Mumbai Indians had a score to settle or at least reduce when Gujarat Lions came visiting the Wankhede Stadium for the first of the double headers on Sunday. Last season, GL won both their encounters against MI. And on Sunday afternoon, Mumbai reduced that deficit with a six wicket win with three balls to spare. Crucial runs from the entire pack, mostly from Nitish Rana once again got the home side over the line while chasing 177 for the win. This also took MI to the top of the IPL points table.
Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Gujarat Lions (GL), IPL 2017, Score and Updates:
1937 hrs IST: 2 needed from 4 balls. And Rohit Sharma takes Mumbai Indians to a 6 wicket win over Gujarat Lions with 3 balls to spare
1936 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma blocks out a yorker and tries to go for a double. But testing Jadeja’s throw from the deep and that is never a good idea. Nice pickup and throw by Jadeja from the boundary. Has Pandya made it? On to the third umpire to decide. And it is a quick decision – NOT OUT!
1935 hrs IST: What a start by Rohit Sharma. Goes down low and sweeps it behind for a four. No chance for the keeper to save that from a boundary. Beautiful shot
1934 hrs IST: Praveen Kumar to bowl the final over. MI need 8 from 6
1933 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya is the new man in. And he doesn’t take too long to settle down. Starts with a boundary. Fairly even over in the end. 169/4 with 9 runs and a wicket
1929 hrs IST: GONE! Pollard looks to finish it early and goes for another six. But this time he finds Ravindra Jadeja in the deep. Andrew Tye celebrations. GL have the big fish in the net.
1924 hrs IST: 23 needed from 18 balls. Pollard playing key role in this chase. Basil Thampi with a really good over to concede just six runs – all in singles. MI now need 17 from 12 balls
1921 hrs IST: SIX! FOUR! Pollard continues to go after the GL bowling with Andrew Tye bearing the brunt now. Hits it over the long-off fielder for a six and then pulls powerfully for a four
1920 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma goes down at the non-striker’s end. Plowed by Pollard and Rohit takes the impact on inner-thigh. After a little bit of look, Rohit shrugs it off
1915 hrs IST: Strategic time out: Mumbai Indians 141/3 after 16 overs. Need 36 from 24 balls. Both Rohit and Pollard on 25
1911 hrs IST: Dwayne Smith comes on to bowl. And after an economical start, gets expensive. SIX AND FOUR from Pollard and Mumbai keep themselves in the fight.
1908 hrs IST: SIX! This time Pollard goes after Munaf Patel. Back of a length and outside off and gets a flat six treatment over deep midwicket
1906 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma attacks the off cutter which offers width and is outside the off stump. Cuts it uppishly to evade the backward point fielder
1901 hrs IST: Kieron Pollard and Rohit Sharma look to get Mumbai going once again. Need 76 from 48 balls
1854 hrs IST: GONE! Jos Buttler faced just 20 balls in the first 10 overs. And now he perishes. Tries to clear the boundary line but only finds McCullum at the boundary line
1846 hrs IST: GONE! Nitish Rana looks to cut it with width on offer but doesn’t get the right contact on it. Gets the faintest of edges and Andrew Tye breaks the partnership. Mumbai Indians are 86/2
1840 hrs IST: FIFTY! Nitish Rana slashes it into the gap and finds the boundary to beat the fielder inside the circle. Third fifty of the IPL
1834 hrs IST: At the end of the Powerplay overs, Mumbai Indians are 56/1 with Nitish Rana scoring the lion’s share of the runs.
1817 hrs IST: Praveen with some undisciplined bowling. 11 runs from the over – just 1 run from the bat. Rest of them extras – wides to be specific
1809 hrs IST: DROPPED! Nitish Rana survives at 9. Airs the shot trying to pull it but it goes comfortably into Jason Roy’s hands. Or it does almost. Gets his hands underneath it but fluffs the chance after the ball bounces off his body. Slogged by Rana but doesn’t get enough on it due to the pace and bounce
1802 hrs IST: GONE! Just like the first innings, second ball sees a wicket with the point fielder involved. This time Parthiv Patel gets a leading edge off Praveen and Jason Roy takes the catch
1801 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians begin chase: Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler open the innings. Praveen Kumar has the ball
1742 hrs IST: Gujarat Lions score 176/4 in the 20 overs. McCullum top-scores with 64 and key unbeaten 48 late on from Dinesh Karthik
1740 hrs IST: SIX!! And the last ball somewhat ruins it. Into the hitting zone for Jason Roy, removes his leg aside and sends it past the boundary line. 166/4
1739 hrs IST: Good over from the Sri Lanka and Mumbai Indians bowler. Five singles and a wide from Malinga in the 19th over. Very good bowling this.
1736 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga to bowl the penultimate over. Dinesh Karthik is in raging touch – 41 runs from 20 balls
1731 hrs IST: GONE! Ishan Kishan walks. Slower ball, back of the hand by McClenaghan, and Kishan gets the top edge that goes comfortably into the hands of Krunal Pandya
1729 hrs IST: SIX! Slower one, short of length and bit of width to use, Dinesh Karthik swings and sends it into the stands for a big hit
1726 hrs IST: Great over for Gujarat Lions. 19 runs from it – 2, 4nb, 1, 4, 1, 2, 4. Jasprit Bumrah going for all those runs
1719 hrs IST: Strategic timeout! After 16 overs, Gujarat Lions are 126/3 with Dinesh Karthik on 20 and Ishan Kishan on 5. Partnership up to 27
1712 hrs IST: SIX! Karthik with nice improvisation to creates space for himself on a shortish ball outside off. Scoops it over his shoulder and beats the short fine leg to his right. 200th six of the IPL!
