Well, what a game. This felt like a kid in her/his first roller coaster ride as Mumbai versus Gujarat provided us with the first Super Over of the Indian Premier League 2017.
Gujarat Lions won the toss and opted to bat first, but couldn’t put up the total they liked. However, they managed to crawl to 153 in their 20 overs. In response, Mumbai Indians made a flying start to their innings, but lost their way soon after. In the end, some special fielding from the Lions halted the Indians, resulting in a Super Over.
Jasprit Bumrah’s insane bowling in the Super Over denied Gujarat Lions a great comeback. Here are 5 memorable moments from the match that don't fade away, quite like the Axe Signature range of body perfumes.
#1 Ishan Kishan surprise
Gujarat Lions are among those teams in this year’s Indian Premier League that are yet to find the right opening pair. In their desperation for stability, they placed their hopes on Ishan Kishan to partner Brendon McCullum at the top.
It didn’t work out in the last game as he could only manage 16 runs, but we saw a glimpse of his talent against the Mumbai Indians. Against the Rohit Sharma-led side, he scored 48 runs off just 35 balls, hitting six boundaries and two sixes in the process.
#2 Andrew Tye blast
After a good start from Ishan Kishan, the rest of the batsmen just squandered the opportunity. The scores of the next four batsmen – Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik – read 6, 1, 0 and 2.
These are the four best batsmen for the Lions, but all they could conjure was a cat’s meow. In the end, a slog from an unlikely figure added 20 more runs to the Lions’ total. Andrew Tye, who has been sensational with the ball this season, scored 25 runs from only 12 balls and that helped his team cross the 150-run barrier.
#3 Krunal Pandya’s input
The Pandya brothers have been an asset for the Mumbai Indians team for quite a while now. In almost every Mumbai game, at least one of the two does a commendable job. Against the Lions, it was Krunal’s turn to get one over his brother – and he did it in a splendid fashion.
Taking the wickets of Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja and Irfan Pathan, Krunal Pandya finished his spell of 4 overs by giving away only 14 runs. He also played a handy innings with the bat, scoring 29 runs in 20 balls that helped Mumbai tie the game and then win it in the super over eventually.
#4 Patel power
One of the best strategies to chase in a T20 game is to attack from ball one, regardless of what the score is. And it seems as though Parthiv Patel is a student of that school of thought. Despite the fact that the target was only 154, Parthiv was at his rampant best as he came to open the innings for the Mumbai Indians.
His innings consisted of 9 boundaries and a six as he went on to make 70 runs in just 44 balls. He made the lion’s share of the runs which helped his side get close to the target.
#5 The direct hits from Gujarat Lions
They might have lost the game in the Super Over, but taking the game to the Super Over was praiseworthy in itself since, at one point, Mumbai Indians were running away with things.
While the likes of Basil Thampi and James Faulkner bowled well, their fielding was what stood out for them. Over the course of the game, they successfully executed five direct hits, four of which resulted in run outs.
In the final over of Mumbai’s innings, two direct hits denied Mumbai the win and ensured the Lions at least made it to a Super Over.