High-flying Mumbai face confident Gujarat in IPL

Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (capt), Akshadeep Nath, Shubham Agarwal, Basil Thampi, Dwayne Bravo, Chirag Suri, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Manpreet Gony, Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, Dhaval Kulkarni, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Praveen Kumar, Shivil Kaushik, Brandon McCullum, Munaf Patel, Pratham Singh, Jason Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Shelly Shaurya, Nathusingh, Dwayne Smith, Tejas Baroka, Andre Tye.

Finch finished off the proceedings in great style, clobbering Lockie Ferguson for two huge hits over the fence to get Gujarat Lions their first win in this edition of the IPL.

But then Wankhede is a fortress for MI and chasing teams have won 19 off the last 21 T20 games here even though the average score batting first since the World T20 in 2016 is a decent 166.This is MI's first win over Lions in three attempts and the first time they have won a game that is played on April 16 having lost three times on the date, including the corresponding clash a year ago.

Hailing Gujarat's opening duo of Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum for their brilliant strokeplay, Smith said: "When Dwayne and McCullum get going, it's hard to stop them and we could not come back after that".

That proved to be a key moment, as the grateful Rana eased the same bowler over extra cover for six and hit Andrew Tye for another maximum in the next over.

Shardul Thakur (1-14) provided the breakthrough when he had Dwayne caught at third man and soon McCullum was stumped off Rahul Chahar (1-26). Smith had struck eight fours and one six in a 30-ball 47 before he fell in the ninth over.

McCullum followed that up with his first six in the second, although he was dropped on 13 in the third - an admittedly hard return catch to bowler Shardul Thakur.

Thereafter, Supergiant skipper Smith and Tripathi took the attack to the opposition and stitched quick 63-run partnership off just 32 balls to take Gujarat Lions forward.

Kohli showed no signs of rustiness from his almost one-month absence from cricket due to a shoulder injury, and the Indian master batsman hit 62 off 47 balls with five fours and two sixes. At this point, Tye was brought in and he delivered in his very first over by dismissing Tripathi, who lofted a short delivery towards mid-off only for Aaron Finch to take the catch.

Raina in particular, had a torrid time against his former teammate, especially with deliveries that were slower in the air.

Tye once again came to the party when he went through the defence of Ben Stokes in the 13th over.

Gujarat Lions: 176/4 in 20 overs. Tye utilised his array of slower balls in his first-game masterclass.

Looking at the first match, the Suresh Raina-led Gujarat side has somewhat redeemed themselves after a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant while Mumbai has six points from four games shedding their poor starters tag.



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