If there’s one thing that has been constant in this Indian Premier League, it’s that whenever the Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians play different matches on the same day, they both end up winning their respective games. The two times they have played against each other, RPS have beaten MI.
Hence, it is safe to say that the Mumbai Indians playing on the same day is a function of Rising Pune Supergiant winning that day.
Yesterday, in the first match of the day, RPS beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a massive margin of 61 runs. The
star batting line-up of RCB failed again as they were stranded for 96-9 at the end of 20 overs. Virat Kohli, who scored a half-century, was the only batsman from the visitors to get to a double figure score.
Rahul Tripathi, Steve Smith, Manoj Tiwari and MS Dhoni contributed in taking the RPS score to a fighting 157/3 in the first innings.
The second match of the witnessed the first super over of IPL 2017 and seventh of the IPL overall. Thanks to some electric fielding by the Gujarat Lions, Mumbai Indians went from 80/1 to 153 all out. Two direct hits from Ravindra Jadeja in the last over set up the super over.
James Faulkner then bowled pretty well, taking 2 wickets and giving away only 11 runs. Jasprit Bumrah however, was the show stopper yesterday and bowled an impeccable over to two of the most destructive batsmen in the world, Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch.
They could make only 6 runs in their super over, just two of them off the bat. Bumrah bowled a no-ball and a wide in the over, and yet managed to take his team over the line with some fiery yorkers and sensational slower balls.
Let us look at the leading run scorers and wicket takers after Gujarat Lions vs Mumbai Indians.
Leading run scorers –
|1||Gautam Gambhir |
|2||David Warner |
|3||Robin Uthappa |
|4||Steve Smith |
|5||Shikhar Dhawan |
|6||Suresh Raina |
|7||Hashim Amla |
|8||Nitish Rana |
|9||Sanju Samson |
|10||Brendon McCullum |
Leading wicket takers –
|Position||Player||Matches||Wickets||Overs||Runs||5 Wickets||Economy||Best Figures|
|1||Bhuvneshwar Kumar |
|8||18||32||0||203||6.34||5 for 19|
|2||Imran Tahir |
|9||13||35||0||282||8.06||3 for 18|
|3||Andrew Tye |
|6||12||21||0||141||6.71||5 for 17|
|4||Mitchell McClenaghan |
|9||12||36||0||329||9.14||3 for 24|
|5||Chris Morris |
|7||12||25||0||191||7.64||4 for 26|
|6||Jasprit Bumrah |
|9||11||36||0||288||8||3 for 24|
|7||Nathan Coulter-Nile |
|4||11||14.2||0||118||8.23||3 for 21|
|8||Rashid Khan |
|8||11||32||0||211||6.59||3 for 19|
|9||Chris Woakes |
|9||10||28||0||263||9.39||3 for 6|
|10||Yuzvendra Chahal |
|9||10||28.3||0||213||7.47||3 for 16|
Gautam Gambhir is 43 runs ahead of David Warner in the orange cap race and the one who does well today in KKR vs SRH will automatically get the orange cap. Robin Uthappa too has a chance of making it to the top today. He is just 2 runs behind Warner.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar will also get a chance of increasing his lead over other bowlers today. Imran Tahir’s 3 wickets yesterday have helped him jump 7 places to the second spot. Chris Morris, Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile have games today and all of them can try and get as close to Kumar as possible to try and get a shot at the purple cap.
Let’s look at the points table now.
Points table –
|Position||Team||Played||Won||Lost||No Result||Net Run Rate||Points||Last Result||Next Opponent|
|1||Kolkata Knight Riders||9||7||2||0||1.223||14||Beat DD by 7 wickets||SRH|
|2||Mumbai Indians||9||7||2||0||0.451||14||Beat GL in super-over||RCB|
|3||Sunrisers Hyderabad||9||5||3||1||0.588||11||Beat KXIP by 26 runs||KKR|
|4||Rising Pune Supergiant||9||5||4||0||-0.24||10||Beat RCB by 61 runs||GL|
|5||Gujarat Lions||9||3||6||0||-0.318||6||Lost to MI in super-over||RPS|
|6||Kings XI Punjab||8||3||5||0||-0.448||6||Lost to SRH by 26 runs||DD|
|7||Royal Challengers Bangalore||10||2||7||1||-1.578||5||Lost to RPS by 61 runs||KKR|
|8||Delhi Daredevils||7||2||5||0||0.514||4||Lost to KKR by 7 wickets||KXIP|