MUMBAI: Skipper Rohit Sharma found some form going his way as he anchored Mumbai Indians to an six-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League encounter, here today.
Chasing a tricky target of 177, skipper Rohit remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 balls with Mumbai Indians knocking off the target with three balls to spare.
The popular franchise maintained their pole position with four wins in five matches with the only defeat coming against Rising Pune Supergiant. Lions on the otherhand have now lost three out of their four games and are languishing at the second last position in the eight team table.
Credit should also be given to Nitish Rana (53 off 36 balls), who set the platform with another matured effort. Kieron Pollard (39 of 23 balls) also did his bit with some lusty blows to make it easier for the skipper to add finishing touches.
Needing eight runs off the last over, Rohit guided a yorker past the keeper to take the pressure off. A couple of twos sealed it as the skipper looked relieved having gione through a bad patch since the start of the event.
The turning point of the Mumbai Indians innings was the 14th over when Rohit hit Munaf for a boundary and Pollard pulled him for a six. The skipper also lofted Jadeja for an inside out six over extra cover.
It was young Rana, whose half-century and the 85-run stand with Jos Buttler that helped Pollard accelerate in the back-10 in company of Rohit.
Rana’s innings had four boundaries and two sixes. Earlier, Brendon McCullum raced his way to a quickfire 64 while Dinesh Karthik’s cameo provided the late flourish as Gujarat Lions scored a competitive 176 for 4 batting first.
Gujarat Lions innings
DR Smith c Rana b McClenaghan 00
BB McCullum b Malinga 64
SK Raina* c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 28
Ishan Kishan c KH Pandya b McClenaghan 11
KD Karthik† not out 48
JJ Roy not out 14
Mumbai Indians innings
PA Patel† c Roy b Kumar 00
JC Buttler c McCullum b Patel 26
N Rana c †Karthik b Tye 53
RG Sharma* not out 40
KA Pollard c Jadeja b Tye 39
HH Pandya not out 06
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