IN PICS: Rana and Pandya pull off stunning MI win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 3:45
Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Gujarat Lions whereas Mumbai Indians wll face Kolkata Knight Riders in their respective Indian Premier League fixtures (IPL) fixtures on Sunday.
Rana smashed 50 off 29 balls before Pandya came up with a 29-run cameo off 11 balls to seal a thrilling four wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
Jasprit Bumrah was hit for two successive fours by Gambhir while McClenaghan too was expensive and it was Krunal who arrested the Knight Riders progress with a double strike in the fifth over of the innings that packed off Gambhir (19) and one-down Robin Uthappa (4).
Manish Pandey show: With KKR batting blowing hot and cold, one of the batsmen was needed to step up and deliver. Towards the end of the innings, Pandey turned up the heat on Mumbai bowlers, collecting as many as 33 runs off the last two overs all by himself.
Warner faced 45 balls, hitting six fours and finished off the run-chase with his fourth six. The New Zealander also bowled a no ball and a wide, to complicate matters, as KKR struck 23 runs in the last over, taking their total to a competitive 178-7. However, the left-arm spin of Krunal Pandya broke the stand as Gambhir attempted a slog sweep over square leg only to find the bucket-like hands of Mitchell McClenaghan.
Rana eased some of the pressure on the Mumbai Indians, with a few big hits in the 18th and the 19th over, but was soon dismissed by Rajpoot. Ankit Rajpoot, who had a good game until then, bore the brunt in the penultimate over as the youngster improvised to scoop the ball over the ropes. While Lynn called in for assistance from the dugout, Buttler and Parthiv Patel did not take more than two runs as the ball rolled on but stopped near the ropes.
The dubious dismissal: Four of Rohit Sharma's last five innings against KKR have yielded half-centuries so he was a key wicket for the opposition to get, but Sunil Narine got the big wicket thanks to a questionable LBW decision going against the Mumbai skipper.
Gambhir praised Rana and Pandya for their knocks as their 41-ball partnership off 14 balls powered Mumbai to win. At one point the hosts were reeling at 119 for 5 when Hardik Pandya joined Nitish Rana in the middle.
Mumbai Indians signed Nitish Rana at the 2015 IPL auction, but it took him until the final third of the 2016 season to get a look-in. He scored 29 runs off 11 balls with two sixes and three fourses.
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