Our Afghan superstar smashed a blazing half-century and returned with four wickets.
Not often do we see a player scoring 79 runs and taking four wickets in the same match, but Rashid Khan’s delirious all-round performance had Wankhede on their feet. However, it wasn’t our night as we fell short by 27 runs.
Mumbai Indians got off to a good start, scoring at a healthy rate in the powerplay overs. Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan added a 50-run partnership in quick succession, but right after the field-restricted overs, Rashid Khan struck lightning twice in one over.
He first dismissed Rohit Sharma with a terrific leg-break, which induced an edge and Rahul Tewatia gobbled up a simple catch. Ishan Kishan was trapped in front of the stumps a few balls later. However, Mumbai kept going strong with Suryakumar Yadav and Nehal Wadhera collecting boundaries regularly.
After Rashid got the better of Wadhera in his third over, Vishnu Vinod and Suryakumar added 65 runs for the fourth wicket. Towards the end, Suryakumar produced a terrific finish and completed his century, as Mumbai Indians scored 218 for five in 20 overs.
Rashid Khan returned in the death overs to pick up a fourth wicket, but it wasn’t the best of days for the bowling department.
It is never easy to chase a target like this and we did not get the ideal start. Our openers departed early on and Mumbai continued to pile on the pressure. Vijay Shankar played some delightful shots and continued his rich vein of form, but in an attempt to up the ante further, he too fell prey to the situation.
The onus fell on David Miller and Rahul Tewatia to pull off a miraculous comeback, and the duo got a good start. Miller especially, was at his quintessential best, clearing his front leg and the boundary with ease. He made a quickfire 41 off 26 deliveries, but the task in hand was too difficult.
After Akash Madhwal took the wicket of Miller, Tewatia fell almost immediately as well. Rashid Khan, however, ensured we did not go down without a fight. Our Afghan superstar kept smashing the ball to all parts despite wickets falling at the other end.
He completed a terrific half-century off only 21 balls, also completing 2,000 runs in T20 cricket in the process. The leg-spinner once again proved his immense worth in T20 cricket, playing some delightful shots although the game was well out of hand.
He ended up registering the highest individual score for a No. 8 batter in TATA IPL, scoring 79 off 32 balls, which included three fours and 10 massive sixes and added an 88-run partnership with Alzarri Joseph. We finished with 191 for eight in 20 overs but maintained our top spot.
Mumbai Indians 218/5 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 103*, Rashid Khan 4/30) beat Gujarat Titans 191/8 in 20 overs (Rashid Khan 79*, Akash Madhwal 3/31)