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Gujarat Lions v Mumbai Indians, IPL: GL were 30-40 runs short, says Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina, Gujarat Lions captain, has rued significant contribution from batsmen after his side suffered a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians on Saturday. The match went till the super over and it was Jasprit Bumrah’s brilliance that helped MI consolidate their second spot in IPL 2017 standings.

ipl-2017 Updated: May 11, 2017 20:13 IST
HT Correspondent
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Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics helped Mumbai Indians clinch super over thriller vs Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions on Saturday.
Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics helped Mumbai Indians clinch super over thriller vs Suresh Raina-led Gujarat Lions on Saturday.(BCCI )

When Ravindra Jadeja uprooted the stumps at the batsman’s end to deny Mumbai Indians a run off the last ball, the entire Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium could be seen erupting in joy as Gujarat Lions managed to tie the match and force it to go into a super over.

(Read | Jasprit Bumrah hands Mumbai Indians super over win vs Gujarat Lions in IPL 2017)

James Faulkner gave away 11 off the super over but despite sending Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum out in the middle, Gujarat Lions could only manage to score six; with Jasprit Bumrah bowling a gem of an over to keep the explosive batsmen in check.

(Read | IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions’ Ishan Kishan rues throwing away wicket vs Mumbai Indians)

Gujarat Lions captain Suresh Raina admitted that it was a bit of misfortune on their part as his batsmen failed to hit a single boundary in the super over, which he felt created the difference. “Honestly I think we didn’t put even score on the board; were 30-40 runs short but we bowled really well,” Raina told former Zimbabwe fast bowler Pommie Mbangwa at the post-match ceremony. “Credit goes to our bowlers as well, but it’s that one hit away and we didn’t have that in the super over and thus ended on the losing side.”

Raina also praised Bumrah, who justified his credentials as a death-overs specialist with that miserly over although he had overstepped and bowled a wide ball as well. “It has been a very entertaining game for the crowd, for each and every player and shows the quality of the IPL. Bumrah bowled a really good over. I mean with just 12 to get, he bowled Yorkers and reverse-swingers and you can’t do much about it,” Raina added.

(Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s super birthday present for Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma)

Rajkot has been a good venue for bating so far with an average of 188 being scored in four matches by teams batting first before Saturday’s game. While the first two matches were won by teams batting second, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab reversed that trend in the last two matches. Raina justified his decision to bat first after winning the toss.

“I think the wicket was slow. We tried pretty hard, which is the reason why we lost a few wickets up front but I still feel we bowled pretty well,” he said. “We didn’t have AJ (Andrew Tye) after the 10th over but still Jimmy (James Faulkner), Basil (Thammpi), (Ravindra) Jadeja, myself ad especially (Ankit) Soni, I think we came back pretty strongly but credit goes to Mumbai Indians. I think they played really well.”

First Published: Apr 30, 2017 16:37 IST