Mumbai Indians continued their winning streak by beating Gujarat Lions in the 16th game of Indian Premier League played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
The home side had never beaten Gujarat before coming to this game but Nitish Rana was again stole the show with the bat to score unbeaten 53 runs to chase down a target of 177 runs set by Gujarat Lions. Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard put on 68 run partnership to help Mumbai win their fourth game on the trot and take them top of the points table in the Indian Premier League 2017. Munaf Patel came into the side for Gujarat Lions and had a decent outing with the ball after playing his last game in 2013 in the Indian Premier League. Aaron Finch was replaced by Jason Roy for the game.
Dwayne Smith went for a duck but Brendon McCullum anchored the whole innings as he produced a blistering innings of 64 runs off 44 balls. He struck six boundaries and three sixes in his innings. He added 80-odd runs with Captain Suresh Raina to help the side push the rate of scoring along at a nice rate. Dinesh Karthik’s breezy unbeaten 48 runs off 26 balls helped Gujarat put 176 runs on the board from their 20 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan and Harbhajan Singh were standout bowlers for Mumbai conceding less than 8 runs an over and taking three wickets between them.
Mumbai Indians lost early wicket of Parthiv Patel in the chase but Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana came together to put on 85 runs to stabilize the innings. Buttler perished after making 26 runs off 24 balls dismissed by medium pacer Munaf Patel while Rana continued his unbelievable form with the bat to score another half century. Rana scored 53 runs off 36 balls and smashed four sixes before Andrew Tye dismissed in 9th over to see Mumbai lose their second wicket.
Rohit Sharma came back to form in style as looked imperious with his unbeaten 40 runs off 29 balls to help Mumbai clinched their first even win over Gujarat Lions by six wickets in the league. Gujarat Lions are sitting at seventh place with just two points in four games as Suresh Raina will need to come up with better plans to qualify for the playoffs of the competition this time around.