Raina and McCullum shine to lead Gujarat Lions to victory over Mumbai Indians

The 54th game in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League saw Gujarat Lions take on Mumbai Indians at Green Park in Kanpur.

Gujarat Lions pulled off a comfortable  win against Mumbai Indians to seal their place in the playoffs in crucial game in the Indian Premier League. Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina put on a 96 run partnership to guide Gujarat Lions to a six wicket win over defending Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians still have a chance to sneak through if Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their last games respectively. Suresh Raina won the toss and decided to bowl first on a good track prepared at Kanpur. Mumbai batted first as Martin Guptill departed early on 7 while Rohit Sharma bedazzled everyone with his stroke play but his stay was short-lived as he was dismissed on 30 runs.Nitish Rana turned out to be the mainstay of the innings as he scored 70 runs off 36 balls and hit seven boundaries and four sixes.Nitish Rana knock provided Mumbai Indians with some stability in the middle overs. Dwayne Smith once again chipped in with crucial wickets to stem the flow of runs as Mumbai Indians struggled to get going in the last ten overs.

In the chase, Aaron Finch was dismissed for a duck by pace bowler Vijay Kumar to give Mumbai Indians a sniff in the early overs. Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina came on and build a crucial partnership as Gujarat Lions steered along nicely towards the target. Suresh Raina scored yet another vital half century while McCullum scored 48 runs to lay an ideal platform for lower middle order to tee off in the last five overs.Dwayne Smith and Ravendra Jadeja added 51 run partnership to steer their side to win the game by 6 wickets in 17th over and seal their place in the playoffs of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.

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