Gujarat Lions were playing they are first away matched in IPL whereas Mumbai Indians were back on their home ground after a win in Eden Gardens against KKR. Lions won the toss and chose to bowl, keeping the dew factor in mind. To leave all factors behind, this is the first match of IPL 2016 that has finished on the last ball.
Mumbai Indians coming in to bat first managed to score 143 at the loss of 8 wickets. After a slow and disappointing start, it was the lower order of Mumbai Indians that helped the team to reach a respectable total.
What looked like an easy chase for the Gujarat Lions line-up wasn’t that easy as expected. McCullum departed early and captain Raina also couldn’t hold on much as he fell for a bouncer yet again. But one person who looked solid throughout was Aaron Finch, he stayed calm on the one side as wickets fell on the other. He also scored his third consecutive fifty of the tournament. He ensured that the team crossed the line.
Bowlers of Mumbai Indians bowled really well to create a panic in the Lions dug-out, but extras coming at the wrong time made a low but difficult total easier to reach for the Lions. Bumrah and McClenaghan bowled well and picked up important wickets and controlled the scoring rate as well. However, in the end, they were at least 10-15 runs short.
Take a look at other important numbers from this match –
Brothers in one team – As Krunal Pandya took the ground for MI in this match, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya became the first brother’s pair to play for the same franchise in IPL. We have had Pathan brothers and Hussey brothers feature in IPL but this is the first time that two brothers are playing for the same team.
31/2 – This was Mumbai Indians score on the power play. 2nd lowest in IPL 2016. Lowest is by Kings XI Punjab, they scored 28/1 in the first 6 overs against Delhi Daredevils.
Dinesh Karthik overtakes Dhoni – As Karthik stumped Jos Butler, he overtook Dhoni in the list of wicket-keepers to effect most stumpings in IPL. He has 25 stumpings to his name when compared to 24 of Dhoni.
The battle of Purple Cap – Dwayne Bravo picked up 1 wicket in this match and gets back the Purple Cap from Amit Mishra to become the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2016. However, McClenaghan picked up 4 wickets in the 2nd innings and is tied on 6 wickets with Bravo and Mishra.
Lower Order to the rescue – After a slow start, Mumbai Indians got back in the match by scoring 55 runs in the last 4 overs.
In Full-Form – Finch has been in good form this IPL 2016 as he scored his 3rd consecutive in the tournament. First against Kings XI, then Rising Pune Supergiants and in the latest match against Mumbai Indians.