Twitter Reactions: Karn Sharma runs havoc at Chinnaswamy

Karn Sharma's career best 4/16 ensured that KKR never were off the blocks in the 2nd Qualifier held in Bengaluru.

Kolkata: Karn Sharma of Mumbai Indians celebrates fall of a wicket during an IPL 2017 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians(Photo: IANS)
Kolkata: Karn Sharma of Mumbai Indians celebrates fall of a wicket during an IPL 2017 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians(Photo: IANS)

After being benched for 7 straight games earlier, Karn Sharma finally got a chance to get an opportunity to play this year against RPS on April 24. Sharma has since gone on to play 8 games and has done reasonably well with his leg-spinners. Mumbai Indians took a big decision to play him ahead of the experienced Harbhajan Singh in the 1st Qualifier against RPS. He did well to return with 1/30 in that game.

Karn was again picked to play against KKR for the 2nd qualifier and the experienced Harbhajan Singh was benched again. KKR was off to a decent start with Narine looking in the mood. Rohit Sharma quickly turned to Karn to get him a wicket. Coming on to bowl in the 5th over against two left-handers, Karn immediately struck by foxing Narine with a googly as Patel took the stumps off as Narine was left stranded well outside the crease. Karn’s first over went for just 3 runs and most importantly he got the wicket of Narine.

Karn bowled his second over after the end of the fielding restrictions. Gambhir, in a quest of making a statement, stepped out and whacked the first ball of the over for a boundary over covers. The leg-spinner, on the fifth delivery of the over, gave the ball some air and lured Gambhir to play a slog sweep that went straight into the hands of Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket. Gambhir is a big match player and seeing his back early is a big boost for any side.

In walked Colin Grandhomme, who is a terrific striker of the ball. He had the job of reconstructing the innings. Karn bowled the googly first up as Grandhomme failed to pick it and rocked back to play the cut, only to be hit on his back leg. The umpire had no hesitation in raising the finger and Karn captured his third wicket of the night.

He was on a hattrick and bowled a great hattrick delivery only to miss the edge of Ishank Jaggi. His first spell figures read 3-0-11-3. The 29-year old, who has played a Test and a T20 along with 2 ODIs for India, is having a great night and has ensured that Mumbai won’t be chasing too much when they come out to bat in the second innings.

Sharma came on to finish his spell in the 15th over and broke a rearguard partnership between Ishank Jaggi and Suryakumar Yadav as the former was holed out at long on and KKR were reduced to 87/6. The leg-spinner finished with 4/16, his career-best T20 figures.

Here are the best Tweets of Karn’s mesmerising spell at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium:


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