Nothing worked for Mumbai Indians even on their return to the Wankhede Stadium for the first time in more than 3 years. The 5-time champions lost to Lucknow Super Giants by 36 runs in Match 37 of IPL 2022, slipping to their 8th successive loss.
Lucknow rode on KL Rahul’s 103 not out to register their 5th win of the season and move to the 4th spot on the IPL 2022 points table. On the other hand, MI are winless after 8 matches are rooted to the bottom of the table.
Rahul shone with a stunning knock on a pitch where most others struggled as Rohit’s call to win the toss and opt to bowl backfired.
Mumbai Indians’ chances of reaching the play-offs are all but over, if not over, after their 8th successive loss. The 5-time champions, including their captain, look low on confidence after the horror run in IPL 2022.
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The Wankhede crowd, which began the evening by wishing Sachin Tendulkar on the legend’s 49th birthday, went home disappointed after a disjointed effort from the home team.
Barring young Tilak Varma, none of the other batters put their hand up in a tricky chase of 169. Finisher Kieron Pollard looked a shadow of himself as he fell for 19 from 20 balls, struggling to get going against some superlative death bowling from the Lucknow Super Giants.
Sri Lankan import Dushmantha Chameera gave away just 5 runs in the 19th over against one of the best finishers in the game, Kieron Pollard. The fast bowler did not pick up a wicket but gave away just 14 runs in his 4-over spell.
Krunal Pandya picked up the wicket of his former teammate Pollard in the final over and was certainly the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/19.
ROHIT GETS GOING
Out-of-form Mumbai Indians openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan had contrasting stints in the middle on Sunday. While the skipper showed signs of a return to form with a 31-ball 39, Ishan struggled to put bat to ball, evoking critical reactions from fans on social media who questioned his huge price tag of Rs 15.25 crore.
Ishan Kishan managed just 8 runs from 20 balls, failing to hit a single boundary in the powerplay. Rohit had to the heavy lifting and he did so in the first six overs, hitting a six and 5 boundaries.
However, he fell to his former teammate Krunal Pandya in the 10th over, trying to play a cross-batted shot against the left-arm spinner. Rohit’s dismissal came in the over right after Dewald Brevis’s exit as Mumbai’s top-order failed to step up in front of a passionate home crowd.
BADONI GETS SURYA
KL Rahul, who was missing his strike bowler Avesh Khan due to a niggle, made the most of his 6th-bowling option. He threw the ball to part-timer Ayush Badoni and the youngster, who has been in fine form with the bat in IPL 2022, got the big wicket of Suryakumar Yadav fell for 7.
In fact, Avesh’s replacement Mohsin Khan impressed as the left-arm pacer finished with figures of 1/27 in his 4 overs with the big wicket of ‘Baby AB’ Brevis.
RAHUL’S 4th TON
KL Rahul’s love affair with Mumbai Indians continued as the Lucknow captain smashed 103 not out from just 62 balls. It was his 2nd hundred against the 5-time champions in the ongoing IPL 2022 season. Notably, he had scored an identical score of 103 not out in their reverse fixture, which they won by 18 runs. Rahul smashed 2 sixes and 12 boundaries for his 3rd IPL hundred against MI – a record for most hundreds against a franchise in the IPL.
However, Rahul had very little support from the rest of his batting unit. While Jasprit Bumrah struck in his first over to remove his former teammate Quinton de Kock, Rahul and Manish Pandey opted for caution over aggression, managing just 32 runs in the powerplay.
Karnataka teammates Pandey and Rahul tried to get going with some lusty hits after the powerplay but Kieron Pollard got the breakthrough, snapping a 58-run stand for the 3rd wicket in the 12th over.
Rahul was losing partners at some pace as Marcus Stoinis, who walked in at No.,4, fell without troubling the scorers to Daniel Sams following which Pollard got his 2nd wicket, removing his former teammate Krunal Pandya for 0.
It was a one-man effort from KL Rahul in the end overs as he took to the attack to Jaydev Unadkat, Sams and Riley Meredith. Rahul got to his hundred in the 20th over with a six over deep mid-wicket.
Lucknow got 52 runs in the last 5 overs, thanks to Rahul’s efforts despite a 4-run 19th over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Rahul and a late cameo from Ayush Badoni helped Lucknow take 13 runs in the final over.