IPL 2016: Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians

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Over 17 || Score 153/5 (Pollard 3; H Pandya 0)Dwayne Bravo returned for his third over. A leg bye as Kieron Pollard tried to flick, but missed the ball. A wide, down the leg, then a yorker missed by Nitish Rana. It was followed by a well-timed sweep shot for a four which beat the fielder at mid-wicket boundary.

A single then, Bravo-Pollard sparing returned.

Another leg-bye, then the wicket of Rana. A regulation catch by Dhawal Kulkarni at deep square leg. Change of pace did the trick for Bravo.

WICKET: Nitish Rana c Dhawal Kulkarni b Dwayne Bravo 70 (36b)

Hardik Pandya is the new man. Eight runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 16 || Score 145/4 (Rana 65; Pollard 3)

Dhawal Kulkarni returned for his third over, and Nitish Rana continued hitting.

A dot ball to Kieron Pollard to start the over, then a single. Rana took a double off miscued, lofted shot over point.

Then a six, his fourth of the day, over mid-wicket. Two more singles and 11 runs from the over.

In the last five overs, Mumbai have scored 58 runs, losing a wicket.

Over 15 || Score 134/4 (Rana 56; Pollard 1)

Shadab Jakati, the left arm spinner, has been dealt rather severely by young Nitish Rana. 14 runs.

Two singles to start the over, then Rana hit the first of three fours through mid-wicket. A dot ball, then back-to-back fours.

With the second four, Rana reached his maiden IPL fifty, off 28 balls.
Over 14 || Score 120/4 (Rana 43; Pollard 0)

Dwayne Bravo returned and broke the partnership which was taking the game from Gujarat Lions.

A single to Jos Buttler to start the over, then a four as Nitish Rana picked the slower delivery on outside off, and played a cover drive of supreme confidence.

A single, followed by a dot ball. Then the wicket. Blinder of a catch. Brilliant reflex action from Bravo to complete the catch on follow through.

WICKET: Jos Buttler c & b Dwayne Bravo 33 (31b)

Kieron Pollard is the new man. Six runs and a wicket from the over.
Over 13 || Score 114/3 (Rana 38; Buttler 32)

Shadab Jakati returned for his second over. Five singles then a six from the blade of Nitish Rana, over long-on. He’s dealing in sixes.

11 runs from the over.
Over 12 || Score 103/3 (Rana 30; Buttler 29)

Dwayne Smith on for his fourth and final over. A not ball four, of height, which was punched through cover by Nitish Rana.

Then a six, over mid-wicket.

Four singles, then a wide. A dot to end the 16-run over. Smith’s figures: 4-0-37-2.

The over also marked 50-run stand between Rana and Jos Buttler.
Over 11 || Score 87/3 (Rana 18; Buttler 27)

Bowling change, and first glimpse of Nitish Rana’s brute force today.

A single to start Ravindra Jadeja’s first over as Rana played towards fine leg. A double followed with Jos Buttler playing towards mid-wicket. A single, then Rana got into his favourite position to smack a big six over long-one. On his knees, Rana picked the ball from off stump and hit.

A single than a four the to end the 15-run over.
Over 10 || Score 72/3 (Rana 10; Buttler 20)

Dwayne ‘Champion’ Bravo on for the Lions at Kanpur. A single to Nitish Rana to start his spell. It was followed by a double as more proactive of the two batsmen, Jos Buttler played pass mid-wicket.

A single more, then a dot ball. A slower full toss, but Rana failed to time his shot, and it saved the batsman, as the ball didn’t reach Brendon McCullum at deep square leg.

A dot and five runs from the over.
Over 9 || Score 67/3 (Rana 8; Buttler 17)

Dwayne Smith continued with his third over, on the trot. A four to Jos Buttler to start the over. Short and wide, and Buttler dispatched to point.

Two singles, and a dot ball. A double followed as Buttler played the fifth ball towards extra cover. A dot to end the over.

