Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post of the match No. 35. We move to the battle of the west as Gujarat Lions (GL) and Mumbai Indians (MI) lock horns in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. The match will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Ground in Rajkot. I am Pramod Ananth and I will bring you the live cricket scores and updates from the game. This is a crucial game for the Gujarat franchise, who were dominating the league stages last year. With 5 losses from 8 games, they need to win at least 5 from their remaining 6 to ensure a playoff spot. In their bid for the same, a win here will be necessary. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Gujarat Lions (GL) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10, Match 35

To their advantage, this will be a home game for them and Rajkot as a venue has been a high scoring one. GL have a strong batting line-up with the likes of skipper Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch in excellent form. They are coming off a comprehensive win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday, a game where there bowlers stood up to the occasion and that is the encouraging part. GL beat MI on both occasions in the last season but lost their previous encounter at Mumbai. However, they still hold a 2:1 advantage. Andrew Tye is in a very good form and there is a slight chance that their new recruit Irfan Pathan will get a game.

MI, who were cruising at the No.1 spot in the table for a while, have been now replaced by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). MI are still at the No.2 spot and with another win they will look forward to inch closer to the playoffs. MI lost their last game against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 3 runs. They will be sweating over Krunal Pandya’s fitness as the all-rounder adds multiple dimensions to the side. Ambati Rayudu meanwhile has recovered from his groin injury and it will be interesting to see if MI add their stalwart to the XI.

MI are the more balanced outfit. Their bowling has clicked and their explosive batting has won them games. All eyes will be on Harbhajan Singh, who has dismissed Raina 5 times in IPL.


Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aaron Finch, Shadab Bashir Jakati, Jason Roy, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Jaydev Shah, Pradeep Sangwan, James Faulkner, Akshdeep Nath, Andrew Tye, Chirag Suri, Basil Thampi, Ishan Kishan, Nathu Singh, Shubham Agarwal, Tejas Baroka, Pratham Singh, Shelley Shaurya

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Jos Buttler, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya,Mitchell Johnson, Lendl Simmons, Tim Southee, Vinay Kumar, Saurabh Tiwary, Karn Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Krishnappa Gowtham, Siddhesh Lad, Nicholas Pooran, Shreyas Gopal, Asela Gunaratne, Jitesh Sharma, Deepak Punia, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kulwant Khejroliya

Live Updates

  • 12:04 AM IST

    What a brilliant over from Bumrah. McCullum and Finch could manage to get just 6 from it and MI as a result win by 5 runs and have 2 more points on the table. GL fought hard but will not walk away with anything. A brilliant game nevertheless, one of IPL’s best matches ever for sure!

  • 11:56 PM IST

    GL 1/0 in 0.0 overs | Target 12 from 6 balls

    BALL 1: YORKER! NO BALL and FREE HIT! That’s the best way to describe this ball

  • 11:50 PM IST

    When GL come out to bat they need 12 from 6 balls. Who will their batsmen be? Who will be MI’s bowler? Will it be Bumrah or Malinga or someone else? Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum walk out for GL and it will be Jasprit Bumrah with the ball for MI.

  • 11:45 PM IST

    MI 5/0 in 0.2 overs

    BALL 1: Buttler plays it to deep cover, just a single!

    BALL 2: FOUR! Pollard goes over covers and gets a boundary between long off and deep cover.

  • 11:44 PM IST

    James Faulkner to bowl the super over for GL. It looks Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler will take strike for MI.

  • 11:39 PM IST

    We have the first ever bowl out of IPL 2017. GL did extremely well to crawl their way back into the game and have a golden chance of winning this match. A win for them will keep them alive in the tournament. Can they do it? Or will we see MI having the last laugh? There’s only one way to find out…

  • 11:37 PM IST

    MI 153 in 20 overs, Target 154: Irfan Pathan bowls the final over. SIX! full on middle and Krunal clears the straight boundary. Great start to the over. Takes a single off the next ball to bring Bumrah on strike. 150 up for MI. Bumrah attempts a quick single and jadeja hit the wickets direct at the non-striker’s end. third umpire called in. Bumrah is well short. MI have lost 9 wickets now. Everything is now in Krunal’s hands. Lasith Malinga is the last man in, but he is at the non-striker’s end. TWO! Krunal cuts, ut good work in the deep by Roy, keeps it down to a couple of runs. MI NEED 2 FROM 2! ONE! Krunal manages to get a single. MI now need 1 off 1! What a match this has been. never thought it would get so close, looking at the way Parthiv was going. Are we going to have the first super over of IPL 2017? Is that a run out? The umpire once again refers this. OUT! Krunal is on the line and IT’S a TIE!

