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IPL 2017: Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard Star as Mumbai Indians Beat Gujarat Lions by 6 Wickets

Mumbai Indians registered their fourth win on the trot in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) by beating Gujarat Lions by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Cricketnext Staff |April 16, 2017, 8:28 PM IST
Nitish Rana (53), Rohit Sharma (40 not out) and Kieron Pollard (39) were the major contributors to Mumbai's cause. (BCCI Photo)

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians registered their fourth win on the trot in the tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) by beating Gujarat Lions by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Chasing a fighting target, Mumbai had the worst possible start as opener Parthiv Patel was dismissed of the second ball of the innings by Praveen Kumar for a duck.

Mumbai should have been two down in the next over but Jason Roy grassed an easy catch and in-form Nitish Rana was given another lifeline.

Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions: As It Happened

The southpaw made the most of his second chance and issued a remarkable fightback for Mumbai, along with Jos Buttler.

The duo hit boundaries for fun and scored at a fast pace to pile on the pressure on Gujarat bowlers. Nitish Rana notched up his second IPL half-century and also got hold of the orange cap early on in the season.

Andrew Tye finally dismissed Rana for 53 as Gujarat lost their second wicket for 85. Munaf Patel shifted the match in Gujarat's favour by removing dangerman Buttler for 24, as two new batsmen were at the crease for Mumbai.

However, Kieron Pollard and skipper Rohit Sharma completely changed the momentum of the match by hitting runs at quick pace. Pollard played the role of the aggressor as he bludgeoned two sixes in as many overs to keep Mumbai in the hunt.

Pollard then took Tye to the task in the next over by hitting a six and a four and at this point, Mumbai were firmly in the driving seat. But in his next over, Tye got his revenge and dismissed Pollard for 39.

With eight runs needed of the final Praveen Kumar over, Rohit Sharma hit a four off the first delivery and then ran two doubles, as Mumbai went over the line with three balls to spare.

Earlier, riding on half-century from Brendon McCullum (64 off 44) and a cameo from Dinesh Karthik (48* off 26), Gujarat Lions posted 176/4 in their designated 20 overs.

Gujarat didn't have the best of starts as Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed in-form Dwayne Smith on the second ball of the innings. Suresh Raina promoted himself up the order and he along with McCullum steadied the ship for GL.

Playing in his first game of the season, Lasith Malinga was introduced into the attack in the second over and Raina welcomed him by hitting back to back boundaries in his first over itself.

Both McCullum and Raina kept rotating the strike and hit occasional boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking.

McCullum then increased the scoring rate by smashing two huge sixes off the bowling of Malinga in the sixth over. McCullum brought up his 12th half-century in the league off just 34 deliveries.

The duo were cruising along nicely but Harbhajan Singh finally broke the 80-run partnership by dismissing Raina for 29. McCullum couldn't last long either as he was dismissed by Malinga for 64.

From there on, it was a Dinesh Karthik show, as the Indian batsman took the game to Mumbai Indians with great aplomb.

Karthik made his intentions clear by hitting a huge six off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah early on in his innings. While in Bumrah's next over, Karthik stepped up the gear and hit three fours off mere four deliveries.

A late cameo from Jason Roy (14 off 7) ensured that Gujarat posted a fighting total in their fourth match of the season.

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