Over 8 || Score 59/3 (Rana 7; Buttler 10)

Second bowling change for Gujarat Lions. Spinner on with Shadab Jakati.

Good start from the 35-year-old from Goa. Five runs — three singles and a double.

33 runs and three wickets in the last five over.
Over 7 || Score 54/3 (Rana 6; Buttler 6)

Dwayne Smith continued with his second over. The West Indian still managed to incite the ball to do the talking even though this pitch was ruled a batting top.

Good over for the hosts. Five runs — four singles and a wide.

Those three wickets Mumbai lost today was reflective of their poor start this season. The defending champions have lost 25 wickets in the power-play, and most for any team in 2016.
Over 6 || Score 49/3 (Rana 4; Buttler 4)

Praveen Kumar continued with his third over. Five dot balls to Jos Buttler, and strayed the last ball. Punished with a four, through fine leg boundary.
Over 5 || Score 45/3 (Rana 4; Buttler 0)

Dwayne Smith, who rocked Kolkata Knight Riders in their last match, got two wickets in his first over.

First, he removed Martin Guptill, caught at mid-on by Dwayne Bravo.

WICKET: Martin Guptill c Dwayne Bravo b Dwayne Smith 7 (9b)

Just arrived Krunal Pandya hit a four, then a dot ball. Then the wicket. Caught at square leg, by Aaron Finch.

WICKET: Krunal Pandya c Aaron Finch b Dwayne Smith 4 (3b)

Jos Buttler is the new man.
Over 4 || Score 37/1 (Guptill 3; Rana 4)

Dhawal Kulkarni also on with his second over. Brilliant start. Two singles off the first two balls, then a dot.

But the next ball was dispatched by Rohit Sharma, straight over the bowler’s head. Then the big wicket.

Rohit, playing a pull shot off a short of good length ball, holed out at deep square leg. Good catch by Shadab Jakati.

WICKET: Rohit Sharma c Shadab Jakati b Dhawal Kulkarni 30 (17b)

Nitish Rana, promoted to three, started with a four.
Over 3 || Score 25/0 (R Sharma 23; Guptill 2)

Praveen Kumar continued with his second over. A single to Martin Guptill, then a dot ball to Rohit Sharma. Another dot, and very good start.

Rohit then picked the ball from the ‘fifth’ stump and played through mid-on for four. Good pull shot.

A single, then back-footed Guptill played a cover drive, and once again that sublime stroke was stopped by his Kiwi compatriot Brendon McCullum inside the ring.

Six runs from the over.
Over 2 || Score 19/0 (R Sharma 18; Guptill 1)

Dhawal Kulkarni shared the new ball with Praveen Kumar.

Two dot balls to Martin Guptill, the the New Zealander played an expansive cover drive, which was stopped by a brilliant Brendon McCullum at extra cover. A single, then…

…third four for Rohit Sharma, through backward point area. A close call followed, for LBW. Lucky Rohit survived. Umpire Nandan reckoned there was a nick. But replays suggested otherwise.

It was followed by the first six of the match. Rohit picked the length early, and lofted over long-off boundary.

11 runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 8/0 (R Sharma 8; Guptill 0)

Two slips and few more close in fielders for Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma. And Praveen Kumar started the proceedings.

A dot ball, then a brilliant cover drive from Rohit for four runs. Good response from Praveen, beating Rohit with an off-cutter.

Three more dot balls, than a flick of supreme class from Rohit to end the over with another four.
Match officials:

Umpires: Anil Chaudhary and Nandan
Third Umpire: Anil Dandekar
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
Reserve Umpire: Rohan Pandit
Playing XIs:

Gujarat Lions: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina (capt.), Dinesh Karthik (w), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Eklavya Dwivedi, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Dhawal Kulkarni

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt.), Martin Guptill, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler (w), Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
TOSS: Gujarat Lions have won the toss and have opted to field.

Meanwhile, in the fight to not finish last at Visakhapatnam, MS Dhoni reminded everyone once again that he is still the best finisher.

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