Dispiriting losses in the first few weeks of the tournament have left Gujarat Lions in the lower half of IPL 2017, and with seven matches to go, Saturday's clash with heavyweights Mumbai Indians could push them back down the leaderboard. Kieron Pollard hit a four and a six in Mumbai's over but James Faulkner responded with two wickets to leave Gujarat needing 12 runs to win.
Despite starting with a no-ball and then a wide in his first three deliveries, Bumrah's searing yorkers were too good for Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch, who could only manage six as Mumbai moved level with Kolkata Knight Riders at the top of the table. But Mumbai replied fittingly with Nitish Rana (53 off 36) and Pollard (39 off 23) batting brilliantly and Rohit Sharma applying the finishing touches to get them over the finish line with 3 balls to spare.
Harbhajan Singh has dismissed Suresh Raina five times, the most by a bowler against Raina in IPL history.
In their first meeting of the season at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Indians recorded a comfortable six-wicket win.
That seemed shift the momentum decisively in favour of the hosts with Mumbai needing 11 runs off the last over.
Opener, Ishan Kishan, smashed 48 off 35 balls, hitting six boundaries and two maximums, in spite of wickets tumbling around him.
The Mumbai Indians looked set to easily eclipse the Gujarat Lions total of 153 for 9 but lost five wickets in the last two overs and the scores ended tied with MI 153 all out.
Jadeja and Irfan Pathan were snuffed out before Tye and Faulkner joined hands to do some damage control. The team has finally found some great combinations and they have been performing really well, both with the bat and the ball, right from the beginning of the tournament.
The over had another setback in store for the visitors as Mitchell McClenaghan was run out thanks Irfan Pathan who did well to stop a boundary before coming up with an excellent throw that directly hit the stumps. Their bowling also looks good with McClenaghan, Bumrah, and Harbhajan all looking in a good rhythm. MI took the third wicket before the completion of the six-over powerplay when Finch was outwitted by Malinga breakback.
The question whether GL's skipper Raina, who has played unbeaten 34 in the last match, is fit or not is still blurred as the batsman had hurt his shoulder during fielding.
He hit nine fours and one six in his 44 ball knock.