After a fine bowling of Dwayne Bravo and Praveen Kumar captain Suresh Raina in their final league match win against Mumbai Indians by six wickets, reaching the top of the points table to cement his place in the play-offs.
Chasing a target of 173, Mumbai Raina’s 36-ball 58 with eight fours and two sixes scored. Besides Brendon McCullum (48) with 96 runs for the second wicket in just nine overs of Sakshedari Lions team which scored 173 for four in 17.5 overs managed to win. Dwayne Smith (37 not out off 23) and Ravindra Jadeja (21 not out off 15 balls) for the fifth wicket 51 runs in 5.3 overs the unbroken partnership.
Gujarat Lions reach in playoff
The winning team of the Lions 18 points with nine wins in 14 games and climbed to the top of the table is set to be in the top two. Mumbai team seven wins in 14 matches, 14 points and is almost out of the playoff race.
Before Bravo (two wickets for 22 runs) and Praveen Kumar (two wickets for 24 runs) between the bowling youngster Nitish Rana stormy half of Mumbai scored 172 for eight. Lions from Dwayne Smith (two wickets for 37 runs) and Dhaval Kulkarni (two wickets for 41 runs) by two wickets.
Mumbai had lost three wickets for 45 runs off 36 balls with seven fours and four after Rana sixes scored 70 plus Jos Buttler (33) and added 75 runs for the fourth wicket in 8.5 overs .
Chasing a target of Lions poor start. R Vinay Kumar off the second ball of the innings Aaron Finch (0) to be out lbw. Raina and McCullum then batted hectic. McCullum Bumrah Singh, opened with four off.Raina in his third over while Mitchell Maklenagn mark 18 runs with three fours and one six.
Pandya also welcomed Knal spinner McCullum with two fours and a six. Bumrah in the sixth over of the innings, Raina hit a four and a six, two fours, while McCullum’s 70 for the team scored a power play.