IPL 2022, MI vs LSG, Top Performances: KL Rahul’s 103*, Dushmantha Chameera’s 0-14 and Krunal Pandya’s 3-19 are top performances from MI vs LSG game
Brief Scores: LSG 168/6 (Rahul 103*, Meredith 40/2) beat MI 132/8 ( Rohit Sharma 39, Varma 38, Krunal 19/3) by 36 runs
Player of the Match: KL Rahul for 103 off 62 balls
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) clashed heads with Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The latter hit rock bottom in the IPL points table with seven straight losses in this season. The five-time IPL champions became the first team to attain an unfortunate record of seven straight defeats in IPL; they would have badly wanted to win this match against Lucknow to halt their juggernaut of defeats.
Lucknow Supergiants faced Mumbai Indians only once in IPL 2022 a week back and defeated them by 18 runs.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to field first.
Mumbai suffered their eighth successive defeat in this season of IPL
For Lucknow, skipper KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock opened the innings. However, Mumbai pacer Jasprit Bumrah sent back opener de Kock back to the hut early in the innings. Lucknow continued to lose wickets in succession without any significant partnership.
However, Rahul single-handedly carried the innings of LSG on his back. He hammered a phenomenal unbeaten knock of 103 runs off just 62 deliveries to help his side to post a remarkable total of 168 on the scoreboard.
While chasing a moderate target of 169 runs in 20 overs, skipper Rohit Sharma and Ishant Kishan opened the innings for Mumbai. Kishan struggled a lot, however, Sharma looked in fine touch. However, after the wicket of Kishan, Mumbai continued to get further dents.
Newcomer Tilak Varma batted sensibly but failed to help his side reach close to the target and LSG defeated Mumbai by 36 runs. Mumbai Indians faced their straight eighth defeat in IPL 2022 on Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the top performances from MI vs LSG game, IPL 2022:
KL Rahul smacks a breath-taking century
KL Rahul carried his spectacular form in this season of IPL to this game against Mumbai Indians by playing an eye-catching knock. He started with a boundary off opponent pacer Hrithik Shokeen in the second over of the innings. In the next over bowled by Daniel Sams, he pummeled two back-to-back boundaries and put the bowler on the backfoot.
On the other end, de Kock suffered a few close calls before getting out off Jasprit Bumrah on a personal score of just 10. However, Rahul continued to hammer opponent bowlers out of the park. He smoked a huge six over deep mid-wicket off pacer Jaydev Unadkat. Rahul followed it up with two back-to-back boundaries off pace Riley Meredith. He brought up his fifty in just 27 deliveries.
Manish Pandey stitched a vital partnership of 58 runs with his captain for the second wicket. However medium-pacer Kieron Pollard dismissed Manish on 22. In the next over, Rahul went berserk by cracking two monumental sixes off medium pacer Daniel Sams. However, at the other end, Lucknow continued to lose wickets in succession.
KL Rahul played sensibly in the middle overs; then in the death overs, he unleashed his striking power against opponent bowlers. He clobbered two boundaries off premier pacer of Mumbai, Bumrah and followed them with a hat-trick of fours off Unadkat. He completed his century by smashing an elephantine six over long-on off Meredith in the final over of the innings. He remained unbeaten on 103 off just 62 balls at the end of the innings. His fighting knock was studded with 12 fours and four elegant sixes. He carried the innings single-handedly to help his side go past 160 in 20 overs. A staggering 61.3 per cent of the team score came from Rahul’s bat.
Rahul rewrote record books by smashing his sixth T20 century, only the second Indian to achieve this record after Rohit Sharma.
Krunal Pandya bags three wickets
Mumbai openers came to the middle to chase the target of 169 runs. However, Lucknow skipper Rahul brought veteran spinner, Krunal Pandya, to bowl to the openers in the powerplay. Krunal Pandya bowled well and conceded only 14 runs in his first two overs.
Krunal came to bowl the tenth over of the innings and sent back dangerous looking Rohit Sharma to the pavilion. Rohit made 39 runs off 31 deliveries with the help of five fours and one six. In the final over of the game, Krunal Pandya picked up two more wickets to seal the match for his side.
Dushmantha Chameera bowled an incisive and stifling spell to halt Mumbai’s innings
Sri Lanka pacer Dushmantha Chameera, who was signed by Lucknow for a price of INR 2 crores, bowled an economical spell to check the run-scoring of Mumbai Indians. Chameera bowled the second over of the innings of Mumbai and troubled opener Ishan Kishan throughout the over. The right-arm speedster conceded only two runs in this over. He bowled another over to spend only 5 runs to keep the pressure on the opening pair of Rohit and Kishan.
When Mumbai required a staggering 97 runs off just 48 balls, captain Rahul brought back Chammera to bowl his third over in the innings. The 30-year-old pacer bowled a threatening over to concede only five runs to put batters under extreme pressure in the face of a high required run rate.
Also, Chameera bowled the penultimate over of the match, when 44 runs were required by MI in two overs. The Sri Lanka pacer conceded only five runs to close the match for Lucknow on a winning note. In total, Chameera spent only 14 runs in his quota of four overs to help his side defeat Mumbai Indians.
IPL 2022 Points Table
What’s to come
Punjab Kings will face Chennai Super Kings on April 25 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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