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by Sandeep Shivam Saturday 29 April 2017
Mumbai Indians 153 (Patel 70) beatGujarat Lions 153-9 (Krunal 3-14) in Super Over35th match, Indian Premier League, RajkotScorecard
Jasprit Bumrah bowled a brilliant Super Over where he defended 11 runs comfortably as Mumbai Indians sealed a thrilling win over Gujarat Lions in Rajkot to boost their chances of finishing top two in Indian Premier League season 10.
The game went into Super Over after Mumbai managed the exact total of 153 runs in their chase leading to a tie.
James Faulkner bowled the Super Over for Gujarat Lions in which Kieron Pollard smashed a six and a four in it. However, the Australian all-rounder bounced back to dismiss Pollard and Jos Buttler to restrict Mumbai to 11 runs.
Chasing 12 runs to win, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch walked into bat for the hosts. Despite, starting the Super Over with a front-foot no ball and bowling a wide in the second delivery, Bumrah deceived both McCullum and Finch with a combination of yorkers and slow in-dippers as Gujarat managed just six runs from it.
The win has taken Mumbai to 14 points from nine matches while Guajrat Lions now need to win all their remaining five games to have any chance of qualification.
Earlier, Gujarat won the toss and decided to bat first. Lasith Malinga (2-33) castled both McCullum (6) and Finch (0) in the powerplay while Bumrah (2-32) snared Suresh Raina (1). Krunal (3-14) joined the act of destruction as Dinesh Karthik (2) stumped as they restricted the home side to 70 for four at halfway mark.
Ishan Kishan (48) and Ravindra Jadeja (28) played handy knocks but the Mumbai spinners, Krunal and Harbhajan Singh (1-23) bowled brilliantly to keep Gujarat down to 101 for seven in the 15th over.
A 12-ball cameo from Andrew Tye (25) along with some sloppy death bowling allowed Gujarat to post 153 for nine in their 20 overs.
Parthiv Patel (70) and Jos Buttler (9) scored seven boundaries and a six combined in the first three overs to take the score to 40 for naught. Buttler was run out in the fourth over when he was pushed by Patel for a non existing single. Mumbai ended the powerplay strong at 61 for one.
Patel reached his fifty off 32 deliveries but Mumbai lost Nitish Rana (19) at the other end when he was trapped LBW by Ankit Soni (1-16). In the 11th over of the innings, Gujarat lost Tye (0-9) to an injury when he dived in the deep to save a boundary.
Faulkner (2-34) bowled a brilliant 14th over when he accounted for both Rohit Sharma (5) and Patel. With Kieron Pollard (15) and Hardik Pandya (4) falling to Basil Thampi (3-29), Krunal (29 not out) played a decisive knock to help Mumbai reach 153 in the final delivery before they were dismissed.
Krunal was awarded the player of the match for his brilliant all-round display.
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