1704 hrs IST: WICKET! Malinga strikes and he gets a big wicket…McCullum cleaned up for 64…GL 99/3
1700 hrs IST: McCullum needs to push the paddle and accelerate the run-rate..He is well settled out there in the middle and can go after the bowlers…And just picks the pace of the ball on that one and flicks it away to fine leg boundary…GL 99/2
1659 hrs IST: This is a good move from Gujarat Lions…Promoting Ishan up the order can bring some positive results…He has a natural game of going after the bowlers, has a double hundred in domestic front
1654 hrs IST: There is requirement of coming down the track so early…He should try to get his eye in because McCUllum on the other end is well settled and is looking good now
1652 hrs IST: SO youngster Ishan Kishan has replaced the captain…And that is a loud appeal for stumping…The third umpire comes into play and he just makes his ground and the left-hander is safe
1650 hrs IST: WICKET! Suresh Raina departs after mis-hitting the ball…Tries to go inside-out but totally mis-times on that occasion…A good catch from Rohit Sharma as well…He goes for 28…GL 81/2
1647 hrs IST: FIFTY! That’s a half century for McCullum as he steals a single to achieve the feat…He is looking comfortable and settled now
1644 hrs IST: FOUR! McCullum take full advantage of that flighted delivery…He smashes that one away to cow corner region…That’s where Harbhajan is missing out…Giving away one or two bad deliveries
1643 hrs IST: Harbhajan has been economical so far…He has been bowling good line except for one or two deliveries…And that’s what is required from an experienced bowler like Harbhajan
1639 hrs IST: That is a superb fielding effort from Pollard…He saves runs for his team every now and then while he is in the outfield
1635 hrs IST: FOUR! A juicy short delivery from Harbhajan and McCullum takes aerial route but this time it’s just a boundary and 50-run partnership comes up with that
1630 hrs IST: Krunal Pandya is bowling at a good line…To keep McCullum silent, that’s where you need to keep bowling…He can pick ypu up and smash you over the boundary anytime
1629 hrs IST: Outstanding stuff from Mumbai skipper…He saves a couple of runs for his team…Gujarat after the Powerplay 46/1
1627 hrs IST: SIX! WHAT a strike from McCullum…He is getting into the groove…Just a back of a length delivery from Malinga and the ball has been sent out of the park
1625 hrs IST: SIX! McCullum stretches his arms and smashes that one over covers for a maximum
1623 hrs IST: McCullum takes aerial route but that will fall short of the fielder at the Long-off area and that’s what we are talking about…These two are going to go after the bowlers
1620 hrs IST: The Mumbai Indians are taking off the pace from the ball and this is a good tactic…Both of them love to strike the ball hard and like to play aggressive game
1616 hrs IST: A bowling change from Rohit Sharma…Harbhajan Singh’s spin being introduced here…And this seems to be a good move from Rohit Sharma…The spinner can extract something from this track
1615 hrs IST: And he comes out of the crease again…But misses that one completely…Play and a miss from McCullum
1613 hrs IST: McCullum will play his natural game…He is going to dance down the pitch…He will take on the bowlers no matter what’s the scenario is
1611 hrs IST: FOUR! Another boundary and this time it’s Brendon McCullum who has easliy put that one away from McLenaghan…That was short and going down the leg side
1609 hrs IST: FOUR! That was mighty from the skipper…He puts it up away beautifully…That was wide outside off-stump and he take full advantage of that one
1608 hrs IST: NO BALL!!! and that has run away to the fine leg boundary and it’s a free hit ball
1605 hrs IST: A packed off-side field for Suresh Raina…And that area is his strength…Plays a good inside-out shot, finds easy singles
1601 hrs IST: GONE! Dwayne Smith goes for a duck on the second ball. Hands a catch to Nitish Rana at point and McClenghan strikes an early blow on Gujarat Lions.
1600 hrs IST: And we’re ready for the first ball. Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open the innings for Gujarat Lions. Mitchell McClenaghan has the ball
1551 hrs IST: Been four years since Munaf Patel played in the IPL.
It is 1426 days since Munaf Patel last played an #IPL match: when he played in the 2013 Qualifier for MI v CSK & his captain today, Raina.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 16, 2017
1542 hrs IST: TEAMS:
Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga
Gujarat Lions: Jason Roy, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Basil Thampi, Andrew Tye, Munaf Patel
1536 hrs IST: Changes for Gujarat Lions: Aaron Finch is out because, believe it or not, he lost his kit bag! Jason Roy comes in as a replacement. Munaf Patel is in for Shadab Jakati.
1530 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga is back for MI with Tim Southee sitting out.
1530 hrs IST: TOSS! Tails is the call and Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians are bowling first. Gujarat Lions will bat first.
1520 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the first game of the Sunday’s play in the IPL 2017. It takes us to Wankhede Stadium where Mumbai Indians host Gujarat Lions in a contest that would take MI at the top of the pyramid with a win. GL on the other hand need to get wins in their bag after poor start.