Brendon McCullum and Dinesh Karthik scored in brisk fashion for the Gujarat Lions, and Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard were brilliant for Mumbai Indians. All the four batsman back in form would make any bowling attack in the world worry so of Mumbai's. One wonders what some of the cricketers of the past, who regularly shared bats, pads, helmets etc. think about this situation?
Though their start was bad with SRH defeating them by 7 wickets, MI picked up themselves from their very second match and haven't faced a loss yet in the tournament. The Lions will be looking to get back to winning ways at SCA stadium tomorrow.
Mumbai Indians: 177/4 in 19.3 overs.
Pollard and Kurnal Pandya (37 not out) then revived the Mumbai Indians chase with a remarkable 93-run stand off 57 balls and batted brilliantly against the two other spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Pawan Negi. The momentum swing was largely aided by targeting Lasith Malinga, tonking him for two huge sixes. Only Knight Riders (43) and Royal Challengers (42) have more. It looked as if that knock and the profligacy of Malinga and Bumrah had wasted the efforts of Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell McClenaghan, who had bowled with objective, energy and imagination.
Well, whatever we say the call has been taken and the playing XI has been revealed by skipper Suresh Raina and it doesn't have Finch in the line up.
Smith was the next to depart when he mistimed a Dwayne Smith delivery to Finch at long-on with the Supergiant scoreboard reading 89 for two in 9.2 overs. The southpaw, frustrated by the runs drying up holed out for 28 while trying to hit Harbhajan out of the park. Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-85, 3-92, 4-160. In return, the Mumbai opening pair was struck by pacer Praveen Yadav in the second ball of the second inning.
Pollard played a quintessential powerpacked innings of 39 (23 balls, 2x4, 3x6) to arrest the required run-rate which had gone past 10 after tight overs from Ravindra Jadeja and Basil Thampi, and calmed the host dug out. Rana took his run-scoring tally in IPL 10 to 193 runs with 53 on the day and took over as the Orange Cap holder from KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. Bought by Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2015 auction, and by Gujarat Lions a year later, Tye spent a considerable amount of time bowling to worldwide batsmen in the nets and this, he believes, has allowed his game to develop quite well.
Here, the Lions were staging a comeback in the contest after dismissing the well-set Rana and Buttler. His 53 - a second half-century of IPL10 to put him atop the competition's leading run-scorers - was a ideal balance between finesses and power and was the third time that the 23-year-old has top-scored for the Mumbai side this year.