MUMBAI – Rashid Khan (4 wickets, 79 not out) was dwarfed by Surya Kumar Yadav’s (103 not out) blistering unbeaten century as Mumbai Indians won the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Gujarat Titans on Friday. Recorded a resounding victory by 27 runs.


Batting first, Mumbai posted a challenging score of 218 for five in reply to which Gujarat Titans could only manage 191 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs. At one point, Gujarat’s eight wickets had fallen for 103 runs and Mumbai’s victory was looking very easy but Rashid, who showed wonder with the ball, had the intention of doing something with the bat as well. By the time Rohit’s army realized the intention of the Afghan Pathan, the car had gone far ahead. Rashid created excitement in the match by hitting three fours and ten sixes in just 32 balls and looted the applause of the spectators present on the ground. However, they needed a few more overs to reach Mumbai’s mammoth score, which they were not allowed to do.

Dew did a good job in making Rashid’s job easy. Mumbai bowlers were seen wiping the ball after every delivery. Akash Madhwal took three wickets while Piyush Chawla and Kumar Kartikeya took two wickets each.

Earlier, at the Wankhede Stadium, Surya Kumar’s bat was seen biting the opposition bowlers. In front of Surya’s batting, the Gujarat bowlers were seen asking for water. Barring Rashid Khan (4/30), the charismatic Surya dismissed the remaining four bowlers. In his unbeaten century, Surya hit 11 fours and six sixes in just 49 balls. This was his first century of the current IPL season. Earlier, he played a blistering inning of 83 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on 9 May.

Captain Rohit Sharma (29) and Ishan Kishan (31) gave Mumbai an aggressive start but in the seventh over of the innings, Rashid created a stir in the host camp by sending both of them to the pavilion one after the other. Rashid strengthened Gujarat’s grip by taking the wicket of Nehal Badhera (15) in his very next over, although Surya Kumar, eyeing one end, created excitement by sharing a 65-run partnership with new batsman Vishnu Vinod (30). ), while in the final he dismissed Cameron (2) in three overs and put the team in the driving seat by adding 54 runs.

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