IPL 2017 Qualifier Match 2: Mumbai Indians Easily Defeated Kolkata Knight Riders

Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma said about the key success after defeating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by six-wicket in the Indian Premier League Qualifier match 2 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

After defeating KKR by six-wickets, captain Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony, “That’s been the hallmark of this team – we’ve not depended on one individual. It’s all about teamwork and we’ve been doing that regularly. Good to see when individuals take responsibility.”

Mumbai Indians bowlers strike attacks against KKR inside 18.5 overs by Karn Sharma 4 overs 16 runs and Jasprit Bumrah’s 3 overs 7 runs.

Rohit Sharma

Targeting 107 runs, MI Krunal Pandya’s remain unbeaten 45 runs; Rohit said “We’ve been working hard. So we don’t want to shy away from going into the finals the hard way. We deserve to be in the final.”

“We’ve played really good cricket through the tournament. We played a great game today. When you have a performance like that, it gives you confidence. Bowlers set the game up for us.”

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Praising his side bowlers, Rohit said “Their performance was very pleasing. Taking wickets at regular intervals. We always knew that wicket wasn’t going to be easy, so we wanted to restrict the score. Karn Sharma bowled really well and set the game up for us.”

Rohit Sharma

“It’s something we’ve been talking about (Bumrah with the new ball). We all know Bumrah is a wicket-taking bowler. KKR have a top-heavy batting, so we wanted to get them out early. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I rely on my gut feel. We kept changing bowlers.”

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Talking about their final match between Rising Pune Supergiants, MI captain Rohit said “It’s going to be an exciting contest. We don’t have a good history with that team. We have to focus on what we need to do as a team. Hyderabad is a different venue so we need to assess conditions quickly. It’s all about getting used to those conditions.”