Mumbai Indians gave a apt gift to their captain Rohit Sharma on his birthday.
Excellent bowling buy Jasprit Bumrah in the Super Over saw Mumbai Indians edge out a Gujarat Lions in a thrilling Indian Premier League encounter on Saturday.
Chasing a moderate target of 153 runs, Mumbai were off to a good start before some excellent bowling by young pacer Basil Thampi and excellent fielding by Gujarat saw then lose six wickets in the last four overs to leave the scores tied.
Kieron Pollard gave Mumbai a promising start in the Super Over, hitting James Faulkner for a boundary to long-off and a six over long-on off consecutive balls.
#MIcam@ImRo45's birthday + a trilling win = double celebrations!#CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/o9G2JsDKya— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 30, 2017
Bumrah conceded a no-ball in the first ball but prevented Brendon McCullum from making use of the free hit with a good delivery even as the Kiwi star mistimed his shot. The next ball was wide but Bumrah made a comeback with another good delivery that was dot ball. The next ball was full and slightly outside the off-stump. McCumllum was unable to connect but ran a bye even as the ball travelled to the wicket-keeper.
Bumrah then produced another couple of excellent deliveries to leave Gujarat needing seven runs off the last ball.
The last ball only produced a single as the host fell six runs short of the target.
"A good birthday present." Mumbai Indians captain and birthday boy Rohit Sharma said after the thrilling victory.
"One of the best games I've ever played!"MOTM, @krunalpandya24 is happy to have played a crucial role in a tight game.#CricketMeriJaan pic.twitter.com/DzItoygcPt— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 30, 2017
"First time part of the Super Over, something new for us. We got a good start, wicket was always going to get slower. Gujarat stuck to their plans and kept us guessing. Hats off to Krunal to be there, and finish, not finish the game, but hang around. We never had long partnerships going. Previous game doesn't matter too much. We never expected wicket to be so slow. Momentum plays a crucial part in this format. We've got great talent and about playing to our potential," he said.
Here's how cricketers all around the globe wished Rohit on his 30th birthday:
Happy Birthday Talent ka Bhandaar @ImRo45 . One of the best players to watch when in full flow. pic.twitter.com/d3oP1IuWaB— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 30, 2017
Happy birthday hitman @ImRo45! Hit all worries out of the park and stay happy always. God bless — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 30, 2017
His 264 is the highest ever individual ODI score - Happy Birthday, Rohit Sharma! pic.twitter.com/588kU5qSg6— ICC (@ICC) April 30, 2017
Happy Birthday India's HITMAN @ImRo45 May you keep striking them clean as a whistle pic.twitter.com/GWjK4fO522— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 30, 2017
Many many happy returns of the day brother @ImRo45 .May u achieve lots of success n may god bless you with lots of happiness.Kha le chal pic.twitter.com/EDKTpic2SO— Dhawal Kulkarni (@dhawal_kulkarni) April 30, 2017
hitman it's ur bday @ImRo45 Lots of love and best wishes brothaman heyya I hope @ritssajdeh will put some cake on those cute cheeks— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 30, 2017