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Reliving Finch’s 67*(54) vs MI

We are reliving some of the best batting performances of the ongoing IPL. Today we have The Gujarat Lions opener Finch’s ice cool innings against Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians posted 143-8 with the help of late burst from Tim Southee 25(11) and Krunal Pandya 20*(11). After the first innings, Gujarat Lions were the clear favourites to win the match considering the modest total and form of the new IPL franchise.

After losing McCullum early, Aaron Finch and the skipper Suresh Raina put a 53 run partnership and it looked like an easy win on the cards. McClenaghan got rid of Raina in the 9th over.That was the breakthrough Mumbai Indians were looking for. And they capitalized the opportunity by picking up wickets on regular intervals that put a brake on the scoring rate.

Finch was going really well at one end but he kept losing partners at the other end. Lions went to 131-7 from 65-1. 13 needed from 8. Raina is not smiling at all. Mumbai smell a victory here.

Finch was cramping(He had an ACL surgery a few months ago). All eyes on Finch. Can he do it with a limping foot?

Yes, he did. He kept his cool and helped his team to a last-ball thriller by hitting a four in the final ball.

An open letter to Malinga

Dear Malinga,

I know you have been going through severe pain due to your knee injury. Today I came to know that you will miss the England tour in June and likely to miss Australian series as well. It is really saddening hear all these.

Cricket fraternity missed you in the World T20 and missing you in this IPL. Had you led Sri Lanka in the World T20, then it could have been a different story. Sri Lanka looked like minnows without you. They had an inexperienced side and with only Mathews firing, you can’t expect much from them but your bowling, your captaincy that should have been the X-factor.

When I heard about your injury, I thought you may miss the initial parts of the IPL but missing the whole IPL, that never crossed my mind. There are no better death bowlers than you in the current era, even the great McGrath must have applauded your toe crushing yorkers.

Bowling in blockholes is a difficult trait to master and you have done it with ease. You fire one in the block hole, followed by another one, then another. We came to know, bowlers can consistently hit yorker length and low full tosses only when you showed us.

If the batting team needs only 6-7 runs in the final over say, with 5 wickets in hand then it is game over for the bowling side unless the bowler’s name is Malinga. That is the confidence you have instilled in us over the years.

Who would forget your 4 back-to-back wickets against South Africa in the 2007 ICC World Cup when Proteas were cruising for a victory(206-5 in 45th over). You almost singlehandedly won the game for Sri Lanka as your 4 wickets suddenly changed the complexion of the game to 207-9.

We see bowlers sledging batsman and showering bads words when they were gone for plenty but you are entirely different, all you do is just smile back at the batsman. You are not only a special player but also a wonderful human being.

We miss you, IPL miss you, Mumbai Indians miss you. We don’t know the how big is your injury, but we will surely pray for your speedy recovery.

Hoping to see you back in action soon.

With love,

Your fan

Mysterious Mishra

If anyone asks who is the best bowler in India, most of them say it is Ravichandran Ashwin. What about IPL? Still people will say Ashwin’s name but, in reality, Ashwin is 5th in the list of top 5 Indian wicket takers of all time. Surprised, aren’t you?

Delhi Daredevils’s Amith Mishra leads the list with 116 wickets.

Top 5 Indian wicket takers in IPL:

Amith Mishra – 116

Harbhajan Singh – 112

Piyush Chawla – 112

Vinay Kumar – 98

R Ashwin – 91