23:03 IST MI beat KKR by 6 wickets, reach IPL 2017 final! 

23:01 IST Umesh Yadav comes back to bowl, WIDE! That one went down the leg side. Pollard takes a single off the next ball as he digs that one out. Krunal on strike, he hits the ball to short midwicket, a dot ball, he is in bit of a pain. FOUR! It’s a win for MI with that shot. MI 111/4.

22:59 IST Ankit Rajpoot to bowl his first over, Krunal takes a single off the first ball towards midwicket. Pollard on strike, FOUR! He pulled the ball,  missed the Umpire and the fielder, that is poor fielding, freebies to MI. WIDE! That is way down the leg stump, gifting runs to MI. Pollard goes for the slog, mistimes it, gets a single. Krunal plays a cheeky shot, Umesh pushes it back into play in the third man region, takes a single.

WIDE! That was on the next pitch, slower ball gone terribly wrong. An inside edge off the bat, gets a single off that one. Krunal on strike for the last ball, FOUR! He drives the ball down the ground, gets another boundary. He is having a cramp, in pain striaght away. MI 105/4.

22:54 IST Kieron Pollard comes to bat but Krunal will be on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Pollard on strike, he defends the first ball and works the next one towards square leg for a couple of runs. A dot ball to end the over. MI 91/4.

22:49 IST WICKET!  Rohit c Rajpoot b Coulter-Nile 26(24) 

22:49 IST Coulter-Nile comes back to bowl, a dot ball to Rohit as he defends on the back foot. Rohit goes down the track and hits it straight to the man in the deep. MI 88/4.

22:47 IST Krunal on strike, Narine continues, FOUR! He just helps the ball on it’s way, finds a boundary as he beats the short third man fielder. A dot ball to follow. FOUR! He goes inside out this time, makes room and plays with the spin, another boundary. Two dot balls to follow as Narine makes a comeback. Mi 88/3.

22:43 IST Chawla continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Krunal hits the ball down the ground, FOUR! That one beat the long off fielder. FOUR! Here’s another one, this time takes on the deep midwicket boundary. He is in a hurry to finish off the match and reach the finals. He takes a single off the next ball, gets Rohit on strike, defends the ball on the back foot. SIX! That’s gone many a mile, into the top tier. MI 80/3.

22:39 IST Narine comes back into the attack, Rohit hits the short ball towards sweeper cover, takes a single. Krunal defends the next ball, he guides the next one towards short third man for a single. a mild lbw appeal from Narine against Rohit but the Umpire says no. Rohit takes a single towards square leg, he is being patient tonight. Last ball of the over, a dot ball to end it. MI 64/3.

22:33 IST Chawla comes back into the attack, Rohit Sharma on strike, FOUR! He creams the ball towards deep cover, gets a boundary, MI look comfortable now, it is just a matter of time before they win the match. He takes a single off the next ball. Krunal on strike, he defends the ball, it was a googly from Piyush. FOUR! Krunal hits the loosener towards deep fine leg, gets a boundary. Nothing going KKR’s way. Krunal takes a single off the next ball. Another single to end the over. MI 61/3.

22:28 IST Coulter-Nile continues, Krunal pulls the ball, it was in the air for a while but safe, gets a single off the first ball. Rohit on strike, a dot ball as it plays it towards point. He guides the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Krunal finds the gap on the offside on the next ball, takes a couple of runs. He takes a single off the next ball. Rohit takes a single off the last ball. MI 50/3.

22:24 IST Narine on strike, Rohit tries the paddle sweep, gets a couple of runs. He needs to stick there if MI are to win. Rohit takes a single off the next ball, short midwicket puts in a dive but could not save it. Krunal defends the next ball on the front foot. Krunal tries to work the ball for a single but Narine did not give him much room. FOUR! Krunal plays a cheeky shot and guides the ball towards fine leg, gets a boundary, sensible batting from Krunal. He takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. MI 43/3.

22:20 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bat, he works the first ball towards midwicket, gets a couple of runs, good move for mI as they sent Krunal to bat. A dot ball to end the over. MI 36/3.

22:18 IST WICKET! Rayudu b Chawla 6(11)

22:18 IST Chawla continues, two singles off the first ball as Rayudu-Rohit look to nudge the ball around. A dot ball to follow as Rayudu hits the ball towards covers. He is under pressure, BOWLED! Rayudu departs. Don’t go anywhere, the game is still on, it is very much alive. MI 34/3.

22:15 IST Sunil Narine comes to bowl, he beats Rohit on the first ball as it moves away from him. He takes a single towards square leg on the next one. WHOA! Rayudu almost let the ball hit the stumps, a dot ball. Another dot to follow, Narine is putting pressure on Rayudu. He is cramping Rayudu for room, another dot ball. He takes a single off the last ball of the over. MI 32/2. 

