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IPL 10, Match 35, Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians: Match Review

The game was tied and Bumrah won it for Mumbai in the Super Over.

Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians celebrate fall of a wicket. (Photo: IANS)

Mumbai Indians needed a win today after their loss at the hands of their territorial rival Rising Pune Supergiant at home. However, Gujarat were fighting to be alive in the competition today and they needed a special performance. Mumbai had won five games in a row before the loss at Wankhede and Gujarat had also beaten Punjab comprehensively in the previous games.

That meant both the teams were high on confidence and promised a thriller and both the teams did not disappoint as it turned out to be one of the best matches of the season so far. The game started on a good note for Gujarat as they won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the bowling from Mumbai was top notch today. As they were not giving any batter a freebie and all the runs had to be earned.

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Brendon McCullum had a rare failure today as he couldn’t really get going and the ever so consistent Suresh Raina failed to make a mark as well. Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik also followed their captain as the former was sent back for a duck and the latter scored just two runs.

Ishan Kishan was the only top order batsman who scored some good runs. He scored 48 runs of 35 deliveries hitting 6 boundaries and 2 maximums in the process. However, he was running out of partners and eventually succumbed Gujarat lost half of their side with just 83 on board. Ravindra Jadeja soon followed after a handy 28 runs knock and this meant that the home team needed someone to stick around to get to a competitive total.

It was James Faulkner and Andrew Tye who dug in and made sure that Lions reached a total of 153 in their 20 overs. Mumbai bowlers did an excellent job, Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he grabbed 3 wickets and Malinga also earned two wickets for him as did Jasprit Bumrah.

The target of 154 was not a big one and Gujarat were probably 15 runs short and Mumbai seemed confident of chasing it down. So it started that way, Parthiv Patel was in top form today as he was smashing the ball to all parts of the ground. He scored 70 of just 44 deliveries as he had scored a bulk of the Mumbai’s runs.

Gujarat Lions, however, were refusing to give up. They were buoyed by the way they were fielding and despite some poor bowling at the start, they made it up with their outstanding fielding. Lions affected 4 direct hit run outs and one of them tied the game for the home team.

No other batter found their feet as Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana and even Jos Buttler failed to make a mark. Ankit Soni, the newcomer came to Gujarat’s rescue as they were bludgeoned by the little Patel at the start.

Soni bowled four overs and gave away just 16 runs but the pick of the bowlers was Basil Thampi and his second last over where he picked up 2 wickets. He was a bit expensive runs but ended with three wickets to his name. The fightback for the Lions was scripted by some brilliant piece of fielding and one of those moments was brought on by Irfan Pathan.

On the last ball of the penultimate over, the Baroda man fielded a ball on the boundary brilliantly and hit the stumps on the full to send back Mitchell McClenaghan bringing the match to 11 of the last over. After his heroics, Raina handed the ball to Pathan and trusted him. The first ball of the over was sent back over his head for a six.

He then bowled 5 fantastic deliveries to pull back things and the match ended in a tie as Jadeja produced a moment of magic in the field. The over was full of drama as it was the second run out of the over and it was the same man. The match then went into super over and the drama continued.

In came Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard, the first ball went for a single, the second one for a boundary and the third out of the park. The next two deliveries were wickets as James Faulkner got things back for Gujarat. 12 needed of the super over for Gujarat and in stepped Finch and McCullum, two of the most destructive batters in world cricket.

In their way was 24-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who was given the ball ahead of Lasith Malinga. Bumrah started off with a no-ball and followed it up with a fine delivery. Then bowled a wide ball and then came five of the most insane deliveries that won the game for Mumbai Indians. Gujarat did not lose any wickets in the super over but they could not get bat on the ball, such was the class of that over from Bumrah.

Brief Scores –

Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians – Mumbai won in super over

Gujarat Lions: 153/9 20 Overs (Kishan 48, Jadeja 28, Pandya 3/14)

Mumbai Indians: 153/10 20 Overs (Patel 70, Thampi 3/29, Faulkner 2/34)

Here is the full scorecard

Here is the Points table

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