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Indian Premier League: In Lasith Malinga's absence, Mitchell McClenaghan doing a brilliant job for Mumbai Indians

New Delhi: While Lasith Malinga's injury came as a huge blow for defending champions Mumbai Indians ahead of Indian Premier League 2016, Mitchell McClenaghan has filled the Sri Lankan's shoes extremely well for the Rohit Sharma-led side so far in the tournament.

McClenaghan, who has a knack of picking wickets just like the slinger, was pivotal in Mumbai's brilliant win against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

While he was Mumbai's most ecomomical bowler (2/25), he followed it with a stupendous 8-ball 20 cameo which came as a huge shock for Gautam Gambhir & Co.

It was a massive win for Mumbai, considering their poor start in the previous editions, where they have lost more than four consecutive matches in the last couple of years.

The win came as a huge relief for the defending champions after they were crushed by 9 wickets by Rising Pune Supergiants in their opening encounter.

Even though he was the unsung hero at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday, he certainly made a point and is one of the players to watch out for in this tournament.

From Zee News

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IPL 2017 Points Table

TEAMS MP Won Lost Pts
MI 14 10 4 20
RPS 14 9 5 18
SRH 14 8 5 17
KKR 14 8 5 16
KXIP 14 7 7 14
DD 14 6 8 12
GL 14 4 10 8
RCB 14 3 10 7

ORANGE CAP

1 David Warner
SRH
641
Runs
2 Gautam Gambhir
KKR | 498 Runs
3 Shikhar Dhawan
SRH | 479 Runs

PURPLE CAP

1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar
SRH
26 Wickets
2 Jaydev Unadkat
RPS | 24 Wickets
3 Jasprit Bumrah
MI | 20 Wickets