Gujarat Lions fought valiantly taking the contest against Mumbai Indians to the Super Over in defence of 153, but two-time IPL champions, MI, held their nerves well to register a hard-fought win in Match 35 of the Indian Premier League season 10 at Rajkot on Saturday and consolidated their second position in the points tally.
Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the Super Over, containing big-hitters Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum, giving away just six runs after MI had scored 11/2.
Earlier in the night, chasing a target of 154, MI seemed to be on course for an easy win with Parthiv Patel scoring 70 off 44 balls, but Gujarat’s fightback led by James Faulkner (4-0-34-2) meant MI had to sweat it out in the middle longer for two points.
A 93-run stand between Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya, for the sixth wicket, helped Mumbai register their third win in the Indian Twenty20 competition, beating Bangalore by fours wickets with seven balls to spare at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. A Bangalore unit charged by the return of their Captain, Virat Kohli, managed just 142 in their innings. Mumbai’s top order though stumbled early, with Jos Buttler falling in the second over and then a Samuel Badree hat-trick, the first of the season, reducing the visitors to 4 for 7 by the third over. When Pandya and Pollard came together in the eighth over, following the departure of Nitesh Rana, Mumbai was still 112 runs adrift from Bangalore’s total. A mounting required rate of 9.16 runs per over, left them with little option but to attack. The Pollard-Pandya stand yielded 93 runs in the 9.3 overs they spent together. Krunal and his brother Hardik Pandya comfortably ended the chase in the 19th over.
MI: L W W W W W W L W
RCB :L W L L L W L A L L
The Mumbai Indians have lots of positives to think about before the game on Monday. The whole team performing and winning matches and last day the way hey won it in a thrilling super over proved that they can hold their nerves in situations.
In a point of time where Mumbai has already sealed their place for playoffs, they are looking forward to the top 2 spots.
Parthiv Patel (wk), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.
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