Mumbai, Apr 16: Nitish Rana’s 53 off 36 balls and his 85 run stand with Jos Buttler for the second wicket helped Mumbai Indians beat Gujarat Lions by six wickets in the match 16 of the Vivo Indian Premier League here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Skipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten (40 of 29 balls) and Kieron Pollard’s (39 of 23 balls) gave finishing touches to Mumbai’s chase after the departure of Nitish and Butler.
Earlier, Brendon McCullum’s quickfire 64 and Dinesh Karthik’s cameo provided the late flourish as Gujarat Lions scored a competitive 176 for 4 batting first.
Statistical highlights of Match 16
- Dwayne Smith made his 25th duck in Twenty20 cricket – most by any batsman. He went ahead of Umar Akmal’s tally of 24.
- 51 Runs conceded by Lasith Malinga in Gujarat Lions innings – most he has ever conceded in an IPL match.
- 7 Number of consecutive IPL matches at Wankhede Stadium won by side batting second.
Gujarat Lions 176/4 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 64, Dinesh Karthik 48*, Mitchell McClenaghan 2 for 24) lost to Mumbai Indians 177/4 in 19.3 overs (Nitish Rana 53, Rohit Sharma 40*, Kieron Pollard 39, Andrew Tye 2 for 34) by 6 wickets.
Man of the Match: Nitish Rana