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IPL 2017, Highlights: Rana, Rohit take Mumbai Indians to top of the standings

Nitish Rana’s 36-ball 53 and fine knocks from skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard helped Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Lions by six wickets to move to top of the IPL 2017 standings. Suresh Raina’s men have now lost three of their first four matches. Catch full cricket score of Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions here

ipl 2017 Updated: Apr 17, 2017 00:21 IST
Sidharth Gulati
IPL 2017
Nitish Rana’s third fifty guided Mumbai Indians to a six-wicket win over Gujarat Lions in a 2017 Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede stadium. Get full cricket score of MI vs GL here (BCCI )

Mumbai Indians defeated Gujarat Lions by six wickets to seal their fourth straight win in 2017 Indian Premier League. Chasing a target of 177, Mumbai Indians lost Parthiv Patel early but Nitish Rana and Jos Buttler’s 85-run partnership put them well on course. With the departure of both batsmen in quick succession, things could have got a little tricky for the hosts but captain Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard’s 68-run stand completed an impressive win for MI. Earlier, Brendon McCullum’s 64 and Dinesh Karthik’s unbeaten 48 powered GL to 176/4. For MI, Mitchell McClenaghan took two wickets. Catch full cricket score of Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions at the Wankhede here. (SCORECARD | IPL 2017 Full coverage)

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19:42 hrs IST: Another double, and that’s it. Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Lions by six wickets to register their fourth straight win in IPL 2017.

19:40 hrs IST: Rohit snatches a double towards cover. Was a little tight at the non-striker’s end but Hardik made it in time.

19:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit..Rohit.... What a way to start the over. MI need 4 off 5.

19:37 hrs IST: Praveen to bowl the last over.

19:36 hrs IST: MI need 8 off 6 balls.

19:34 hrs IST: FOUR! This would release some pressure. Hardik’s first boundary.

19:32 hrs IST: WICKET! The Big Guy departs. Pollard c Jadeja b Tye 39(23). MI need 17 off 11.

19:30 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Thampi. Just six off it. MI need 17 off 12 balls.

19:26 hrs IST: Single for Rohit. MI need 23 off 18 balls.

19:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery from Tye and Pollards flicks it to the right of the fielder at long-on.

19:23 hrs IST: SIX! Not a death over delivery. Length and Pollard flat bats it straight over the bowler’s head.

19:19 hrs IST: MI need 36 off 24. Strategic time-out.

19:16 hrs IST: Surprising tactics from Raina. Brings in Smith, a part-timer, in the 15th over - and he gives away 12 runs. Wouldn’t Tye have been a better choice? MI need 45 off 30 balls.

19:10 hrs IST: 11 runs off Munaf’s last over. He finishes with figures of 1/35. MI need 58 off 36.

19:06 hrs IST: Great over from Thampi. Just five off it. MI need 71 off 42 balls.

19:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Beautiful from Rohit. Touch short, he waits for it and cuts it well in the gap between backward point and third man.

18:59 hrs IST: Pollard is next in. Can he repeat his last match (vs RCB) heroics?

18:57 hrs IST: OUT! Buttler c McCullum b Munaf 26(24). MI need 85 off 53.

18:52 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is in at No.4. He desperately needs some runs under his belt.

18:50 hrs IST: WICKET! Just the one GL wanted. Rana c Karthik b Tye 53(36). 6th scalp for the Australian in IPL 2017.

18:48 hrs IST: SIX! Overpitched from Jadeja and Buttler lofts it over long-on for a maximum. MI need 92 off 66.

18:46 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s fifty for Rana. What an innings from the 23-year-old! His 3rd in IPL. How costly will that drop from Jason Roy prove to be?

18:44 hrs IST: With wickets in hand, MI will surely fancy their chances from here on.

18:40 hrs IST: Seven runs off Jadeja’s first. MI are 63/1 after 7 overs.

18:35 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Rana. Moves to 34. MI ar 56/1 after 6 overs. Time-out.