  • 11:27 PM IST

    MI 143/8 in 19 overs, target 154: Thampi continues. OUT! Hardik looks to clear the mid-wicket boundary but Ishan Kishan takes a simple catch. Raina looks pleased and rightly so. The dangerous Hardik Pandya has been dismissed for just 4 off 5. Harbhajan Singh is the new batsman. Looks like this match will go right down to the wire. Direct hit from Faulkner and the umpire goes upstairs. Krunal is well in though. OUT! Harbhajan is trapped in front and the finger goes up immediately. Full and straight from Thampi does it. Mitchell MCClenaghan is the new batsman. RUN OUT! Drama at Rajkot! Brilliant work from Pathan in the deep. He recovers quickly and a direct hit sees McClenaghan’s innings end for just a single. MI need 11 off the final over.

  • 11:18 PM IST

    MI 139/5 in 18 overs, Target 154: Faulkner bowls his final over. He has bowled really well today. DROPPED! Krunal looks to clear mid-wicket, but Raina jumps and gets fingertips on it. That would’ve been a terrific catch. FOUR! Krunal breaks the shackles with a boundaru through long on. Decent over from Faulkner, just 9 off it. He finishes with figures of 2 for 34.

  • 11:14 PM IST

    MI 130/5 in 17 overs, Target 154: Thampi continues. FOUR! Pollard muscles it away through deep mid-wicket. OUT! Pollard looks to clear long on, but McCullum takes a simple catch. GL still very much in this. Pollard has been dismissed for 15 off 11. Hardik Pandya joins his brother Krunal at the crease. Good over from Thampi, 7 runs and a wicket off it.

  • 11:08 PM IST

    MI 123/4 in 16 overs, Target 154: Faulkner continues. FOUR! Krunal just about manages to beat the man at mid off. Some respite for MI. SLOPPY! Raina throws the ball to the non-striker’s end needlessly and with nobody backing up, the batsmen take an easy single. 9 from that over.

  • 11:02 PM IST

    MI 114/4 in 15 overs, Target 154: Basil Thampi is into the attack. A crucial period in the game this. Another wicket at this stage will surely give GL the advantage, but MI bat deep. They should still ideally win this, but funny things have happened in cricket. Thampi keeps it tight, does not give away much to the batsmen and as a result, concedes just 5 runs. Time for the strategic time-out.

  • 10:57 PM IST

    MI 109/4 in 14 overs, Target 154: Faulkner into the attack. OUT! Rohit looks to guide the ball to third man but finds the edge through to the wicketkeeper. Another blow for MI as Rohit has been dismissed for 5 off 13. Excellent start to the over for GL. They need to pick up few more wickets to stay in the hunt. Kieron Pollard is the new batsman. EDGED and FOUR! Pollard hits it just to the right of Karthik. DROPPED! Pollard chips in the air and Thampi at mid-wicket drops an easy catch. That could be costly. GONE! What is happening at Rajkot? Parthiv looks to guide the ball to third man and Karthik pouches it safely. The birthday boy has 2 wickets in this over. Parthiv is dismissed for 70 off 44. 5 runs and 2 wickets off that over. The game is wide open now.

  • 10:50 PM IST

    MI 104/2 in 13 overs, Target 154: Ravindra Jadeja introduced into the attack. FOUR! Short from Jadeja and Parthiv pulls it to deep mid-wicket. 100 up for MI with that boundary. FOUR MORE! Parthiv guides the ball to the third man boundary to end the over. 11 off it.

  • 10:46 PM IST

    MI 93/2 in 12 overs, Target 154: Ankit Soni bowls his final over. He has been superb today. Karthik misses a chance to stump Rohit. How costly will that be? Just 3 from that over. Soni finishes with figures of 1 for 16 from his 4 overs.

  • 10:42 PM IST

    MI 90/2 in 11 overs, Target 154: Raina bowls his final over. FOUR! Full toss and Parthiv puts it away through mid-wicket. Tye tries his best to stop it but fails despite getting a hand on it. He holds his shoulder in pain immediately and receives some treatment. He is taken off the field and Jason Roy takes his place. Batsmen deal in singles after that. 8 from Raina’s final over. He finishes with 0 for 28.

  • 10:36 PM IST

    MI 82/2 in 10 overs, Target 154: Soni continues. FOUR! Full outside off and Rana smashes it over cover. Boundary off the first ball, pressure on the bowler. OUT! Rana misses the reverse sweep and is wrapped on the pads. The umpire raises his finger. Rana is dismissed for 19 off 16. Skipper Rohit Sharma is the new batsman. The snicko spots a spike when the ball passes Rana’s gloves. A tad unlucky to be given out. Good over, 6 runs and a wicket.

