Harbhajan Singh lauds Karn Sharma after match winning performance against KKR
Karn bagged a match winning spell of 4/16 in his allotted 4 overs to help MI thrash KKR by 6 wickets.
Updated - May 20, 2017 7:57 pm
Mumbai Indians leg-spinner Karn Sharma guided Mumbai Indians to their 4th IPL final after an exceptional bowling performance against the Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday in the Qualifier 2. He finished with 4/16 and will be a pivotal option for Rohit Sharma in the final against Pune tomorrow. It was Karn who kept Harbhajan Singh out of the XI and after his performances, there is no chance of Bhajji’s comeback in the final.
The veteran spinner took it in good spirits and lauded his teammate for a sensational spell at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. His figures of 4/16 were the prime reason behind KKR folding out for a mere 107 runs. Following their victory, the Mumbai Indians posted a photo on their official Instagram handle with both Bhajji and Karn sharing a smile with a caption, “How good was Karn Sharma yesterday??? #CricketMeriJaan #MIPaltan #Paltan #MumbaiIndians #Mumbai #BELI3VE.”
Karn rattles KKR middle order
Harbhajan’s omission in favour of Karn raised quite a few eyebrows ahead of the match but the leggie shut the critics with a match-winning spell which derailed KKR’s progress. He began with the big wicket of Sunil Narine in the 5th over as he induced him into an expansive shot with a well tossed up googly. The southpaw stepped down the track and missed it completely only to be stumped by Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.
His bagged two consecutive wickets in his next over when he dismissed the rival captain Gautam Gambhir and Colin de Grandhomme in successive deliveries. Gambhir went for a slog sweep but didn’t manage to clear the field and was holed out in the mid-wicket region. Grandhomme, on the other hand, was struck plumb in front in his very first delivery and there was no hesitation in the umpire’s mind to rule it in favour of the bowling team.
A valiant effort by Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav enabled KKR to get past the 100 mark but it went in vain as an exceptional innings from the blade of Krunal Pandya helped Mumbai chase the total down with more than 5 overs to spare.
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