Mumbai Indians snatched a sensational five-run win over Indian Premier League leaders Gujarat Titans on Friday.
Gujarat needed nine gettable runs in the final over but fast bowler Daniel Sams conceded just three to earn Mumbai only its second win in 10 games.
Gujarat finished at 172-5 after Mumbai made 177-6.
Tim David’s unbeaten 44 off 21 balls for Mumbai, including two sixes in the last over, also proved critical in the end.
“On any day, we’d take nine off the last over,” Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya said, believing two run outs cost his team. “We played good cricket for 19.2 overs in our innings. One or two hits would have made a difference (but) we should not have let it come down to the last over.”
Despite its second successive loss, Gujarat still leads the IPL.
Gujarat’s chase got a perfect start from a robust 106-run opening stand between Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill against a struggling Mumbai bowling attack.
Gill made 55 off 40 balls and Saha scored 52 off 36 deliveries as they shared a dozen boundaries and four sixes.
But Mumbai got a sniff when spinner Murugan Ashwin dismissed both openers in a span of five deliveries in the 13th over as the batters went for big shots but holed out in the deep.
Gujarat’s middle order stuttered against some brilliant fielding when Pandya and Rahul Tewatia were run out.
Gujarat needed 20 off the last two overs and Jasprit Bumrah gave away 11 off the penultimate over to finish with more disappointing figures of 0-48. But Sams held his nerve against David Miller (19 not out) with his slower deliveries to deny Gujarat its ninth win in 11 matches.
Earlier, Ishan Kishan (45) and skipper Rohit Sharma (43) gave Mumbai a solid foundation with a 74-run for the first wicket.
Afghan legspinner Rashid Khan picked up 2-24 — including Rohit — when he clean bowled Kieron Pollard for 4 in his last over and also took three catches to be involved in five Mumbai dismissals.
But David, who rejected singles off the first two balls in fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s final over, lofted the paceman for two crucial sixes to give Mumbai enough runs in hindsight