18:34 hrs IST: SIX! Short ball and Rana pulls it hard in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg.

18:31 hrs IST: Here comes Andrew Tye. He took a hattrick on his IPL debut.

18:29 hrs IST: SIX! Slower delivery from Thampi, outside off, Rana lofts it over extra cover for a maximum. MI are 47/1 after 5 overs.

18:26 hrs IST: Decent start from Munaf. Seven runs. MI are 32/1 after 4 overs.

18:23 hrs IST: Munaf Patel, for the first time since 2013.

18:22 hrs IST: 11 runs off Praveen’s second. MI are 25/1 after 3 overs.

18:18 hrs IST: Four wides in a row from Praveen. Terrible bowling.

18:15 hrs IST: Praveen to continue.

18:14 hrs IST: Three runs off the last 3 balls. MI are 14/1 after 2 overs. Rana 11*, Buttler 1*

18:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish length from Thampi and Rana slaps it straight down the ground.

18:10 hrs IST: Thampi to share the new ball with Praveen.

18:09 hrs IST: Next up is Rana. MI are 6/1 after first over.

18:06 hrs IST: OUT! Good length delivery from Praveen, Parthiv looks to flick it through the on-side but gets a leading edge and Roy completes a good catch at backward point.

18:05 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel to take strike. Praveen Kumar to bowl the first over.

18:04 hrs IST: And it’s time for MI’s chase.

17:48 hrs IST: That’s it. GL finish on 176/4. Karthik remains unbeaten on 48. Can they stop MI from scoring that extra run? We’ll find out in a few minutes time.

17:44 hrs IST: FOUR! Roy again. Attempted yorker from Bumrah, Roy makes room and slashes it past mid-off. Shouldn’t he have been sent above Kishan?

17:42 hrs IST: SIX! What a colossal blow from Roy! Malinga misses the yorker and the England opener smashes it into the long-on stands. GL are 166/4 after 19 overs.

17:38 hrs IST: Malinga to bowl the penultimate over.

17:37 hrs IST: Dot ball to Roy. McClenaghan finishes with impressive figures of 4-0-24-2. GL are 154/4 after 18 overs.

17:34 hrs IST: OUT! Kishan c Krunal b McClenghan 11(14).

17:32 hrs IST: SIX! Short and outside off, it’s a slower one, Karthik pulls it over deep mid-wicket boundary.

17:30 hrs IST: FOUR! Another low full-toss from Bumrah and Karthik flicks it behind square leg. Another good over for GL. 19 runs off it. They are 145/3 after 17 overs.

17:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Low full-toss from Bumrah and Kishan swipes it away to wide fine-leg region for his first boundary.

17:27 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s a No-Ball too. Poor from Bumrah. Very important runs for the visitors.

17:25 hrs IST: Bumrah now.

17:21 hrs IST: Another good over from McClenghan. He has been really good. GL are 126/3 after 16 overs. Time-out.

17:16 hrs IST: Expensive over from Hardik. 15 runs off it. GL are 120/3 after 15 overs. Can they get to 180?

17:14 hrs IST: SIX! Well done DK! Short ball from Hardik and Karthik scoops it over fine-leg for a maximum.

17:11 hrs IST: Dot ball. GL are 105/3 after 14 overs.

17:09 hrs IST: FIVE-WIDES! Poor bowling from Malinga. Misses the leg stump by a margin. Don’t know what Mumbai Indians are appealing for.

17:08 hrs IST: Karthik at No. 5. Where is Jason Roy?

17:06 hrs IST: WICKET! And ‘Slinga’ Malinga strikes. Gets rid of McCullum (for 65), who looked well-set for a century.

17:03 hrs IST: Malinga comes in for his third over. He has been expensive today.

17:02 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for McCullum. Moves to 59. GL are 93/2 after 13 overs.

17:00 hrs IST: SIX! Juicy full-toss just below the waist (from Bumrah) and McCullum pummels it over backward square leg boundary.

16:54 hrs IST: Ishan Kishan is the next man in.

16:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Raina c Rohit b Harbhajan 28(29).

16:49 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for McCullum. His 12th in IPL. A well-matured innings from the former New Zealand skipper.

16:46 hrs IST: FOUR! Fifth boundary for McCullum. Moves to 47.

16:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Krunal, McCullum goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. GL are 67/1 after 9 overs.

16:41 hrs IST: Four runs off the last 4 balls. GL are 54/1 after 8 overs.

16:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Tossed up from Harbhajan and McCullum plays a slog-sweep through mid-wicket.

16:37 hrs IST: Good start from Krunal Pandya. Three runs off his first. GL are 49/1 after 7 overs.

16:32 hrs IST: GL are 46/1 after 6 overs. McCullum 29*, Raina 15*. It’s time-out.

16:29 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball, McCullum adjusts quickly and hammers it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

16:28 hrs IST: SIX! Short from Malinga, McCullum gives himself room and smacks it over point.

16:27 hrs IST: Malinga to bowl the last over of powerplay.

16:26 hrs IST: Two runs off the last delivery for B-Mac. GL are 31/1 after 5 overs.

16:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Bumrah, McCullum comes down the track and smashes it straight down the ground.

16:23 hrs IST: Bumrah comes in.

16:22 hrs IST: Excellent start from the offie. Just three singles. MI need more of these. GL are 24/1 after 4 overs.

16:19 hrs IST: Harbhajan now, from around the wicket to Raina.

16:18 hrs IST: Decent over from McClenghan. Six off it. GL are 21/1 after 3 overs.

16:14 hrs IST: Single for McCullum. GL are 15/1 after 2 overs.

16:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Free-Hit. Half-volley from Malinga, Raina gets down on one knee and drives it past the fielder at extra cover.

16:11 hrs IST: FOUR! And that’s also a No-Ball. Straying down leg and Raina tucks it to fine-leg boundary.

16:08 hrs IST: Malinga from the other end.

16:07 hrs IST: Tidy start from McClenaghan. Three runs and a wicket.

16:05 hrs IST: Raina is in at No. 3.

16:04 hrs IST: OUT! McClenaghan strikes. Short and wide, Smith looks to slash it hard over backward point but instead find Rana, who completes a good jumping catch.

16:01 hrs IST: The New Zealander starts off with a wide.

15:59 hrs IST: And we are underway. McCullum and Smith to open for GL. McClenaghan to start the proceedings for the hosts. He has five wickets in 4 matches so far.

STAT ATTACK - Suresh Raina has won four Man of the Match awards against Mumbai Indians.

15:40 hrs IST: Munaf Patel, who last played an IPL game in 2013 (for MI), returns to the cash-rich league.

15:33 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:

GL: Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Jason Roy, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(wk), Ishan Kishan, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Basil Thampi, Munaf Patel

MI: Parthiv Patel(wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma(c), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

15:31 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to field.

15:25 hrs IST: Toss in a short while.

15:19 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma’s MI have started this season on a strong note, winning three of their first four matches. Now they’re up against a side, which lost their first two matches comprehensively but registered a thrashing win over Rising Pune Supergiant earlier this week.

15:15 hrs IST: Good afternoon peeps! A warm welcome to our live coverage of game 16 of IPL 2017 between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions.

Suresh Raina’s side head into the Wankhede stadium high on confidence after notching up their first win in the 2017 edition. They will also be buoyed by the fact that they have never lost to Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma’s team will be pleased with the depth they possess in their batting after Kieron Pollard’s magnificent 70 helped the team stage a dramatic recovery and win against Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the likes of Hardik and Krunal Pandya in the lower order, Mumbai Indians will be banking on a good start from an inconsistent top order.

Gujarat Lions have aggressive batters at the top and their bowling has been boosted by the performance of Andrew Tye, who picked up a five-wicket haul and a hat-trick on IPL debut. Currently, Mumbai Indians are in second position in the points table and they will be determined to break their duck against the Gujarat Lions.