ESPNcricinfo Commentary: Gujarat Lions Edge Mumbai Indians
Praveen Kumar walks out, has a little chat with Finch and would ditch it all the first fuller ball he gets. Has a reputation of being a six-hitter
dsk: “Faulkner cant even hit length balls. Old faulkner would have finished the match well before.”
Dhawal Kulkarni, who had a fine time with the ball, is in at No. 9. Tension builds all over again.
End of over 19 (2 runs) Gujarat Lions 133/7 (11 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 11.00)
- AJ Finch 58 (50b 6×4 1×6)
- DS Kulkarni 1 (1b)
- MJ McClenaghan 4-0-21-4
- JJ Bumrah 3-0-18-2
Bumrah to bowl the final over, Lions need 11
Third man back, Short fine leg is up. Deep square leg is back. Long-off is up
Four off three now! Rohit chats with Bumrah, Kulkarni chats with Finch.
supriya : “anyone betting on a super over?”
Three from two. Finch on strike, and is he good enough even with that dodgy hamstring?
One off one. Finch has a smile on his face. Practices a slide off the wide yorker. Mumbai still in discussion. Rohit, Pandya, Pollard and Bumrah deciding. Third man and point up. Short cover up as well
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Third consecutive Man of the Match award for Finch. “Started to cramp in my calf, Think it was just cramp. Feel good, feel like I’m batting nicely. Want to continue. It was nice to finally get us home over the line. Last three games I got us into a reasonably position to win the game. I try to take it upon myself to bat right through. Having batted for 20 overs and playing around the world, I can probably stay calmer than a No. 9 but Kulkarni hit that four through mid-off and took the pressure off me. With the ball too he was outstanding along with Praveen. They took us for a few runs in the end overs, but that would have always happened.”
“Its good place to play cricket, specially againts Mumbai, they are tough to beat in Wankhede. Finch and Baz started well and before that the bowlers executed the plans really well,” Suresh Raina says, “When they score 140, I think low scoring matches are difficult to chase. When the ball was doing something, someone needed to stay there with Finch. Nobody did, that was credit to Mumbai. Finchy stayed calm though. Kulkarni batted and bowled well too. When you have Bravo, Faulkner, Praveen, Jakati there, you always believe. Its good [Finch’s hamstring injury]. It must be cramp. He just told me, heopfully it is not serious”
“We have to swallow defeat,” Rohit says. “We can’t afford to do that. We let ourselves down with the bat. I thought our bowlers did a pretty good job. It could have gone either way, but that’s how this game is. Not where we would have liked to be. Not surprised by Wankhede. Generally it plays pretty good. As I said, we didn’t bat well. Dew came in later and the ball stopped swinging. If we had got 150-160 we would have been in the game. Mitchell bowled really well to get us back. We’ve never doubted the crowd’s support. We have to bat well. We have let ourselves down with the bat twice now. It gets hard when you lose too many wickets in the early overs”
Takes the high-fives, hugs and pads on the back from his team-mates and the support staff. Finch was relatively subdued at the start of the innings, and he could be so with only 144 to chase. He just had to stay there and he did just that, despite a little trouble with his hamstring. Mumbai roared back in the final few overs, especially via Mitchell McClenaghan’s 19th over where he took two wickets and gave away only two runs. But his 4 for 21 wasn’t enough.
Dibbu: “Is it the first time that anyone has played the first ball of the first over and last ball of the last over in a match? Was rooting for MI, but great knock by Finch.”
malli: “When number 9 is playing you should back of length ball as he will be wildly swinging the bat..! Bumrah missed a trick there!” —– How things have changed. At one time, you would have said look for the blockhole against he tailender
End of over 20 (14 runs) Gujarat Lions 147/7
- AJ Finch 67 (54b 7×4 1×6)
- DS Kulkarni 6 (3b 1×4)
- JJ Bumrah 4-0-32-2
- MJ McClenaghan 4-0-21-4