Nitish Rana top scored for Mumbai Indians © AFP
Nitish Rana top scored for Mumbai Indians © AFP

Mumbai Indians reached a total of 172 for 8 against Gujarat Lions (GL) in match 54 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 helped by Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana fourth wicket stand of 75. Rana brought up his first-ever IPL fifty in just 28 balls with a boundary. Both Buttler and Rana came in when Mumbai were 45 for 3 in just 5 overs. Rana scored the bulk of the runs as Buttler milked the bowlers all round Green Park.Buttler departed to a brilliant catch and bowl by Dwayne Bravo, making 33 from 31 balls. Rana continued to make merry against the Lions making 70.  Live Cricket Scorecard: Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2016, Match 54 at Kanpur

Mumbai Indians got off to a poor start losing their skipper Rohit Sharma on 30 off 17 balls to Dhaval Kulkarni, trying to hook only managing to get ball to the fine-leg keeper. Martin Guptill could not showcase his batting prowess this time, getting out to Dwayne Smith on 7. Smith was again in the thick of things picking up Krunal Pandya in the same over. Pandya made on 4 runs. Pollard could not add much to the score getting out on 4, becoming Kulkarni’s second wicket. It was GL’s economical final overs display by Bravo and Kulkarni, to Bravo’s credit he gave only 6 runs in the 19th over. Praveen Kumar bowling the final over picked up Harbhajan Singh’s wicket giving away just 6 runs in the process.  Live Cricket Score GL vs MI, IPL 2016, Match 54 at Kanpur

Suresh Raina won the toss for Gujarat Lions decided to bowl first and put Mumbai Indians into bat first on a green top in Kanpur. Lions fielded an unchanged side while Mumbai Indians replaced injured Ambati Rayudu by Hardik Pandya.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 172 for 8 (Nitish Rana 70 , Jos Buttler 33 ; Dwayne Bravo 2 for 22) vs Gujarat Lions

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime, and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @capturethecatch )