Suresh Raina is named the Man of the Match.
IPL 2016, MI vs GL as it happened: Lions thump Mumbai to roar into the play-offs
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That's it! Gujarat Lions becomes the first team to cruise into the play-offs of IPL 9.
A clinical performance from the Lions. They did well to pull back at the end and restrict Mumbai to 172/8. McCullum and Raina then came out firing on all cylinders and took the game away from Mumbai. Smith played a cameo to finish it off. The Lions pacers and medium pacers were pretty impressive and scalped all 8 wickets among them.
After 16 overs, Gujarat Lions 157/4 ( Dwayne Smith 34 , Ravindra Jadeja 9)
Gujarat Lions running away with this now. Raina departs in the 13th over but Smith's counter-attack has put the Lions in command. He thumps one over Bumrah for a four, then clobbers one over deep square leg for a six. He then takes on McClenaghan and hammers him for a four through square leg. Next up his Hardik Pandya as he thumps one through mid off. He's raced on to 34 off 20. Jadeja too has a couple of fours. 16 needed just off 24.
OUT! Bumrah gets the big one. The set Raina departs. S Raina c Buttler b Bumrah 58 (36b 8x4 2x6)
Good length delivery on middle and leg, Raina looks ot flick but is early into the shot. Ends up getting a top edge and Buttler takes a well-judged catch.
Ravindra Jadeja is the new batsman.
After 12 overs, Gujarat Lions 121/3 ( Suresh Raina 58 , Dwayne Smith 8)
Gujarat Lions have lost a couple of quick wickets but are still going well. Raina is looking in good touch. He hammered a couple of fours off Vinay Kumar. Smith then clobbered one over deep square leg for a huge six. 25 runs and two wickets in the last three overs.
OUT! Harbhajan finally provides some relief.
It's the top spinner, McCullum goes for a wild swing but misses. The ball clips the top of stumps. The umpires are unsure whether it is an appeal for a stumping or bowled. They refer it to 3rd umpire and replays show it indeed clipped the top of middle.
Dinesh Karthik is the new batsman.
Preview: Faced with a must-win situation for a berth in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2016) play-offs, Mumbai Indians will have their task cut out in their last league encounter, when they face Gujarat Lions here on Saturday.
Placed at the fifth spot with seven wins from 13 matches, the defending champions are locked on 14 points with Royal Challengers Bangalore (3rd) and Kolkata Knight Riders (4th), only to sit behind due to a low run-rate.
On the other hand, having won their previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), second-placed Gujarat Lions will aim to seal their play-off berth with a win.
Going into Saturday's tie at the Green Park Stadium, Mumbai will once again hope for a solid batting performance from the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Keiron Pollard and Krunal Pandya.
Krunal, who blasted a 37-ball 86 to help Mumbai thrash Delhi Daredevils by 80 runs in their previous outing, will once again hope for a repeat of his swashbuckling form.
Pollard and England's Jos Buttler are also in good nick and Mumbai will expect the duo's fireworks in the middle order.
The bowling department boasts of New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan, who with 17 wickets in 13 matches, remains the top wicket-taker this edition. He has been supported well by Jasprit Bumrah with 14 scalps. Tim Southee and Hardik Pandya have also been impressive.
Meanwhile, after a great outing in their adopted home ground against KKR, the Lions would want to repeat their show to stay in the hunt.
The batting will centre around Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum and stumper Dinesh Karthik while skipper Suresh Raina will be aiming to continue from where he left against KKR. Raina's unbeaten 53 took the game away from Gautam Gambhir's side by six wickets on Thursday.
The middle order boasts of Australian stroke-maker Aaron Finch and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who can tear apart any bowling attack on their day.
Gujarat's bowling has the much-needed variety with chinaman Shivil Kaushik and leg-spinner Pravin Tambe while the pace battery led by Praveen Kumar and Dhawal Kulkarni will surely test the Mumbai batters.
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Jadeja hit a brisk 8-ball 22 to provide crucial late surge and also bowled a brilliant spell of 4-0-21-1 to help CSK edge KKR.