Gujarat Lions hold Mumbai Indians to 143/8 in IPL

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Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Gujarat Lions produced a splendid bowling performance to restrict Mumbai Indians to 143/8 in 20 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Saturday.

Opener Parthiv Patel (34) was the top scorer for Mumbai.

For Lions, Pravin Tambe (2-12), Dhawal Kulkarni (2-19) and Dwayne Bravo (2-39) were the pick of the bowlers.

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians lost skipper Rohit Sharma (7) cheaply in the second over itself to have the hosts on the back foot.

Hardik Pandya (2), who was yet again sent into bat at number three, failed to make an impact.

Trying to pull a short slower ball, he was caught by Shadab Jakati in short square leg to hand Dhawal Kulkarni his second wicket. Mumbai were struggling at 19/2 in 3.3 overs.

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However, Rohit’s opening partner Parthiv and incoming batsman Jos Buttler (16) held on to help the team reach 31 for the loss of two wickets in the powerplay.

But as Buttler was looking set after striking three boundaries, his stay at the crease was cut short by off-spinner Jakati as the Englishman was stumped easily by Dinesh Karthik to have the team at 51/3 in the ninth over.

The home side failed to stop their wickets tumbling at regular intervals as Parthiv who held on at one end, ran out of partners.

Kieron Pollard (1) too continued his struggle to get back among the runs. Trying to hit one over long on for six, he was caught just inside the rope by Dwayne Bravo off the bowling of Pravin Tambe to have the team tottering at 59/4 in the 11th over.

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Parthiv was the lone warrior for the side as he struck two boundaries and two sixes to help the team cross the 70-run mark.

But after his dismissal in the 13th over, Harbhajan Singh (8), Ambati Rayudu (20) all fell in quick succession.

Tim Southee (25) and Krunal Pandya (20 not out) piled on some useful runs in the death overs with a couple of boundaries to help the team cross 140.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 143/8 in 20 overs (Parthiv Patel 34; Pravin Tambe 2-12, Dhawal Kulkarni 2-19, Dwayne Bravo 2-39) vs Gujarat Lions

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