bengaluru on Friday.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 19, 2017 23:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
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Karn Sharma of Mumbai Indians (MI) celebrates the wicket of Sunil Narine of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during their Indian Premier League (IPL) qualifier 2 match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Friday.(PTI)

Making good use of the assistance to bowlers at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mumbai Indians (MI) leg-spinner Karn Sharma ran through the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) top-order with a four-wicket haul.

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.. (Live updates)

Karn Sharma’s four for 16 is the third best figure in the knock-out stages of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Karn struck in his very first over when he outfoxed Kolkata Knight Riders pinch-hitter Sunil Narine with a googly. Karn built the pressure by conceding just two runs of his first three balls and expecting a desperate Narine to charge out, he had him stumped off a googly. Narine was sent up the order to upset the rhythm of the Mumbai Indians bowlers but Karn packed him off for just 10 off 10 balls. (Scorecard)

The Mumbai Indians spinner followed up his two-run and a wicket over with two more wickets in his second over. KKR captain Gautam Gambhir picked him for a four on the first ball of the over but Karn came back strongly.

When Gambhir tried to hit him over the midwicket, the left-handed batsman couldn’t find the elevation and was caught at the fence. Karn followed it up with a peach of a delivery to nail Colin de Grandhomme for a first-ball duck.

He was on a hat-trick and even though he came up with a perfectly pitched leg-spinner on the first ball of his next over ball, the batsman Ishank Jaggi survived.

It was obvious that the night belonged to Karn and when Kolkata Knight Riders showed signs of fighting back through a sixth wicket-partnership between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav, captain Rohit Sharma pressed his leg-spinner into the attack.

Karn repaid the faith by luring Ishank Jaggi to go over the top to be caught at long-off, ending a 56-run partnership with Suryakumar Yadav.

First Published: May 19, 2017 21:45 IST