IPL 2022, LSG vs MI: MI faced another defeat as KL Rahul hit his second century of the season.
KL Rahul proved to be Mumbai Indians’ enemy once more, as his superb second century set up a comfortable 36-run win for Lucknow Super Giants, knocking the five-time champions out of the IPL. Rahul extended his fairytale run against MI, smashing an unbeaten 103 off 62 balls with 12 fours and four maximums as LSG amassed 168 for 6 after being asked to bat at the Wankhede stadium.
In response, Rohit Sharma looked brilliant during his 31-ball 39, but MI collapsed once more, falling to 67 for four.
Then, Tilak Varma produced a tenacious 27-ball 38 to offer MI some hope before Lucknow limited them to 132 for 8, for their sixth win in eight matches and fourth place in the overall points standing.
For MI, it was another collective failure as they suffered their eighth consecutive loss, becoming the first team in tournament history to reach that dubious record as they remain at the bottom.
All of LSG’s bowlers contributed, with Krunal Pandya getting 3 for 19 and Dushmantha Chameera conceding only 14 runs in 4 overs.
Rahul, who had hit a century against MI just a few days before, seemed in command, but he didn’t get enough support from the other batters.
Manish Pandey and Rahul Dravid shared a 58-run stand, but he lacked focus throughout his run-a-ball 22, while Marcus Stoinis (0), Krunal Pandya (1), and Deepak Hooda (10) all returned to the pavilion in rapid succession.
Later, Rahul added 47 off 25 balls with young Ayush Badoni (14) to help LSG to a competitive total.
Daniel Sams, an Australian, had a disappointing evening for MI, conceding 40 runs in four overs.
Kieran Pollard slowed things down with two wickets in two overs, Riley Meredith accounted for two but conceded 40, and Jasprit Bumrah once again demonstrated his all-format prowess.
Chasing 169, Ishan Kishan appeared unsure, but with Rohit in top form, MI scored 43 for no loss in the opening six overs.
During the powerplay, the MI captain smashed five boundaries and a six, raising hopes of a successful chase.
Ravi Bishnoi, on the other hand, put Kishan out in the eighth over, while Mohsin Khan, who replaced an injured Avesh Khan in the XI, got rid of Dewald Brevis (3) for his first IPL wicket. Rohit was then forced to play across the line as Krunal outwitted his former MI captain, leaving Mumbai at 58 for 3. Suryakumar Yadav (7) walked back after hitting a terrible shot, handing Ayush Badoni his first IPL wicket. But when Tilak hit two fours and two sixes, and when he was sent back by Jason Holder, it was game over for MI.
Earlier, the MI bowlers struck early, with Bumrah dismissing Quinton de Kock (10) and Rohit Sharma taking a low-sinking catch. MI deployed four bowlers in the powerplay, but LSG only managed 32 runs in the first six overs. Rahul and Pandey battled to raise the stakes as pressure was applied from both sides.
Rahul then exploded into action, hitting six-over deep midwicket from Unadkat, while Pandey smacked Meredith into the sightscreen.
The LSG captain then pulled one beyond deep mid-wicket before cutting the next ball over point for consecutive boundaries as the Lucknow club notched up 17 runs to reach 72 for one at the halfway point. Bumrah was reintroduced into the assault, but Rahul sent him across a deep square leg and then picked up a single to complete the fifty. Pandey’s (22) struggle came to an end with a top-edge off a Pollard short ball to Meredith.
Rahul smacked Sams over long-on, shaking the bowler, who ended up bowling three wide balls in a row. Rahul blasted the next real delivery over deep backward point, but he redeemed himself slightly in the fifth ball, with Marcus Stoinis holing out to Tilak Varma at deep mid-wicket. Following the swift removal of Pandya and Hooda by Pollard and Meredith, Ayush Badoni joined Rahul, who continued to push the boundaries for LSG. Rahul smashed Bumrah for two fours before slamming Unadkat for three more in the next over. He hit three digits with a six off Meredith.