22:12 IST Coulter-Nile comes to bowl, Rayudu defends and takes a quick single, gets Rohit on strike. Rohit turns the ball towards deep midwicket, takes a couple of runs. He opens the face of the bat on the next ball but straight to the fielder, a dot ball. He pulls the next ball towards deep midwicket, gets a single. Rayudu guides the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Rohit takes a single off the last ball, retains strike. MI 30/2.

22:08 IST Rohit Sharma comes to bat, he faces a dot ball, end of the over. MI 24/2.

22:06 IST WICKET! Parthiv Patel c Uthappa b Umesh Yadav 14(9)

22:06 IST Umesh Yadav continues, FOUR! Patel creams it past covers for a boundary, he looks in good touch today. Umesh needs to hit the perfect lines. FOUR! Here’s another one, that was a poor delivery, Gautam Gambhir is not happy with that. He takes a single off the next ball. Edged and gone! MI 24/2. 

22:02 IST Ambati Rayudu comes to bat, Piyush bowls a WIDE. Rayudu takes a single off the next ball towards long on. Parthiv goes on the back foot and flashes the blade towards covers, a dot ball. A single off the last ball. MI 14/1.

21:59 IST WICKET! Simmons lbw b Chawla 3(6)

21:59 IST Piyush Chawla comes to bowl, he bowls two dot balls to Simmons. An lbw appeal off the next ball, given out. MI 11/1. 

21:53 IST He starts off with a dot ball to Simmons. He pushes the next ball towards covers, takes a couple of runs due to a misfield. Next ball, takes the inside edge, takes a single. Parthiv on strike, a dot ball from Umesh as it beats the offside edge off the bat. FOUR! That was pitched on the leg stump, Parthiv glances it away for a boundary. FOUR! Parthiv pushes the ball towards covers, a boundary to finish off the over. MI 11/0.

21:53 IST Umesh Yadav to bowl the first ball, Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons open the batting.

21:36 IST Disappointing show from KKR batsmen as they bundle out with 7 balls to spare.

21:40 IST  Rajpoot b Malinga 4(7)

21:36 IST Malinga has been brought back into the attack, starts off with a slower one, Umesh missed it, a dot ball. Umesh works the ball towards midwicket for a single, Ankit on strike. Slower full toss from Malinga, Ankit misses it, a dot ball. Whoa! that almost brushed the offstump. This time he gets it on the mark. BOWLED! KKR 107 all out

21:34 IST Umesh Yadav on strike, he takes a single off the first ball towards cover. Ankit Rajpoot on strike, FOUR! The ball takes an inside edge and runs towards the boundary, lucky one for him. Two dot balls to follow as Ankit struggles to get bat on ball. A yorker from Bumrah, almost rattles the stumps, how did it miss the stumps? KKR 106/9.

21:30 IST WICKET! Suryakumar Yadav c Malinga b Bumrah 31(25)

21:30 IST Bumrah comes back into the attack, he will be looking to finish that one off, Suryakumar hits that one in the air, Malinga takes the catch. WICKET! KKR 101/9.

21:28 IST Suryakumar takes a single off the last ball, Johnson completes his spell. KKR 101/8.

21:27 IST Nathan Coulter-Nile comes to bat, he swing and misses, good bowling from Johnson. SIX! Coulter-Nile goes on the back foot and smashes the ball over deep midwicket, 84 meters of power on that shot. A bouncer to follow, a dot one. It’s Johnson’s last over, will he get another wicket. Yes, he does. WICKET! KKR 100/8. 

21:23 IST WICKET! Chawla c Rayudu b Johnson 2(6)

21:23 IST Johnson comes back into the attack, Yadav on strike, WIDE! Slower ball gone wrong, a single taken as well. Piyush on strike, eh tries to clear mid off but fails! KKR 94/7. 

21:20 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bowl, Piyush Chawla comes to bat. He takes a single off the first ball. Suryakumar guides the short ball towards midwicket as he shuffles across the crease. An inswinger from Hardik, Suryakumar manages to take a single. Chawla tries to play the uppercut, misses, a dot ball. Another dot to follow. KKR 92/6. 

21:12 IST WICKET! Jaggi c Johnson b Karn Sharma 28(31)

21:12 IST Karn Sharma back into the attack, Suryakumar takes a single off the first ball. Jaggi on strike, he goes on the backfoot and pulls the short ball towards square leg, Krunal puts in a dive and saves the boundary, takes a single. Suryakumar takes a single as well. Next ball, WIDE! That was outside the grasp of the batsman. A dot ball to follow, Jaggi sent back. He goes down the ground and hits the ball straight to long on, wicket! KKR 87/6.

