Mumbai Indians have against proven that they are the team to beat in the IPL 2017. Mumbai defeated Gujarat Lions by six wickets to reach the top of the points table in 2017 Indian Premier League. They have won four matches in the row after losing the first game against Pune. They have continued their brilliant form in this match also as the whole team performed brilliantly in the match.
On the other hand, it was a poor bowling display by Gujarat side. They have lost the match despite making a good total on the pitch that was difficult to score. They have lost third game in the four matches that they have played. They need to start winning soon or their IPL journey could be over by the end of this month. Catch full cricket scorecard and highlights of Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions at the Wankhede below.
The match started with Rohit Sharma winning the toss and inviting Gujarat side to bat first. The match started horribly for the Gujarat side as they lost Dwayne Smith in the very first over. But, then Gujarat side came back in the match as Raina and Brendon formed a good partnership to help the side reach a good position. Raina was dismissed on 28 by Harbhajan Singh.
But, Brendon continued his inning as he scored a good half century. He was later dismissed by Malinga. In the later stage, Dinesh Kartik and Jason Roy hit some big blows that helped Gujarat side post a good total of 176 on the board. It looking like Gujarat will win this match as the pitch was difficult to score as the ball was not coming on the bat.
Mumbai also started the chase horribly as they lost Parthiv Patel in the very first over. The wicket put a lot of pressure on Mumbai side. Gujarat Lions should have won this match but they dropped Nitish Rana on the score of 9. He made them pay for this mistake as he went on to score a brilliant half century to bring Mumbai closer to the score.
The match was finished by Pollard and Rohit Sharma who hit some massive blows at the end of the inning to give Mumbai its fourth consecutive win. Rohit made 40 which would give him a lot of confidence for future matches.
The man of the match was Nitish Rana who scored a brilliant half century in the match to bring Mumbai Indians close to the Gujarat Lions score. He also became the highest run scorer in the IPL in this edition after this inning.