Mitchell McClenaghan celebrates Mumbai Indians’ win with pushups
Mitchell McClenaghan score 11 runs and picked up the wickets of Gayle and Yuvraj.
Published - May 17, 2018 5:32 pm | Updated - May 17, 2018 5:32 pm
The Mumbai Indians had strained in the first leg of the eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and found themselves in the wrong end of the table. However, they won five out of their last seven matches and are currently placed at the fourth position on the points table. Moreover, they have a Net Run Rate of +0.384, which makes them a contender for a berth in the playoffs.
The franchise has one match remaining against the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, which is also a must-win encounter for the Rohit Sharma‘s team. Yesterday, they played the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium and won the game by a slender margin of three runs. Punjab got them by the scruff of the neck and Mumbai found themselves on the brink of elimination.
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Kiron Pollard’s 22-ball fifty and a breezy cameo from Krunal Pandya helped MI rack up a substantial score of 186 on the board. During the run chase, KL Rahul and Aaron Finch’s partnership of 111 runs off 74 balls made KXIP the firm favourites to pocket the match. Jasprit Bumrah pinned Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Finch in the death overs and the wickets were enough to put the skids under the visitors.
Amidst some riveting cricket, Mitchell McClenaghan found some time to do flex his muscles. With 17 runs required off the final over, he was entrusted to defend the runs and take Mumbai home. Though the pacer went for a couple of boundaries, he was able to help the hosts to victory. The New Zealand pacer thereafter, resorted to some push-ups to get himself pumped up.
In the first innings, he also scored 11 runs off seven balls, including a boundary and a six and the knock helped Mumbai breach the 180-run mark. While bowling, he gave away 37 runs but nipped out the wickets of Chris Gayle and Yuvraj Singh, which turned out to be crucial in the context of their must-win affair. After the jaw-dropping thriller, the 31-year old cricketer posted a picture of his work-out on Instagram.