Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians
Gujarat Lions notched up their third win of the season courtesy of stellar performance with the bat by Aaron Finch who scored 72 runs to help his side chase down a score of 134 runs set by Bangalore. Dwayne Bravo will not play any part this season for Gujarat failing to recover from hamstring injury. Andrew Tye proved his worth again with the ball in hand to help Gujarat restrict a powerhouse batting lineup of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Tye has now taken 12 wickets in five matches for Gujarat and will key for the side in the coming games of the Indian Premier League.
Mumbai are comfortably at second with six wins out of eight games. A win against Gujarat Lions will take them one step closer towards secure their place in the final four of the competition. Mumbai has got off to perfect start and have gone unbelievable strong as the side has produced collective performances in the games played with Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler leading the way with the bat.
Mitchell McClenaghan, Jaspreet Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh have been phenomenal with the ball in hand. Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson have also featured for the side for few games while Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya have chipped in with match-defining contributions with the bat and ball.
The last clash between the sides resulted in Mumbai securing a six wicket win over the visitors as Nitish Rana produced match winning knock of 53 runs to help home side chase down a target of 176 runs posted by Gujarat Lions courtesy of splendid innings by Brendon McCullum. Rohit Sharma has finally got his groove back with the bat while Kieron Pollard has produced the goods when it mattered.
Gujarat Lions will keen to dislodge Mumbai Indians at Rajkot to gain momentum for the coming games of the Indian Premier League.