Jasprit Bumrah conceded only 5 runs in the super-over    BCCI
Jasprit Bumrah conceded only 5 runs in the super-over BCCI

At the stroke of 12, when Rohit Sharma turned 30, Mumbai Indians (MI) edged past Gujarat Lions (GL) in a Super-Over thriller of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. After the Lions took the last three wickets off direct-hits, the match ended in a tie. That produced the first Super-Over in IPL after the 2015 edition. Mumbai used Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, and Rohit Sharma, while the Lions passed the ball to James Faulkner. Pollard hit a four and six before he holed out at wide long-on. Buttler then skied a catch to set up a 12-run target for the home team. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10, Match 35

Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch took crease. Mumbai preferred Jasprit Bumrah over Lasith Malinga. The youngster, however, had a torrid start to the over. He started off with a no-ball. “Game, set, and match,” thought everyone. All the same, he displayed magnificent show of character, for he mixed slower deliveries with immaculate yorkers to gift a win to the captain on his birthday. The devastating duo of McCullum and Finch fell prey to Bumrah’s sling-shot action, failing to acquire the target.

Mumbai either come back from the dead or get complacent and commit suicide. This match, in all probability, was an ideal example. After needing 27 off 23, with 5 wickets in hand, they got carried away and ended up levelling the scores.

After choosing to bat first, the Lions posted 153 for 9 in 20 overs. The likes of Suresh Raina, McCullum, and Finch scored 7 runs together. It was Ishan Kishan’s 35-ball 48 that steadied the sinking ship. Towards the end of the innings, James Faulkner and Andrew Tye provided late blitz and took the Lions to a modest total. For Mumbai, Krunal Pandya and Malinga ended with combined figures of 4-0-47-5.

Given the track was just another batting-friendly one, Mumbai were likely to attain the target. Parthiv Patel, who often plays cameos and goes unnoticed, rose to the occasion. Wasting no time, he smacked a boundary off the very first ball. Jos Buttler, too, joined the party and picked two more fours off the over. In a pursuit of reaching a humble target, Mumbai bagged 13 runs off the first over. Basil Thampi, who had brilliantly bowled in the last match, was victimised by the uncertainties of the shortest format.

Parthiv showed no mercy to James Faulkner either. He added two more boundaries, forcing Suresh Raina to make the first bowling change. He handed the ball to Irfan Pathan in anticipation of a wicket, but the southpaw playing in his first match this season got his lengths wrong. Parthiv pounced on the short deliveries, blasting 2 fours and a six. Be that as it may. There was a minor setback for Mumbai. A mix-up led to Buttler’s run out. That, by all means, did not change course of the match. If anything, Mumbai launched more brutal attack.

Nitish Rana registered his first six before he was wrongly adjudged lbw. While reverse-sweeping a full-length ball, Rana missed it and the ball hit the glove. Umpire, thinking it hit the pad, raised his finger. Live cricket updates: GL vs MI, IPL 2017

Parthiv, meanwhile, reached his ninth half-century. But, a few overs later, Rohit Sharma nicked one to the wicketkeeper. All of a sudden, there was a twist in the tale. In the same over, Faulkner got rid of Patel for 70.

Pinned at the crease was Kieron Pollard. He had hit the winning runs in the previous match between these two teams at Wankhede Stadium. He may not have survived till the end, but played a quickfire 15 to scale down the required run-rate. Mumbai needed 27 off 23 with 5 wickets in hand, and thus begins the drama.

The Pandya brothers, Krunal and Hardik, were in the thick of things. The task was not of a threatening magnitude, but the Lions managed to pull off the improbable. After Kishan caught Hardik at deep mid-wicket, the match turned upside down. The momentum swung like a pendulum. The moment Mumbai went ahead in the race, the Lions staged a comeback. The moment the Lions dominated, Mumbai silenced their roar.

Thampi trapped Harbhajan for a first-ball duck. Off the very next delivery, Pathan, from third-man, induced a direct hit to dismiss Mitchell McCleanghan. Mumbai needed 12 off the last over, with 2 wickets in hand.

Andrew Tye, after bowling only an over, had gone back due to shoulder injury. Thampi, Faulkner, and Ankit Soni had bowled out their quota. That left Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja. Given Krunal is a good player of spin, Raina opted for Pathan.

Pathan missed his length. He bowled right into the slot, and Krunal launched it over the sight screen. Mumbai needed 5 off 5. Krunal took a single. Bumrah tried to do the same, but a quick single resulted in a run out instead. Jadeja, from point, was bang on. 3 deliveries later, Mumbai levelled the score. At the strike was Malinga. Pathan came over the wicket and fired at Malinga’s toes. The ball ricocheted to point. Jadeja yet again hit the stumps, with Krunal falling short of the crease. Enter Super-Over…

Brief scores:

Gujarat Lions 153 for 9 in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 48, Ravindra Jadeja 28; Krunal Pandya 3 for 14; Lasith Malinga 2 for 33) drew with Mumbai Indians 153 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 70, Krunal Pandya 29; Basil Thampi 2 for 29, James Faulkner 2 for 34).

Mumbai Indians 12 for 2 (Kieron Pollard 10, Jos Buttler 1; James Faulkner 12 for 2) beat Gujarat Lions 6 for 0 (Aaron Finch 1, Brendon McCullum 1; Jasprit Bumrah 6 for 0) in Super-Over.

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