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IPL 2017 : Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions | Heroes and Zeroes

Mumbai Indians clinched a thrilling victory off the last over, thanks to some brilliance with the bat from Kieron Pollard, Nitish Rana and skipper Rohit Sharma.

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Let us take a look at the Heroes and Zeroes of the match.

 

Heroes

Brendon McCullum
The buccaneering opener showed his class with the bat as he smacked a half-century to take Gujarat Lions to a decent score. Losing his opening partner in the first over, McCullum totally was unfazed by what was going on at the other end and just spanked the Mumbai Indians bowling attack to all the corners of the ground. His 64 came off just 44 deliveries and his knock was studded with half a dozen boundaries and three maximums.

 

Nitish Rana
Just like their opponents, Mumbai Indians lost their opener, Parthiv Patel in the very first over for a duck. But Nitish Rana took the attack to the Gujarat Lions. He helped Buttler in stitching a big partnership and his knock came at a swift rate. His 85-run stand with the English wicket-keeper gave Mumbai Indians a fresh hope of victory after the early dismissal. The southpaw struck four boundaries and a couple of sixes and played the perfect anchor role. This is his third match-winning innings and he is proving a point. 

Kieron Pollard
Fresh from single-handedly leading Mumbai Indians to a victory in the last match, Pollard once again rescued Mumbai from the blushes. The all-rounder smacked 39 runs off just 23 balls and was involved in a fourth wicket stand which yielded 68 runs. The partnership took the match away from Gujarat Lions' grasp. He buccaneered his way by blasting a couple of boundaries and three massive sixes.

 

Zeroes
 

Lasith Malinga
The Sri Lankan talisman went for runs and couldn't find a way through McCullum in the initial stages of the match before getting the better of the Kiwi batsman. His four-over spell yielded as many as 51 runs and this was only the second instance where he has conceded over 50 runs in t20s, the first one being his spell in the 2012 World Cup finals. 

Ishan Kishan
Promoted ahead of Jason Roy, Ishan Kishan had a wonderful platform to showcase his brilliance. But to his dismay, the left-hander found it tough to score runs against the likes of McClenaghan and Harbhajan Singh. The former got his wicket and his promotion would've definitely cost his side the extra 10-15 runs.

Dwayne Smith
Having been dismissed for a duck, Dwayne Smith had a torrid game after conceding 12 runs off his solitary over. He was dismissed off the second ball of the innings and his countryman Kieron Pollard smacked him for a four and a six, which proved to be too costly. 

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