  • 10:31 PM IST

    MI 76/1 in 9 overs, Target 154: Raina bowls his 3rd over. He has controlled the batsmen really well. Bowls yet another tight over. MI are content with keeping wickets intact as they are well placed to win this match from here. Just 4 runs off this over.

  • 10:29 PM IST

    MI 72/1 in 8 overs, Target 154: Ankit Soni into the attack. Rana is slow off the blocks, but a dive saves him in the end. Huge appeal for caught behind. The umpire is unmoved. Karthik and Soni were convinced there was an edge. Nothing on the snicko. right call from the umpire. Parthiv brings up his fifty off 32 deliveries. Another good over from Soni, just 4 off it.

  • 10:21 PM IST

    MI 68/1 in 7 overs, Target 154: Raina continues. Just ones and twos from that over from Raina. MI need not do anything silly here. Parthiv has given them a great platform to win this game easily. 7 from that over eventually. time for the strategic time-out.

  • 10:18 PM IST

    MI 61/1 in 6 overs, Target 154: Andrew Tye into the attack. FOUR! Parthiv delicately guides it past the wicketkeeper. He is looking in excellent touch again. Tye smoked a few with bat in hand, now has to deliver with the ball as well. 9 from that over.

  • 10:15 PM IST

    MI 52/1 in 5 overs, Target 154: Suresh Raina brings himself on. MIX UP again. This time Parthiv is home. SIX! Nitish Rana sweeps and deposits over deep square leg. Good start to his innings. 50 up for MI. 9 runs from that over.

  • 10:11 PM IST

    MI 43/1 in 4 overs, Target 154: Leg-spinner Ankit Soni into the attack. He starts off really well, bowling to his field much to the delight of his captain. RUN OUT! Parthiv cuts, but the batsmen run on a misfield. And it’s Jos Buttler, who has to walk back for 9 off 7. In the end a good over for GL, just 3 runs and a wicket coming off it.

  • 10:05 PM IST

    MI 40/0 in 3 overs, Target 154: Irfan Pathan bowls his first over of IPL 2017. FOUR! Short and Parthiv pulls it way to deep square leg. SIX! A bit short again and this time Parthiv deposits it over the deep mid-wicket boundary. MI off to a lightening start. FOUR! MI guides the ball to the fine leg boundary to end the over. 16 off Irfan’s first over.

  • 10:01 PM IST

    MI 24/0 in 2 overs, Target 154: James Faulkner into the attack. FOUR! Parthiv hits it in the air, but just beats the man at mid-off. He is once again timing the ball well FOUR! Short and wide, Parthiv once again cuts well. The ball was partially stopped at backward point, but had enough legs to reach the fence. 11 from this over.

  • 9:57 PM IST

    MI 13/0 in 1 over, Target 154: Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler open the batting for MI. Basil Thampi gets the new ball. FOUR! Excellent start to the innings. Short and wide from Thampi and Parthiv cuts it over point. FOUR! Just a flick from Buttler and the ball races past the fielder at mid-on. FOUR to fine leg to end the over. Expensive first over from Thampi.

  • 9:53 PM IST

    GL somehow manage to scrape through to 153/9 in their 20 overs. Here’s Kaustubh Mayekar’s innings report: Pandya, Malinga help MI limit GL to 153 for 9

  • 9:38 PM IST

    GL 153/9 in 20 overs: McClenaghan bowls the final over of the innings. Ankit Soni and Basil Thampi are the two new batsmen. DROPPED! Nitish Rana drops an absolute sitter at point. McClenaghan is not amused. SIX! Soni smashes the last ball over long off to end the innings and GL have gone past 150!

  • 9:33 PM IST

    GL 144/9 in 19 overs: Bumrah bowls his final over. FOUR! Full outside off and Tye plays a beautiful square drive. Bumrah oversteps in the very next delivery. FREE HIT! NO BALL AGAIN! Another FREE HIT coming up! Two free hits cost just 2 runs. FOUR! Faulkner finds the gap between long on and deep mid-wicket. Vital runs these for GL. RUN OUT! Faulkner smashes one back, Bumrah holds on to it and Tye, who was backing up is run out by a mile. But he has played his part, smacking 25 off just 12. BOWLED HIM! Faulkner looks to sweep but misses and the ball crashes into this leg stump. 15 runs and a couple of wickets from that over.

  • 9:27 PM IST

    GL 129/7 in 18 overs: McClenaghan brought back into the attack. FOUR! Slow short ball from McClenaghan, Faulkner gives himself some room outside leg and whacks it away through covers. SIX! Short from McClenaghan again, but this time Tye pulls it over the deep square leg fence. SIX! Around the wicket and full on off. Tye swings his arms and hits the ball over the long off fence. Excellent over for GL. 19 from that over.