Mumbai Indians wins fourth victory to dominate Point Chart

 . Last updated on April 17, 2017, 12:45 PM
Mumbai Indians wins fourth victory to dominate Point Chart
Rohit Sharma, the winning Captain, takes a difficult catch to remove Suresh Raina.
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Brendon McCullum and Dinesh Karthik were the batsmen that pulled up the score for Gujarat Lions to a challenging 176. However, it was not enough to slog Mumbai Indians at the chaser friendly Wankhede stadium. Mumbai Indians continued their dominance in IPL claiming the fourth win of the season. Mumbai batsmen Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma and Keiron Pollard steered the chase to the winning figures ending the game before the final couple of balls. The team won by six wickets with three balls to spare. Rana scored a half century and skipper Sharma remained unbeaten striking 40 off 29. In the previous inning, Brendon McCullum scored 64 off 44 and Dinesh Karthik had 48 off 26 remaining not out.

Gujarat Lions started the inning headstrong even if they lost an early wicket, Dwayne Smith, in the second delivery of the inning. They reach 80 for no further loss by half the inning. The early over partnership brought substantial runs. In contrast, Mumbai Indians started the chase slow reaching 85 for 2 in the 10th over. Rana was contained before the completion of 10th over after which, Pollard and Sharma steered the inning. In the match, Mitchell McClenaghan had a break-through taking down 2 wickets for 24 runs. In contrast, Malinga removed McCullum, even if he bowled quite expensively.

Until Pollard did not strike strong, the chase could not pull up with better momentum. Pollard started his strike as he smashed three sixes to reach 39 off 23 balls. By the end of the match Basil Thampi bowled the 18 over denying any boundaries, when they were crucial for Mumbai. By the last two overs, the team required 17 off two overs. This pressed on Pollard to strike harder. He lost it, caught at the deep midwicket. The chase was all onto Sharma who did not faltered a bit to keep on the winning momentum. In the last over, he scored a boundary and two singles finally reaching the target. Nitish Rana was declared Player of the Match for his half century.


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