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Parthiv Patel comes good for Mumbai Indians, hits his first fifty in IPL 2017

Parthiv Patel’s fifty came off 32 balls and included six fours and one six as Mumbai Indians cruised in their chase against Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017

ipl 2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 20:13 IST
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Parthiv Patel of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during match 35 of the 2017 Indian Premier League against Gujarat Lions at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.(BCCI)

Parthiv Patel scored a brilliant half century to give Mumbai Indians a solid start as they chase the 153-run total set by Gujarat Lions in the 35th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Saturday. (GL v MI BLOG | SCORECARD)

Patel’s 50 came off 32 balls and included six fours and one six. It was his ninth half century in IPL.

On the eve of the match, Patel had said that he was batting well and it won’t take long before he converted the starts he has got in the tournament into big ones. He finally came good on Saturday, scoring his first half-century of this edition to make sure Mumbai Indians got a great start in chasing down Gujarat’s small but tricky total.

Patel started with a boundary from the first ball of the innings off the bowling of Basil Thampi and then never looked back.

He hit another two fours off Faulkner in the second over before taking Irfan Pathan to the cleaners in the third over of the match. The wicketkeeper-batsman hit 16 runs off that over to set himself and Mumbai Indians on their way.

He was eventually dismissed for 70 by James Faulkner.