21:09 IST Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack, Jaggi on strike, FOUR! Once again, a boundary off the first ball, good recovery from the two youngsters. He steps down the wicket and drives the ball towards covers, a single taken as it gets fielded inside the circle. Suryakumar takes a single off the next ball towards midwicket. A slower full toss from Malinga, Jaggi takes a single. Suryakumar guides the next ball for a single. A yorker from Malinga, FOUR! Jaggi just turns it away for a boundary towards deep midwicket, KKR are getting back on track. KKR 83/5.

21:04 IST Krunal continues, Suryakumar on strike, FOUR! Once again he plays the sweep shot off the first ball of the over, gets a boundary first ball. FOUR! Suryakumar hits that one over covers, that was wonderfully played inside out, he is getting KKR back on track. He gets a single off the next ball. Jaggi works the ball for a single towards square leg. A dot ball to follow. The next ball hits his pads, a dot ball. KKR 71/5. 

21:00 IST Mitchell Johnson comes to bowl, bowls a slower delivery to Jaggi, FOUR! He goes inside out and finds the boundary, good start to the over, this might turn the momentum in KKR’s side. Next ball, he hits that one towards deep midwicket gets three runs towards that one. Johnson has changed the field now, short ball to Suryakumar, he misses it altogether, a dot ball. A bouncer from Johnson, Suryakumar had to duck that one. Direct hit needed off the next ball, poor throw, a single taken. A dot ball to finish off the over. KKR 61/5. 

20:55 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bowl, Suryakumar on strike, SIX! He sweeps the ball towards deep fine leg for a maximum, just clears the boundary, KKR need more of those. A dot ball to follow. Suryakumar takes a single off the next one. Jaggi gives him back the strike. Suryakumar pushes the ball towards long on, gets a single, sensible batting from him. Jaggi goes for the slog, edged but safe, gets a single. KKR 53/5. 

20:51 IST Malinga comes back into the attack, dot ball after dot balls from the slinga. He takes a single towards mid off, Jaggi is struggling to score. Suryakumar takes a single towards square leg, good bowling from Malinga. Jaggi works the ball towards long on, takes a couple of runs. KKR 43/5. 

20:47 IST Karn Sharma to bowl the hat-trick ball, he is on a hat-trick. WHOA! Jaggi survives as the ball goes past the offside edge. Two dot balls to follow, Jaggi is struggling to find the gap. He gets a single on the fourth ball of the over. Suryakumar takes a single towards long on. Last ball of the over, a single to end the over. KKR 39/5. 

20:41 IST Krunal Pandya comes to bowl, Jaggi on strike, he takes a single after playing a dot ball. Suryakumar Yadav comes to bat, he takes a couple of runs towards midwicket, good running between the wickets. He takes a single towards covers on the next ball. Jaggi too works the ball towards midwicket and a single. Good batting from the youngsters, they are trying to rebuild the innings. A dot ball to finish off the over. KKR 36/5. 

20:37 IST WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme lbw b Karn Sharma 0(1)

20:36 IST WICKET!  Gambhir c Hardik Pandya b Karn Sharma 12(15) 

20:35 IST Gambhir on strike, Karn Sharma continues, FOUR! That will take some pressure off him, gets a boundary off the first ball. He takes a single off the next. Jaggi works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. A mild lbw shout from Karn as the ball hits Gambhir’s pads but the Umpire says no. In the air and gone. Gambhir departs, big blow to Kolkata. KKR 31/4.

20:31 IST Ishank Jaggi comes to bat, he defends the first ball he faces. Another dot ball as Hardik puts in a dive to save it. Next ball, beats the offside edge, this is turning out to be a perfect over for Bumrah. Jaggi steps down but could not get it through. KKR 25/3.

20:28 IST WICKET! Uthappa lbw b Bumrah 1(3)

20:28 IST Uthappa on strike, Bumrah comes back into the attack, he defends the first ball. A huge lbw appeal and the Umpire lifts his finger, another wicket! KKR 25/3. 

20:26 IST Robin Uthappa comes to bat, he gets off the mark first ball, takes a single. Gambhir swings and misses, a dot ball to finish off the over. KKR 25/2. 

20:23 IST WICKET! Narine st Parthiv Patel b Karn Sharma 10(10)

20:23 IST Karn Sharma into the attack, Narine goes for the slog but the ball hits his pads, a dot ball of the first ball of the over. Narine hits but could not connect, a single taken, leg byes. Gambhir on strike, he nudges the ball for a single towards midwicket. Narine goes down the wicket, STUMPED! KKR 24/2. 

