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Mumbai Indians deserve to be in IPL final vs Rising Pune Supergiant: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma attributed their win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Qualifier 2 to solid team work.

ipl 2017 Updated: May 20, 2017 16:19 IST
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Mumbai Indians players celebrate after their win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2017 Qualifier 2 match.(AFP)

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma praised his teammates for the fantastic effort shown to reach the final of 2017 Indian Premier League final.

Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the Qualifier 2 match on Friday.

Put in to bat after Mumbai Indians won the toss, Kolkata Knight Riders could only manage 107 all out in 18.5 overs. Jasprit Bumrah (3/7) and Man-of-the-Match Karn Sharma (4/16) got the majority of the dismissals for the Mumbai Indians.

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While Rohit Sharma (26 runs from 24 balls) and Krunal Pandya (45* runs from 30 balls) successfully put on a 54-run partnership to complete the chase, the Mumbai Indians captain credited the all-around teamwork for the win.

“We have been really working hard. We don’t shy away from going into the finals the hard way. Today was the perfect day. Gives you a lot of confidence,” Rohit said after the match on Friday.

“Bowlers set the day for us. Taking wickets at regular intervals and keeping the score under control.”

Nitish Rana had started the season brightly with the bat for Mumbai Indians but lost the momentum as the season progressed.

Mumbai Indians batsman Rohit Sharma plays a shot against Kolkata Knight Riders. ( AFP )

Parthiv Patel is currently the top run-getter in the team with 391 runs. However, he is far off the 641-run mark of David Warner from Sunrisers Hyderabad who is the current top-scorer of IPL 2017. Parthiv ranks eighth in the race for the orange cap.

Rohit said all the players have contributed to the cause and he just tries to play his role as part of the team.

“That’s been the hallmark of this team, we’re not dependent on one individual. In the top five, we don’t have any batsman. Shows a team effort,” Rohit said.

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“It’s not me, something we have been talking about. I just go and execute what I’ve been told. I rely on my gut feeling as well. It’s very necessary to keep changing.”

Mumbai Indians face Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday to determine which team will be declared champions.

Rising Pune Supergiant has come out on top in all three matches between the sides this season. Most recently, Mumbai Indians lost the Qualifier 1 match to Rising Pune Supergiant by 20 runs on May 16. They also lost the home group match by three runs on April 24 and the away group match by seven wickets on April 6.

“We’ve not had a great history against (Rising Pune Supergiant). Just one more hurdle,” Rohit said about the recent record against their state opponents.

First Published: May 20, 2017 16:19 IST