In the very next delivery, a ripper of a flipper trapped all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme on his pads. However, skipper Gautam Gambhir took the team home with an unbeaten 19-ball 32 that included two hits to the fence and an equal number over it. We don't have a good history with that team. "It's just unbelievable, just want to execute our plans in the finals and we want that cup with Mumbai Indians".
And the leggie repaid the faith by setting up Mumbai's 6-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Earlier, Mumbai leg-spinner Karn Sharma took four wickets to bowl out KKR for a paltry 107 in 18.5 overs. With Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma at the crease, MI had to make just 84 runs in 17 overs.
Momentum though is with the Gambhirs.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have been in terrific form this season and the reason for that is their resourceful squad.
Mumbai are coming into the match after a 20-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant, while KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-truncated eliminator last night. Knight Riders made a statement that no one is indispensible. He is not big, doesn't hit big sixes or plays funky shots but Gambhir is now the second highest run scorer (486 runs in 15 matches) and has also led KKR admirably.
Bowling is another area where KKR have looked vulnerable. "It's all about getting used to those conditions". He is well supported in the seam department by Trent Boult and Umesh Yadav, while Piyush Chawla's spin will be a weapon in Bangalore. Used cleverly by captain Gambhir, they were accuracy personified. But the run-rate dropped after Sunrisers lost both the top-order batsmen in a span of three balls (753 in 12.2 overs). In comparison, Simmons and Parthiv have struck at 143.59 and 146.20 respectively, against pace this season.
With all at stake battle, the least both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians will worry about the pitch. Not when they have bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah.
Returning to the side after an injury lay-off, Nathan Coulter-Nile (3/20) impressed with the ball.
In the ideal world, a T20 team should have six bowling and seven batting options. Narine and Chris Lynn have given KKR some good starts while opening the innings.
Though, Washington Sundar ousted him for 7 runs in 1st qualifier, Kieron Pollard will strive to bounce back.
The Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, will wish that captain Rohit plays one of his signature knocks. He was enticed into a slog-sweep by leggie Karn Sharma, and found the fielder on the ropes.
So the stage is set for a cracker of a match, unless of course the heavens open up and ruin everything.