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IPL 2017, Qualifier 2, KKR vs MI: 5 players to watch out for

An electrifying encounter is in store for today's Qualifier 2 between Mumbai and Kolkata.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was again the man for the occasion as he led KKR past SRH in the Eliminator

The Indian Premier League is half-way through the playoffs with three teams still in contention to win the prestigious trophy. After two riveting encounters in Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator, it’s time for unveiling the second finalist after the Rising Pune Supergiant confirmed their berth with a win in Qualifier 1.

The contest between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore will keep alive the hopes of one team and eliminate the other team from the tournament. While KKKR are oozing with confidence after their triumph over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians will be looking to shed the disappointment of their defeat against Pune.

Players from both sides will need to stand up with vital performances for their teams to move into the Final. We present you the list of players who can turn a game on the head with telling shows with both bat and ball.

#5 Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir has been a prolific run scorer for the Kolkata Knight Riders and also has been an epitome of consistency and hard work. He has an aggressive outlook, but has a calm and composed head on his shoulders and makes wise decisions on the field.

The veteran left-hander has won two titles for the Knights and will be eyeing a third – which will make him the first captain in IPL history to win three titles for his side. But to do that the Knight Riders will have to emulate Hyderabad’s feat from last season – finishing fourth in the league table and win three games in a row to win the title.

KKR got rid of one game by defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad, but not before stumbling during the early part of their chase. Gautam Gambhir’s 32 runs shepherded them a victory and he will be required to show the same form if Kolkata are to topple the Mumbai Indians.

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