In what was arguably the best match of IPL 2017, the Mumbai Indians trumped the Gujarat Lions in a super over finish. Mumbai Indians were in an extremely comfortable position with 15 needed off the last 2 overs and 5 wickets in hand. 12 balls later Mumbai had lost their 5 wickets after Ravindra Jadeja’s direct hit prevented MI from getting 1 off the last ball.
Tricky wicket for batsmen
Having lost the toss, the Mumbai Indians did well to restrict the Gujarat Lions on a dry wicket. The Lions couldn’t quite get going, despite Ishan Kishan’s initial burst of 48(35). The McCullum-Raina-Finch combination didn’t deliver on a day when the Gujarat batting needed it most. In-form Dinesh Karthik too failed to impress. Andrew Tye’s late finish helped Gujarat reach an average total on a rather tricky wicket to bat on. Krunal Pandya, who returned to the side, finished with figures of 4-0-14-3
Parthiv is Mr. Consistent for MI
Although Jos Buttler has played his part in few of Mumbai’s wins, it’s been Parthiv Patel who has carried the Mumbai top order this season. The Gujarat Ranji Trophy captain has kept the selectors busy with his name and also made a comeback to the Indians test team earlier this season. Rohit Sharma wasn’t able to establish himself and continues to struggle to find consistent form.
Although Mumbai lost wickets throughout their chase, the required run rate was always in reach, thanks to Parthiv’s 70 off 44 balls. It wasn’t until the penultimate over that Mumbai started feeling the pressure. The collapse took us into a nail biting super over, thanks to Jadeja’s brilliant throw from point.
Super finish from Bumrah
Buttler and Pollard took the crease for MI in the super over. Pollard’s 10 runs gave Mumbai a decent total of 11 runs to bowl at. Jasprit Bumrah who’s known for his death over bowling started off with a no ball but was quick to recover. Finch and McCullum were unable to connect any of Bumrah's deliveries and were beaten 5 out of the 6 balls.
Mumbai Indians play their next game on the 1st of May against RCB at the Wankhede Stadium.