20:20 IST Malinga comes into bowl, he bowls one on pads, Narine takes a single off the first ball. Gambhir pushes the next ball towards mid on, takes a single. SIX! Narine hits the ball towards square leg, he dug that one out. First maximum of the inning. A single taken towards long off, sensible batting from Narine. Gambhir beaten by the swing of the ball again, a dot ball. Another dot ball to end the over. KKR 22/1. 

20:16 IST Johnson continues, Narine could not get bat on that, misses the ball, a dot one from Johnson to start the over. Short ball from Narine, in the air but safe, just a single off that ball, Gambhir on strike. FOUR! Gambhir drives and this time gets the ball in the middle of the bat, pierces the offside field and runs towards the boundary. Gambhir dabs the ball towards square leg, takes a single. Narine on strike, Johnson comes round the wicket, a single taken off the short ball. A bouncer from Johnson, WIDE! the Australian bowler is not happy with that. Last ball of the over, mistimes the ball towards point, a dot ball. KKR 13/1. 

20:10 IST Gautam Gambhir comes to bat after the first wicket, he defends the first ball as Bumrah bowls wicket to wicket. Swing from Bumrah, that went swung away from Gambhir, a dot ball. A huge appeal on the next ball but the Umpire says no, Gambhir beaten again, KKR 5/1. 

20:07 IST WICKET! Chris Lynn c Pollard b Bumrah 4(8)

20:07 IST Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other ned, Lynn goes down the ground, takes a single towards long on. Narine on strike for the first time in the qualifier. He opens the face of the bat on the full toss, gets a single. WICKET! KKR 5/1. 

20:04 IST Johnson opens the bowling with a dot delivery as Lynn drives but straight to the cover fielder. Another dot ball from Johnson as he did not give Lynn much room to work with. Next ball, field change from Rohit. Slower ball from Johnson, another dot ball, Lynn has not been able to get a boundary yet. Swing and a miss, Lynn flashes his blade but could not connect, fourth dot ball in a row. Lynn pulls the next ball but could not time it, that was in the air and safe, a couple of runs taken. A single to end the over. KKR 3/0. 

20:00 IST Mitchell McClenaghan will open the bowling for MI!

19:59 IST Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine come to open the KKR innings!

19:56 IST Gambhir has made two changes in the side as Colin de Grandhomme and Ankit Rajpoot come in. Whereas, Mitchell Johnson comes in place of Mitchell McClenaghan

KKR XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Ishank Jaggi, Suryakumar Yadav, Colin de Grandhomme, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot

MI XI: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga

19:30 IST Rohit Sharma wins toss, elects to bowl first!

19:30 IST TOSS TIME!

19: 26 IST: In a washout situation, Mumbai Indians, thanks to their higher position in the points table, will progress into the finals and will face Rising Pune Supergiant in Hyderabad on May 21.

19: 24 IST: Head-t0-Head: Mumbai Indians have won 15 games out of 20 against Kolkata Knight Riders.

19: 20 IST: “A serious heavyweight bout on the cards. Two Champions who will go hell for leather. Bring it on,” says Ravi Shastri.

Welcome to inUth’s ldigital coverage of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017’s qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. KKR fans must be praying to ‘Rain Gods’ to stay away from the qualifier and not ruin the game the way it did in the eliminator between KKR and defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

MI have a second chance of making it into the IPL 2017 final and avenge their defeat in the first qualifiers and through the league stages. But they have a daunting task ahead of them as they face in-form KKR side. MI’s strong point is their batting lineup and the way KKR’s bowling lineup have performed in the previous few matches, they will be a tough unit to get ahead of, especially at M Chinnaswamy’s surface.

Pitch Report:
The Bengaluru pitch has not behaved the way it used to in the previous 9 seasons of the tournament. The run rate has dropped significantly in this season as it used to be a run fest and now a double-paced wicket on which bowlers wreak havoc. Gautam Gambhir will surely continue this ritual to bowl first if he wins the toss. MI skipper Rohit Sharma is expected to do the same due to the rain threat.

Rain threat and following circumstances: 
It has been the talk of the town and surprisingly not the players. In the previous match the teams had to play past midnight and it a possibility tonight as well. However, it has rained yet but the conditions are overcast.

Battle of bowlers:
It will be a bowlers’ paradise as they will be looking to get an advantage of the swing they might get due to humid conditions. Fast bowlers are expected to get help from it early on in the innings. Whereas, if it rains the wet outfield will make it hard for the bowlers to grip the ball and bowl the right line and lengths.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa(wk), Chris Lynn, Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir(c), Ishank Jaggi, Sunil Narine, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Darren Bravo, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot, Rishi Dhawan, Rovman Powell, Sayan Ghosh, Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav

Mumbai Indians: Lendl Simmons, Parthiv Patel(wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Karn Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Saurabh Tiwary, Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, Asela Gunaratne, Krishnappa Gowtham, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shreyas Gopal